RANDOLPH - Ronald James Cargill, 70, of Route 242, Randolph, passed away Saturday (July 28, 2012) in WCA Hospital.
He was born May 24, 1942, in Salamanca, N.Y., the son of the late James Bernard Cargill and Vilet "Betty" Bowley Rung.
Ron attended Randolph Central School prior to his military service. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Germany from April 9, 1964, to April 4, 1966. Prior to his retirement, Ron was the head mechanic at the Randolph Central School Bus Garage for 24 years and in earlier years, he had worked at Allegany State Park, Coldspring Construction Company of Akron, N.Y. and Proto Tool in Jamestown.
He was a life member of the East Randolph Fire Department for 40 years, a member of the Randolph American Legion Post 181, Randolph Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 6533 and the Randolph Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 2273 for 25 years. Ron loved his family and grandchildren and also enjoyed camping, boating, dancing and socializing with his many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Pearl I. Rhodes Cargill, whom he married on September 1, 1967, in Salamanca, four daughters: Jody (Joe) Eckstrom of West Ellicott, N.Y., Rhonda (Jeff) Buck, Tammy (John) Zeth and Terri (Kevin) O'Neill, all of Randolph, a sister, Peggy (the late John) Reycroft of Randolph, nine grandchildren: Dustin, Dylan and Danielle Purdy, Chelsie, Kyle, Nicki and Kaylee Zeth and Kaleb and Kayden O'Neill; and a great grandson, Ausdynn James Purdy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepmother Jean Forness Cargill and a stepfather Russell Rung.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the VanRensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. The Rev. Rodney Mileham will officiate.
Funeral services will also be held in the Funeral Home on Wednesday August 1, 2012, at 11 a.m. Members of the Randolph American Legion Post 181 will conduct full military honors in the funeral home on Wednesday.
To leave a condolence, log onto www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be sent the East Randolph Fire Department or to the Randolph Rescue Squad.