Ronald Moline

Obituary of Ronald H. "Ron" Moline

MOLINE - Ronald H. “Ron”

78, of Lancaster, NY, passed away on
May 31st, 2021. He was born in Buffalo
on June 28, 1942, the son of David
and Betty Ann Moline. He grew up in
Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda,
graduating from Sweet Home Central
High School in 1960, where he was later
inducted into the school Hall of Fame
as a Distinguished Alumni in 2007. He
attended the State University of New
York College at Buffalo, graduating
with a Bachelor of Science in Education
in 1964 and a Master of Science in
Education in 1968. He married his high
school sweetheart, Diane R. Gustafson
of Buffalo in 1962. He became a high
school history teacher for the Buffalo
Public Schools and was assigned to
East, Kensington, and Bennett high
schools from 1964 to 1982. In 1981,
he was elected to a four-year term as
councilman on the Town Board in the
Town of Tonawanda. In 1983, he took
over as Town of Tonawanda Town
Supervisor, serving until January 1993.
He returned to teaching in Buffalo and
maintained a seat on the Town Board as
an elected councilman. He retired from
teaching in 1998. After two more years
as councilman, he was again elected as
Supervisor for the Town of Tonawanda,
serving until he “officially retired” at
the end of 2007. During his tenures as
Supervisor, in addition to the regular
course of business of overseeing the
operations of town government and
many services offered to residents, he
oversaw the development of industrial
parks in the Town of Tonawanda,
and assisted in major expansions at
General Motors, Dunlop, DuPont, and
Praxair, retaining thousands of jobs in
the community. Ron also served on
regional boards dedicated to improving
the quality of life for the residents of
Erie County. In retirement, he remained
active as a substitute teacher in
Western New York and enjoyed being
a concessions vendor during spring
training for the Philadelphia Phillies
in Clearwater, FL. Ron was an avid
sports fan and enjoyed being at a
ballpark. He was a past president of
the Association of Towns of the State
of New York and the Ken-Ton Jaycees.
Ron was a member of the Kenmore
Masonic Lodge 1132 and the Ismailia
Temple of Buffalo NY. He is survived
by his beloved wife of 59 years, Diane;
one son, Brian Moline of Clarence;
and two daughters, Laurie Kennedy
of Williamsville, and Debbie Pawlak of
Lancaster. He is also survived by seven
grandchildren, Rachel (Craig) Nieman,
Nicholas Moline, Jennifer (Randy)
Killebrew, Melissa (Norbert) Ogiba,
Amanda Pawlak, Matthew Kennedy,

and Morgan (Tyler) Soth; one great-
grandchild, Gabriella Ogiba; two sisters,

Barbara (Tom) Emborsky and Nancy
(Alan) Benjamin; and four nieces and
two nephews. Services will be held for
close friends and family on Friday ( June 4th), from
HOME (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main
St., near Harlem Rd. In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to
the SPCA of Erie County.

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