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Ronald James Ferris

March 14, 1948 ~ November 27, 2018 (age 70)

Ronald James Ferris, 70, of Alpena passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at his home.

Ronald was born March 14, 1948 in Alpena to the late Donald and Ruth (Dery) Ferris. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War receiving a Purple Heart. On January 13, 1984 he married Julie McSorley. Ronald worked for Besser Company, retiring in 2008. He was a member of Alpena V.F.W. Post 2496, Thunder Bay Pool League, and All Saints Parish. He enjoyed woodworking, playing country music on his guitar, pool, gardening, 4 wheelers, hunting, baseball, Detroit Tigers, but most important was his family.

Surviving are his wife, Julie; three children, Ronald (Holly) Ferris Jr., Jennifer (Shannon Pingel) Downey, Charlene (Joseph) Sparling; 6 grandchildren, Timothy, Matthew, Tristan, Shayne, Lexie, Sophie; sister, Patricia (Richard) Price; niece and nephew, Tricia & James; and several great nephews.

Memorial visitation will take place on Friday at Bannan Funeral Home from 1 p.m. until the memorial service at 4 p.m. with Rev. Joseph Muszkiewicz officiating followed by military honors accorded him by Alpena V.F.W. Post 2496.

Inurnment:  Pilgrims Rest Cemetery

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Michigan or Wounded Warriors.

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of Michigan
145 N. State Avenue, Alpena MI 49707
Tel: 1-989-358-4280

Wounded Warrior Project
7020 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville FL 32256
Tel: 1-877-832-6997