Ronald Ray Badertscher

07/14/1941 - 01/21/2024


Obituary For Ronald Ray Badertscher

Mt. Cory
Ronald Ray Badertscher, 82, passed away January 21, 2024, at the Mennonite Memorial Home.

Ron was born July 14, 1941 in Bluffton, to Wilmer and Glenona (Hathaway) Badertscher who preceded him in death. On January 20, 1962 he married Sharlee Burge Badertscher who survives.

He was a 1959 graduate of Bluffton High School and was a life-long member St. John's United Church of Christ, where he held many roles. He retired after 42 years of dedication to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. He was a member of the Bluffton Sportsman's Club, where he served as president for a period of time. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, farming, and raising livestock. He also liked watching Ohio State University football, attending his children and grandchildren's events, and was always joking. He could often be found drinking coffee with his friends at McDonald's. Above all, he loved his family dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlee Badertscher of Mount Cory; three children, Lori Dillon of Grand Rapids, MI, Mark Badertscher of Findlay, Cara (Kenneth) Reuille of Findlay; fourteen grandchildren, Tom (Kristin) Dillon, Bill Dillon, Virginia (Sam) Welk, John Dillon, Frank Dillon, Joe Dillon, Steve Dillon, Clare Dillon, Katie Badertscher, Luke Reuille, Matthew Reuille, Olivia Reuille, Ava Reuille, Noah Reuille; great-granddaughters, Annie and Nora Dillon; and three siblings, James (Darlene) Badertscher of Leipsic, Robert (Vicki) Badertscher of Englewood, OH, and Mona (Joseph) Losh of Elida; and a step brother, Mike Foster.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Richard Badertscher and Denise Hendricks.

Services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's United Church of Christ of Bluffton. Rev. Jeremy Mann to officiate the service. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery following the service. Visitation will be Friday, January 26, 2024 at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services of Bluffton, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bridge Hospice or St. John's United Church of Christ.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at


26 Jan


05:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Chiles-Laman Funeral Home - Bluffton Chapel 239 South Main Street Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
27 Jan


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

St. John's United Church of Christ 223 W. College Ave. Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
27 Jan

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

St. John's United Church of Christ 223 W. College Ave. Bluffton, OH 45817 Get Directions »
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  • 01/29/2024

    Mark and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Know we are thinking of you in this difficult time. - Mark & Susan Marshall

  • 01/25/2024

    A LOT of good memories of Ron. I am fortunate to have known him. Classmates, Ron, Rod Stratton and myself, shared a special friendship! Now there is just one person left who knows how a horse came to be tethered to the BHS flag pole one night many years ago. Condolences to Sharlee and all of the family. Ron was a good guy.

  • 01/25/2024

    Bob, I am sorry for your family with the lost of a brother. Al Traucht

  • 01/24/2024

    Cara & family - you have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I'm confident that Ron's very proud of each of you and will be smiling down as you heal during this time of loss and frustration. His love and support lives forever inside each of you. Prayers to the family!

  • 01/23/2024

    Ron, was always like a second father to me growing up . You have my deepest sympathy. Karen Weyer Falk

  • 01/23/2024

    Sharlee, We are sorry to learn that Ron has passed. Want to share a memory. Al worked nights with Ron in the Byal Park warehouse at Cooper right after he got out of the Navy about 1970-71. You invited us for a meal when you were living on Mound Street and prepared turtle. It was excellent. We never forgot how good it was. That is the only time we ever ate turtle but always wanted to have it again. Still hoping....Al and Ron also had fun catching frogs at the Clay Pits back in the day. Al and Elaine Rettig

  • 01/22/2024

    Ron was the sweetest man, full of love and humor. He made our Thanksgiving memorable and our get together in Florida so much fun. He will truly be missed. Carolyn Weaver

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