Ronald D. Tate

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Ronald D. Tate

June 17, 1948 - August 08, 2018

Ronald D. Tate, 70, Greentown, passed away peacefully on Aug. 8, 2018, at his home with his family by
his side.
He was born June 17, 1948, in Pontiac, Michigan, to Hanley and Dora (Groven) Tate. He was married to
Carol (Agnes) Tate, who still survives.
Ron was a 1966 graduate of Pontiac Central High School. He later graduated from Oakland Community
College, where he earned a degree in skilled trades. Ron was a pattern maker for G.M. at Pontiac Motors
and Marion before retiring in 2007.
At home, Ron was always busy with home improvement projects; just recently, he and Ryan built a
beautiful deck on the back of Ron and Carol's house. Ron built two homes, enjoyed working on cars with
his grandchildren, and loved to BBQ with the special seasoning he used. Ron's good friend, Fred McNew,
loved attending car shows together.
Ron was always on the go doing something until he suddenly became sick with cancer. His body went
through so much, but he stayed strong until the end.
Survivors include Ron's two loving children, daughter, Stephanie Brookshire, Fort Wayne, and son, Jeff
(Angie) Tate, Greentown; brothers, Bob (Diana) Tate, Van Buren, and Roger (Marylou) Tate, Columbia TN,
and sisters Carol (John) Curran, Diane (Pat) Dodge, LaVonne Burgess all of Lapeer, Mi.;
grandchildren, Tate Stiner, Saige Stiner, Shae Brookshire, Chance Brookshire and Lexi Tate; great-
grandson, "Beckem" of Kokomo, who was the next "extra" apple of grandpa's eye, who also shared grandpa's
birthday; and two stepgrand-daughters, Bayleigh and Jaeden Henderson-Ornsby. Ryan Heffley, Beau Dawson
and Brad Utterback were always thought of as sons too. Ron also considered Jack Leeds from Novi,
Michigan, as his third brother.
Preceding him in death were his parents and a brother-in-law, John Burgess.
A golden heart stopped beating hard-working hands at rest God broke our heart to prove to us he only
takes the best. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put his arms around you, and
whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched as you slowly slipped away, although we loved you dearly, we couldn't make
you stay.
We love you always, DAD.
Ron would want us all to celebrate his life with a toast to joy, life and family, rather than tears or
heartache, and especially to always live by the "Golden Rule." Our family would like to thank Lori
Graham and Angie Tate for everything they have done for us.
A celebration of life will be held for family and friends at the house at a later date. Memorial
contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Hasler-Stout Funeral Home 112 E. Main Street Greentown is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.hasler-stout.com.
Published on August 11, 2018
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