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Ronald S. Sarkon, 76, of Traverse City, passed away unexpectedly June 15, 2017. Ron was born on Dec. 22, 1940 in Pontiac to the late Steve and Janet (Gala) Sarkon.
Ron married his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Joyce Elaine Bergman, on Aug. 5, 1961 at St. Francis Catholic Church. They raised their family in Rochester and returned to their hometown of Traverse City for their golden years.
Ron attended Ferris State University. He co-owned and operated an automotive-based business in Troy. He was admired for his salesmanship and his ability to connect with people.
In his spare time Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and cooking. He was a dedicated member of Ducks Unlimited. He loved watching his grandkids play sports.
He and Joyce also loved to support St. Francis athletics and could often be found in the stands cheering on the Glads. They also enjoyed attending and volunteering at the Concerts on the Lawn at the Grand Traverse Pavilions.
Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; son, Steve (Linda), of Linden; daughter, Krista (Peter) Galio, of Clarkston; grandchildren, Brady, Aaron and Cole Sarkon and Olivia and Logan Galio; brother, Larry Sarkon; sisters-in-law, Jean (Glen) Gerard and Cathy (Harold) Wilber; and many beloved nephews and nieces.
Ron will be greatly missed. His life will be celebrated with a Mass on Saturday, July 15. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and Mass at 10 a.m., at St. Francis Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to assist his family in supporting medical expenses associated with his long-term battle with multiple myeloma may be directed to www.gofundme.com/ronaldsarkon or consider a contribution in his name to Ducks Unlimited or a charity of your choice.
Please visit www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories and condolences with the family.
The family is being cared for by Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on June 22, 2017
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