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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Directions to Ronnie's Funeral

Directions from Lindley to Odessa are as follows. It may be a couple of miles longer but it's easier.

Rt. 414 to Watkins. After big hill in Watkins turn on the Rt. 14 S (at bottom of hill, in front of Pizza Hut). In Montour Falls turn Left onto Rt. 224 (next to Citgo Gas station) and up hill. 3 miles or so at blinking light turn right (Church Street) approx. 1 mile up on right side is the funeral home.

Travel safe.

Kevin Sullivan
Vedder & Scott Funeral Home


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i went to the viewing last nite lots of good people there but one thing caught my attention seems there was a co/worker of ronnies that is taking this pretty hard yet he is left out of the picture so to speak ron worked with 3 others not 2 you have a nice town crew to bad ALL are noticed instead of a couple i express my sorrow for all of you and AL i didnt forget you sorry buddy john j

7:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dee Hill and her crew did a great job on the luncheon. I am sure the family appreciated your efforts. This goes to show that this town pulls together when a tradgedy such as this happens. Makes one glad to live here.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I doubt that anyone was intentionally "left out". I am under the impression that one of the highway crew was out of town when the photo of the new building dedication was taken if this is what you are referring to. An effort was made to find a photo of the highway crew and unfortunately because the dedication was the most recent photo-this is the one used. It was not meant to slight anyone.
The Lindley residents do appreciate Dick Johnson and the efforts of "all" of his crew. This was most obvious today at the luncheon provided for the family. Dick and his crew are part of the "Town of Lindley Family" Their sorrow is our sorrow.

10:18 PM  
Anonymous Sallyann said...

I don't know if this will help, but from what I witnessed throughout this very sad ordeal, Ronnie was one of the most loved people in town. In his short life, he touched a lot of people because of his easy going way and a hundred other personality traits that were positively endearing. When you made friends with Ronnie, you knew it would be a lifetime friendship. He was one of the good guys in every way imaginable.

I made friends with Ronnie almost 23 years ago. Months would go by sometimes before I’d see him again, but we’d pick up exactly where we left off. We’d engage in idle chit-chat or get caught up with each others families…you know….”How’s the kids and Connie” and he’d ask what Lar was up to. Sometimes we’d talk til the cows came home about things on our minds. Ronnie never solved my problems and I never solved his. We just talked about “stuff”. What we liked and didn’t like about the world we lived in. And Ronnie liked more things than he didn’t like.

Ronnie lived on the positive side of life. He was all about doing the right thing for his family and friends. He never undermined you or made you look bad so he could look good. Ronnie was very secure with who he was. And I might add, very secure with who we were too. He was one of the most tolerant people I’ve ever known. Think of the number of people who showed up at the funeral home to give their last respects. They were people from all walks of life with different personalities and Ronnie got along with all of them. You could be yourself around Ronnie. And that my friend was a gift that Ronnie gave to each and every one of us. Our “warts” didn’t matter to Ronnie because he wasn’t looking for them. He chose to see the goodness in people.

And when you have a friend like that, and you lose that friend like we lost Ronnie, you have suffered a great loss.

No one who knew and loved Ronnie escaped the blow of his untimely death. No one was left out. In a blink of an eye we were thrown together and left to our own resources to get through this tragedy. Grief is not something you share. It is a solitary affliction of the heart. You suffer alone. It can be comforted, but it can’t be reconciled. It is what it is. The loss is always there.

And the loss is the greatest for Ronnie’s family and all of his co-workers.

Each of us, in our own way and in our own time will come to terms with Ronnie’s passing. But we will never forget him.

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a huge and sad event. No doubt that Ronnie touched so many lives. The sadness and heartache continues as I think of all who were so close to him. Who thought of him as family. Who feel a huge loss now. I know for a fact Dick and the town crew have taken this tragedy very hard. All of them. In response to one being left out, not a chance. Ronnie was like their brother. They each have their own memories and heartache and suffer together. As a whole. They all hurt and feel a great loss of a friend/co-worker/family member. Thankfully, they have their families and remaining co-workers to lean on and talk to that will help with the pain. Its so nice to see a town pull together like they have for this. Indeed, Lindley is a special place with many caring, sympathetic people. Everyone pulling together makes it a little "easier" for everyone. My heart breaks for the Sawyer family. Although these are only words, I hope you know you have many, many people who share your loss and are more than willing to do anything to help you. Ronnie was a great man who will forever be remembered. Great job on the luncheon Dee and crew! Great food from all our terrific chefs in town as well! Job well done by all.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some folks just don't do funerals for one reason or another. It has to be up to the individual whether they go to a funearal home to vist a departed one or not go.

11:58 AM  
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Anonymous Sallyann said...

My apologies, but someone is posting advertisements in the comment links on the blog. That's why the above comment was removed.

10:21 AM  

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