Ronald Lee Gottman, 80, formerly of Palmyra, died May 7, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. He had been in declining health due to congestive heart failure.
Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Linda (Hatton) of Surprise; and three children, Dennis (Lolly) of Manhattan Beach, Calif., Jodi (Mark) Bush of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Andy of Leander, Texas. Ron and Linda also have seven grandchildren, Chris (Kami) Harsell of Hannibal, Sabrina (Allen) West of Indianapolis, Ind., Alison Harsell of Colorado Springs, Colo., Bryan (Meagan) Gottman of Gilbert, Ariz., Nikki (Sean) Hollin of Peoria, Ariz., Michael Gottman of Tempe, Ariz., and Kate Gottman of Atlanta, Ga.; and five great-grandchildren, Evan Harsell, Jacob and Gracelyn Hollin, Azaryah and Levi Gottman.
Ron was born in Hannibal on Sept. 30, 1938. He grew up on his parents' farm outside of Palmyra. His parents were Paul and Norma Gottman. His older brother, Fred, predeceased him; and his sister, Marge (Sutton), lives in Palmyra.
After receiving elementary education in a small country school, Ron graduated from Palmyra High School in 1955. He met Linda when he offered her a ride, because she was carrying heavy packages. They were married on Feb. 13, 1957, and soon took up residence in a house near Ron's parents' farm east of Palmyra.
Ron worked at several different jobs over the years. He worked on family farms. He was a machinist at Gardner-Denver Corp. and shop foreman and sheetmetal fabricator at Harris Corp. and Broadcast Products Division, both in Quincy, Ill. Finally, he drove trucks for Bleigh Construction of Hannibal.
Ron was an active member of the Hannibal Church of Christ. He was also an adult leader and Scout Master of the Palmyra Boy Scouts Troop 161 in the early '70s.
Ron and Linda moved to Colorado in 1982, first to Lamar and later to Colorado Springs. They enjoyed living near Pikes Peak and spending time in the mountains, especially at the log cabin that had been in Linda's family for many years. After retiring, they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., in 2006 to take advantage of the warm weather and no snow.
A memorial service for Ron will held at 2 p.m. May 17, 2019, at the Northwest Church of Christ, 5110 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale, AZ 85308.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.