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Ronald I. McNamara


Ronald I. McNamara will be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father, and a beloved grandfather and great-grandfather.

Mac, who died peacefully on August 17, 2017 at M. S. Hershey Penn State Medical Center at the age of 84, was a United States Marine Corp veteran who also spent much of his adult life working for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry. He also served as a member of the Middletown Area School Board and the Evangelical United Methodist Church, Middletown, Pa.

Following his discharge from the Marines in 1956, Mac worked at Olmsted Air Force Base until the base’s closing. Following the closing, he went to work for the Commonwealth, retiring as the assistant director of administrative services with the Department of Labor and Industry. After his retirement, Ron also worked as a security officer for HERCO.

Ron, who was born October 27, 1932, in Altoona, was the son of the late John A. and Nancy “Bessie” R. (Bigley) McNamara. He was preceded in death by his brother John H., his sister Jane, and his daughter Lori Ann.

Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beverly and his children, daughter Deborah D. Verbos and her husband Kenneth; daughter Lynda M. Whary and her husband Scott; son John P. McNamara and his wife Barbara; son Kevin M. McNamara; son Christopher R. McNamara and fiancée Julie; and daughter Erin E. Washington and husband Mike. He is also survived by 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11a.m. at his church, Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 East Water Street, Middletown, Pa. A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc, 260 East Main Street, Middletown, Pa. and also from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at his church.

Mac will be buried Friday at 1 p.m. with full military honors at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Ron may be made to his church.

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