Mr. Ronald Edward Gatens Sr., 82, of Lehighton, passed into eternal rest on Wednesday, May 13th at his residence. He was the husband of the late Vivian G. (Schrantz) Gatens who passed away in 2001. Born in (Jamestown) Lehighton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 15, 1937, he was the son of the late Pauline Hofford. He served our country with the United States Army with a reinlistment during the Viet Nam War attaining the rank of SPEC 4 while stationed in Germany. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as an inspector at Blue Ridge Pressure Castings, Lehighton, with 34 years of service. An avid outdoorsman/sportsman, he enjoyed hunting, shooting, fishing and doing his yardwork at home. He was a member of The Carbon Beagle Club, The Lehighton Sportsmans Club and held a Life membership at The Bowmanstown Rod & Gun Club. Surviving is a daughter, Rhonda A. Gatens Sexton, wife of Dwight Sexton of Lehighton, 2 sons, Troy A. Gatens & his companion Toni Rhyder Leiby of Slatington, Ronald E.Gatens Jr. & his companion Kim Sexton of Lehighton, 2 grandsons, Tyler Recica, Brandyn Gatens, nieces & nephews.Funeral Services will be private at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his honor may be made to a charity of one's choice. Online condolences can be offered at www.ovsakfh.com
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