Ronald H. Heames, Niles, Ohio Obituary

NILES, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Ronald H. Heames, 99, died Monday morning August 1, 2022.

Ron was born May 27, 1923 in Niles, Ohio, the son of the late Harold and Violet Black Heames.

Mr. Heames was a 1940 graduate of Niles McKinley High School and briefly attended New York University.

He was a decorated platoon sergeant with the 104th Infantry Division serving in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany during World War II.

He served as vice president of Superior Printing, retiring in 1991.

An avid golfer, he was a former member and former chairman of Bristol Country Club and a former member of Trumbull Country Club.

He was a volunteer at the Butler Institute of American Art and enjoyed researching collections and creating panels among other activities. He volunteered for the Geauga County Naturalist Program, was a very active supporter of his class in 1940, organizing meetings and writing and sending newsletters to classmates across the country.

On August 7, 1942, Ron married Aileen Rose, his classmate and high school sweetheart. They were avid travelers across the United States, Canada and abroad. This love marriage lasted 60 years until Aileen passed away on May 14, 2002.

He is survived by his daughters, Jan Johnson and Cindy Derr, with whom he makes his home; grandchildren, Michelle, Chelsie, Kasey and Abigail and great-grandchildren, Isaac, Landon, Elise, Liam, Shane, Ryan and Mila.

He was predeceased by Aileen; brother Robert; sister, Violet and son, Ron on September 28, 2001.

Per Ron’s wishes, private military service took place at Crown Hill Burial Park in Vienna.

It was Mr. Heames’ wish that material tributes take the form of contributions to the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Avenue, Youngstown, OH 44502.

The family would like to thank all the caring and compassionate people at Traditions Health Hospice.

How lucky we are to be so sad to say goodbye.

Arrangements managed by Lane Family Funeral Homes. Family and friends can send their deepest condolences by visiting

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A television tribute will air Thursday, August 4 at the following approximate times: 7:10 a.m. on FOX, 12:22 p.m. on WKBN, 5:08 p.m. on MyYTV, and 7:27 p.m. on WYTV.