Ronald Lee Gottman, 80, formerly of Palmyra, Mo., died May 7, 2019, in Surprise, Ariz. He had been in declining health due to congestive heart failure.
Ron was born in Hannibal on Sept. 30, 1938 to Paul and Norma Gottman, Palmyra. He grew up on his parents’ farm outside of Palmyra.
He met Linda Hatton when he offered her a ride, because she was carrying heavy packages. They were married on Feb. 13, 1957, and soon took up residence in a house near Ron’s parents’ farm east of Palmyra.
Ron is survived by his wife of 62 years, Linda (Hatton), Surprise; three children, Dennis (Lolly), Manhattan Beach, Calif.; Jodi (Mark) Bush, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Andy Gottman, Leander, Texas; a sister, Marge Sutton, Palmyra; seven grandchildren, Chris (Kami) Harsell, Hannibal; Sabrina (Allen) West, Indianapolis, Ind.; Alison Harsell, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Bryan (Meagan) Gottman, Gilbert, Ariz.; Nikki (Sean) Hollin, Peoria, Ariz.; Michael Gottman, Tempe, Ariz.; and Kate Gottman, Atlanta, Ga.; and five great-grandchildren, Evan Harsell, Jacob and Gracelyn Hollin, and Azaryah and Levi Gottman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Fred.
After receiving elementary education in a small country school, Ron graduated from Palmyra High School in 1955.
Ron worked at several different jobs over the years. He worked on family farms. He was a machinist at Gardner-Denver Corp. and shop foreman and sheetmetal fabricator at Harris Corp, Broadcast Products Division, both in Quincy, Ill. Finally, he drove trucks for Bleigh Construction of Hannibal.
He was an active member of the Hannibal Church of Christ. He was also an adult leader and scout master of the Palmyra Boy Scouts Troop 161 in the early 70s.
Ron and Linda moved to Colorado in 1982, first to Lamar and later to Colorado Springs. They enjoyed living near Pikes Peak and spending time in the mountains, especially at the log cabin that had been in Linda’s family for many years. After retiring, they moved to Phoenix, Ariz. in 2006 to take advantage of the warm winters and no snow.
A memorial service for Ron was held May 17, at the Northwest Church of Christ, Glendale, Ariz. 85308.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.