Ronald A. Chetlin
CHETLIN: Ronald A. Chetlin, 75, passed away April 12, 2018, at his home in Greenville, Texas. Born January 20, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., Ron was the son of the late Israel Chetlin and Sylvia Gershon Chetlin. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Susan Rothman Chetlin; daughter Ami and her husband Rocky of Sugarland, Texas, son David and his wife Cecily of Frisco, Texas; six grandchildren: Michael, Matthew, Andrew, Jace, Ryan and Jack; his sister Michele Chetlin Beaven of The Villages, Fla.; caregiver Cara Bull of Wolfe City, Texas; and his beloved dog Ginger. Ron grew up in Pittsburgh, graduating from Taylor Allderdice High School before attending Case Western Reserve University. While working for Westinghouse, he married Sue in 1968. Ten years later they moved their family to Greenville, Texas, where Ron worked for E-Systems (now L-3) and Sue taught elementary school. Ron received a degree in mathematics from Texas A&M Commerce, and later taught high school in Commerce and Quinlin, Texas. Ron was adventurous and loved sharing new experiences with his family and friends. An amazing chef, he was always trying out new kitchen appliances and unusual cooking techniques. He never gave up hope that his daughter-in-law would someday want to learn to cook. He was an accomplished wood worker and craftsman. He made his own rods, and spent many happy hours fly fishing. He took up snow skiing later in life. Ron and Sue loved to travel in their RV, accompanied by their faithful border collies. They visited 49 states and all but one province in Canada – sometimes going where there were no roads. He shared his love with many pets: birds, fish (including piranhas, a lionfish and an octopus), hermit crabs, a skunk (who finally had to move to the Pittsburgh Zoo) and best friends, his dogs. Ron loved deeply, even though it was basically impossible for him to say it. His blunt advice may have led to some uncomfortable conversations, but was always rooted in his deep concern. He was a mainstay at the City Council meetings as he was always challenging injustices and standing up for what matters in life.
Donations may be made to the Lewy Body Dementia Association or the American Cancer Society.