Lawrence Ronald Dowden’s life journey and work here on Earth was completed July 12, 2019 at home after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born on Christmas day 1936 to Lawrence Faye Dowden and Marveen Keller at his parent’s home in Wayne Township.
He graduated at age 16 from Circleville High School. After graduation Ron wanted to join the military, but was too young. While he waited to come of age he worked delivering for Ullman’s Flowers and City of Circleville Water Department.
In 1956 he enlisted in the Army and left for training, his stint in the military being the only time he lived away from Wayne Township. He served his country and returned to Circleville to start work at DuPont, retiring on 8/13/1998.
Three months after starting at DuPont, he married his loving wife and partner in many adventures Anita J. Budnovich. Together they owned and ran The Guest House Motel from 1984-1994. They then started a cleaning business, Pick-A-Way Cleaning Inc. Ron was a Sertoma member and officer, and past maintenance personnel for Crossroads Church.
He loved working with wood, refinishing and carpentry. If you moved into Pickaway County, you more than likely received a welcome basket from Crossroads Love-in-Action Team. He was a proud member and did many deliveries. Ron loved his family, raising his four daughters and being the Patriarch of a household of five women. He will be dearly missed by those who knew him.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws Dorothy and Louie Budnovich; special Aunt Freda Eccard and niece Tammie Metzler. He is survived by his wife Anita Dowden; his daughters Cindy (Rick Hartinger) Dowden, Donna (Randy) Russell, Rhonda (Brian) Marshall and Angela (Dave) Dingus; his five grandchildren Brandy (Jason) Coyan, Renea (James Post) Reed, Travis (Ashley) Russell, Briana (Brandon) Veazey, and Taylor (Seth) Johnson; his step-grand-daughter Katelynn (Tyler Turvey) Dingus; 11 great-grandchildren with one arriving in January; his half-sister Barbara (Goldsberry) Metzler; his nephew Mike (Tracey Montgomery) Metzler and his niece Amy Voeltner.
Visitation will be held at Crossroads Church, located at 5679 Tarlton Road, Circleville on Monday July 15 from 4 to 8pm. Ron’s funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 16 at 11am at Crossroads with visitation held an hour prior. Pastor David Lattimer will be officiating, burial to follow at Forest Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Parkinson’s Foundation for National Research, 200 SE. 1st St. Suite 800, Miami, Florida 33131, Ohio Health/Berger Hospice, Helping Hands of Pickaway County or a charity of your choice.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for Ron’s care with Logan Elm Health Care and Ohio Health/Berger ICU and Hospice.