LIBERTY — Ronald “Ronnie” Ezra Newton Jr. was born to Ronald and Madeline Newton in Jefferson March 27, 1947. Ronnie passed away Feb. 20, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s.

Just like he dealt with all experiences in life, he managed his illness with strength and grace. On his final day on earth, he was surrounded by his loving wife of 50 years, his children and grandchildren.

Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Wendell; and sisters, Joanne, Rebecca and Rose.

He is survived by his wife, Roxanne Newton (Cram) of Liberty; daughters Bethany Bartlett (husband, Dean Bartlett) of Liberty, Lisa Gillespie (husband, Bill Gillespie) of Montville; grandchildren Chelsea Hubbard (fiancé Zach Forsythe) of Waterville and Brandon Hubbard fiancée Gabi Brassart) of Pennsylvania; and siblings Deloris, Eugene, Pat, Ramona, Kathy, Alice, Ricky, David and Harriet.

Ronnie joined the Army March 18, 1969, and spent time serving in Germany until he was honorably discharged Nov. 30, 1970.

He met the love of his life, Roxanne, when he returned stateside. While they were dating, Richard and Doris Palmer opened their home to him for a year and loved him as their own. Ronnie and Roxanne married in 1972 and went on to have two daughters. He was a wonderful husband and dad who was always there for them through their ups and downs and was happy to have been promoted to a papa in 1996. He took so much pride in his family, as they did in him.

In 1971, Ronnie started his career at Robbins Lumber and moved on to being a self-employed mechanic after 32 years. He had a love of all automobiles that began in his childhood, but was very partial to Fords and loved to debate with anyone on how Fords were better than Chevys. He enjoyed being a mechanic and helped whoever he could. He never looked to get rich, just loved what he did. He will forever be remembered for his laugh, his teasing, his love of candy, scratch-off tickets and smoking up the road with his Trans Am.

Ronnie’s family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Molison and everyone in his office at Walker Health Center in Liberty for answering their questions, seeing him in the office or his home and just going above and beyond in their care of him. They also wish to extend their appreciation to Beacon Hospice and his personal caregiver, Bonnie.

A funeral service will be held at Liberty Baptist Church Saturday, March 12, at 11 a.m., with a luncheon to follow.  Memories and condolences may be shared at ripostafh.com.

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