Ronald Harma (September 24, 1938 - February 27, 2023)

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Ronald Harma
  • September 24, 1938
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  • February 27, 2023

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On a joyful day in the fall of 1938, Ronald Harma came into this world. His light touched the lives of countless individuals until his passing on February 27, 2023 at the age of 84 at The Villages Hospital, Florida, surrounded by his loving family.

Ron was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and an accomplished professional in the field of metallurgical engineering. Born in Iron Belt, Wisconsin on September 24, 1938, Ron grew up with two brothers and graduated from Hurley High School in 1956. Ron spent six years serving in the National Guard. He attended Michigan Technological University where he graduated with Bachelor’s degrees in Metallurgical Engineering and Engineering Administration and a Master’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering. After marrying his wife Ann Marie (O’Leary) in 1961, he began his career at Kennecott Copper in Salt Lake City, Utah, where his daughter Lauren was born in 1963. Two years later, after accepting a position with Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company, they moved to Ishpeming, Michigan where their son Jeff was born in 1967. In the early ‘70s, he was instrumental in the planning and startup of the Tilden Mine. In 1987, he was transferred to the Cleveland-Cliffs corporate offices in Cleveland, Ohio. He held various roles in research and development over his 38-year tenure with the company, ending the final years of his career as the Director of International Project Development. After retirement, he consulted internationally for the mining industry, traveling across six continents until he fully retired in 2018.

Ron received many prestigious recognitions over the years including Industrial Advisory Board Member of Michigan Tech (2001), induction into the Distinguished Academy of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Tech (2003), The Richards Award for his outstanding contributions to the iron ore industry (2010), and the Distinguished Alumni of the Hurley Education Foundation Award (2014) in his hometown. Ron was passionate about his field and was a member of the Society of Metallurgical Engineering (SME) for over sixty years, where he served on and chaired local and national committees. He was also a 57-year member of Ishpeming, MI Elks Lodge #447.

Ron and Ann Marie began spending time in The Villages, Florida in 2005, moving there permanently in 2013. Ron was an avid golfer, scoring two holes-in-one in his lifetime. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Dorothy (Kangas) Harma. Ron is survived by his wife Ann Marie of 61 years; his daughter Lauren (Earl) Joki of Rochester Hills, Michigan; his son Jeff (Jody) of Rochester Hills, Michigan; four grandchildren, Meghan, Kylie, JR, and Conner; his brothers Roger (Marilyn) and Robert (Janet); sister-in-law Donna O’Leary and brother-in-law Loyal (Gretchen) O’Leary; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Hope Lutheran Church, 250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL 32162 on Tuesday, March 28th at 10:30am. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-430-1449. Sentiments are encouraged at wwww.baldwincremation.com.


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Location:
Hope Lutheran Church
250 Avenida Los Angelos, The Villages, FL 32162
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Date & Time:
March 28, 2023 at 10:30 AM


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  1. Linda Ogea says:
    17 Mar 2023
    Lauren,
    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Troy and Linda Ogea

  2. Linda Pickwick says:
    14 Mar 2023
    Dear Ann Marie and family,
    Our hearts are heavy for you in the loss of Ron. He exuded kindness and warmth to all who knew him. He was a true gentleman. May you and your family be comforted by a lifetime of wonderful memories.
    God Bless you.
    Ron Martindale and Linda Pickwick

  3. Denise Perry says:
    13 Mar 2023
    Ann, Lauren, Jeff and family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you. I spent many nights babysitting for you and always enjoyed my time with the kids. Being close neighbors was always a joy, even though we've lost touch with you, we remember many good times. I send our deepest sympathy and wish you God's peace.
    Denise and Scott Perry and Florence Kakkuri

  4. Dan and Tammy Nutini says:
    13 Mar 2023
    To Ann Marie and family so very sorry for your loss may Ron rest in peace.

  5. Amy Racine says:
    13 Mar 2023
    Hugs of sympathy from the Upper Peninsula

    Amy Racine

  6. Donna O’Leary says:
    10 Mar 2023
    My dearest sister, my heart hurts for you as you grieve the loss of your Ron. I know how much you loved him and were loved in return. So many happy memories have been on my mind; the many Holiday celebrations we all spent together on Lake St. eating turkey dinners or Mom’s Italian chicken; our visits to each other over the years when we were young enuf to run those 5k races, with you and Ron usually winning medals while my Ron and I a little closer to the rear! I remember dad asking them what their middle names were so he could call them by first name plus middle initial so they would know which Ron he was talking to. And Ron said Oliver and my Ron said Otto! I remember the Rons baking a loaf of bread together during the bread machine fad! And the many projects they worked on together. They were perfectionists who always needed to be busy, productive and organized and always gave 100% to whatever the project or task at hand. I know how much you and the kids will miss him. I will miss him too. He was a good and decent man and a loving husband, father and grandfather. My prayers are with you as your hearts heal. I love you. Dolly

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