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Ronald S. Oathout
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:
  • Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Inc
    PO Box 40
    Howes Cave, NY 12092

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“My deepest condolences to you Sue and your family I will always cherish the memories I made during Jesus Christ Superstar ! We had such fun and made...Read More »
1 of 21 | Posted by: Suzanne Losa - west coxsackie, NY

“For all of you who called him Darling, Dad, and, Grandpa; my thoughts go out to you. He was a special man and I so enjoyed gabbing with him. ...Read More »
2 of 21 | Posted by: Heather Johnson - Warnerville, NY

“Suzy and family-I always remember when you and ronnie first got together and came to our house, my mom is Cecilia. When i left school and walked to...Read More »
3 of 21 | Posted by: gerri carlucci - arcadia, FL

“so very sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a man who truly understood others. his caring and sincere love of others made him a man who made...Read More »
4 of 21 | Posted by: Pattie Sainsbury - Middleburgh, NY

“I was very saddened to hear of Ron's passing. I worked alongside him for several years and he was both a friend and mentor to many. His laughter...Read More »
5 of 21 | Posted by: Gregg Horhota - Westford, NY

“I was very shocked to read about Ronnie passing......I worked with him many years ago at the Grand Union in Coxsackie......he was a great kid.......I...Read More »
6 of 21 | Posted by: Rosie Veede - Earlton, NY

“Sue and Family We are so saddened to hear of Ron's passing.He was such a generous man and could always make me laugh at the worse possible times. One...Read More »
7 of 21 | Posted by: Sue, Bill and Isabella Schultz - NY

“Anyone can be a Father, but not everyone can be a Dad. Ronald Sanford Oathout was a Dad in the truest sense. I think I spent a lifetime noticing all...Read More »
8 of 21 | Posted by: Joseph Oathout - Valatie, NY

“Dear Susie & Family. We are very shocked and saddened to hear of Rons passing.please know that our thoughts and prayers are with You Sue and family...Read More »
9 of 21 | Posted by: Beverly Bender Waltz - Ravens, NY

“Sue and family... So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I have many good memories of when we both worked at McDonald's. He was my Ronald McDonald. He...Read More »
10 of 21 | Posted by: Loretta Trafton - Cobleskill, NY

“Susie, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. I worked with him for several years at Jamesway years and years ago. We went out several...Read More »
11 of 21 | Posted by: Louanne Bruno

“Sue, I want to offer my deepest sympathy to you and your family for your loss. I will cherish forever my memories of Ron and how he could turn your...Read More »
12 of 21 | Posted by: Gail & Bob Wright - Cobleskill, NY

“Sue and family, I am not even sure I have the words to express how sad I am to hear about Ron. I sincerely loved him and will truly miss him. Please...Read More »
13 of 21 | Posted by: Tammy Rumph Ruise - Middleburgh

“I am saddened to hear of Ron's passing. I have many memories of his great personality from my youth, having gone to school with Ron. Please know...Read More »
14 of 21 | Posted by: Erika Lavissiere - Coxsackie, NY

“Sue, Bill and I are both saddened to learn of Ron's passing. When I think of Ron (and you always share those thoughts) it is with a smile. His...Read More »
15 of 21 | Posted by: Billl and Judy Halstead - NY

“I worked with Ron in the 70s when he transferred to Cobleskill. Whenever he crossed my mind, it seemed like we would run into each other shortly...Read More »
16 of 21 | Posted by: Judy Strauss - Cobleskill, NY

“I am so saddened to hear of Ron's passing. I've shared so many laughs with him over the years, and a favorite memory is when he sang at my wedding....Read More »
17 of 21 | Posted by: Patricia Bowen Llewellyn - Cocoa, FL

“My heart goes out to Sue and her family. What a wonderful giving man with the voice to match. I will cherish the memories from my wedding and our...Read More »
18 of 21 | Posted by: Michelle Keaney - Sharon Springs, NY

“So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you Sue and your family. Ron was a good person always had a smile on his face, he will...Read More »
19 of 21 | Posted by: Millie (Fink) Teeling - NY

“Positive thoughts and prayers for Sue and the family. I loved working with Ron and considered him a good friend. He will be missed by many. ”
20 of 21 | Posted by: Shirley Foland - Glen Burnie, MD

“My thoughts are with the family. I have many memories of Ron at River Street and when we worked together in the Daylite Program. Bless you all,...Read More »
21 of 21 | Posted by: Marilyn Hook - Middleburgh, NY


Cobleskill- Ronald Sanford Oathout, 66, of Cobleskill, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany following a brief illness.

Born April 30, 1947 in Catskill, he was the son of Frank and Alzina Oathout. Ron had lived in Cobleskill for 27 years, living in Greene County beforehand. He worked in retail for many years at Caldor and Jamesway before finding his calling as a house manager for ARC in Middleburgh, a job he loved. He retired in 2006 due to health considerations.

Ron had two passions in life. His first and greatest passions was his wife, Susanne. Ron cherished Sue, and always wanted her to know how much she meant to him. His second was for music and theatre, and his beautiful singing voice made him successful at both. Some of his greatest accomplishments were his role as Peter in a Greene County production of Jesus Christ Superstar, singing at his daughter's wedding, and participating in a charity fundraiser cabaret.

Ron thrived on his relationships with friends and family, and loved to have coffee with Sue at the local Stewarts and chat with whoever walked by. He always had a pretty good joke to tell. His booming voice was not to be missed.

Ron raised his 4 children and cared for many more as a foster parent for 15 years. He loved children, and was a wonderful grandfather who was cherished by his 11 grandchildren. They will dearly miss their Pop Pops.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Susanne Oathout, his children: Michael (Angela) Oathout of Catskill, Joseph (Courtney) Oathout of Purling, Alicia (David) Keenan of San Ramon, CA, and Megan Oathout of Middleburgh; his sister: Nancy (Jeff) Romak of Catskill; eleven grandchildren: Aimee Oathout, Charlie Rivera, Nathan Lamont, Andrew Lamont, Zackary Oathout, Victoria Oathout, Ania Keenan, Lorelei Keenan, Grayson Keenan, Simon Keenan, and Rowan Keenan.

A funeral service will be held at 2PM on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill with his brother-in-law, Rev. Richard Blaisdell, officiating. Family and friends are also invited to attend a period of visitation to be held at the funeral home prior to the service on Sunday, from 12PM to 2PM. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley, Inc., PO Box 40, Howes Cave, NY 12092.