Age 87, died Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Chelsea Hospital (ICU). He was born September 10, 1935, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the son of Dona Thomas & Ethel L. (Osborn) Joseph.

Ron grew up in Chelsea. On September 4, 1958, he started working at the Chelsea schools and worked there for many years.

On October 31, 1955, Ron married Sarah Ann Melton in Jackson. She preceded him in death on June 6, 2006. Ron is survived by two sons, Dona T. (Terry), of Grass Lake, Louis P. “Paul” (Sherrie) of Manchester; one daughter, Vickie L. (Eddie) Hamilton of Qulin, Missouri; grandchildren, Amber (Thomas) Case of Chelsea, Brad (Teresa) Cole of Ypsilanti, Jason (Jennifer) Cole of Iron River, Michael Hamilton and Sarah (Darrall) Garner of Saline, Gordon Cole of Ypsilanti, Tylor Joseph and Ron Joseph of Cadillac, Travis (Sally) Joseph of Pecos, Texas, Alyssa (Brian) Joseph of Dallas, Texas, Angela Fernandez of Detroit, Lisa Fernandez of Dearborn Heights, and Christopher Joseph of Taylor. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Ann Joseph in 1993; his son, Ronald E. Joseph in 2014; sister, Delores Allen; and brother, Robert Joseph.

No public services are planned. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Chelsea. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel.


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#7 Margaret Hafner 2023-05-02 15:51
Vickie - So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Have many wonderful memories of your dad as we grew up. You're all in my thoughts and prayers!
#6 Mark Brennan 2023-04-29 14:28
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. He was such a good neighbor to my family.
#5 Sandy & Bob McCrary 2023-04-28 10:06
Our son and daughter in law live next door to Ron. When our son moved into his home in 2015, Ron was so kind to him. It was so comforting to know our son had such wonderful neighbors to guide him in his new neighborhood. Ron was so warm and welcoming, a great friend and mentor. We are grateful to him, and our sympathies go out to his family. God Bless you.
#4 Kathy McCalla Powers 2023-04-27 11:59
Vickie - I am so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Your dad was always smiling and so pleasant. May the wonderful memories you had together help you through the difficult times ahead.
#3 Loretta Hilts Roskow 2023-04-26 08:34
Very fond memories growing
up as Vicki's friend.
He kept a tight rope, but had
A loving heart. I was always
welcome at their house.
Vicki many hugs to you.
#2 Sandy Ball - Jenkins 2023-04-25 19:05
I am sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I remember Ron working at the school and he always seemed so quiet, but was always friendly. I have heard so many stories of him from my mom's brothers, who grew up with Ron on North St. I think all of the boys gave their mothers a few white hairs. My prayers to the family.
#1 William & Sarah Ball 2023-04-25 17:34
Louis & Family,
With very heavy hearts we are so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. Please know you and your family are in our continued thoughts and prayers.

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