Ronald Czarnecki of Simpsonville, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 while in hospice care at his son Paul Czarnecki’s home in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Ronald was born on January 20, 1933 in Trenton, New Jersey to John and Bertha (Dejulis) Czarnecki. Ronald graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmetsburg, MD with a B.S in Chemistry where he also lettered in baseball. On June 7, 1958, he married the love of his life, Rosemary (Little) of San Antonio, Texas. The loving couple would then go on to have five children. For 30 years, Ronald was employed as a research chemist at Eastman Kodak, where he was awarded numerous patents. He also had a rewarding career in the Army/Army Reserve at the 912th Combat Evacuation Hospital in Johnson City, TN and at the Health Services Command in San Antonio, TX where he was instrumental in establishing a new Medical Specialist MOS. Over 50 Special Forces NCOs were included in the initial class to help secure the eventual American withdrawal from Vietnam. His Army decorations include; Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak leaf cluster and Expert Field Medic Badge. Ronald retired to Florida at the age of 54 which enabled he and Rosemary to travel extensively throughout Europe. Ronald achieved a 4th Degree in the Knights of Columbus in Simpsonville, SC. He was an avid model boat builder, enjoyed sports and spending time with friends and family.
Ronald is survived by his brother, Alfred Carnegie of North Brunswick, NJ, his four surviving children; John Czarnecki of Black Mountain, NC, Paul Czarnecki of Port Charlotte, FL, David Czarnecki of Lexington, KY and Mary (Czarnecki) Patton of Telford, TN. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren; Matthew, Paul JR, Lucas, Sarah, Andrew, Jacob, Alexander and Victoria. Ronald was an honored military officer, a beloved husband and father and dear friend to many. We will remember and miss him.
A memorial service will be held Friday 10:00 am, August 2, 2019 at Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 2252 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC. Graveside services and interment with full military honors by a U.S. Army Honor Guard will be held Tuesday 9:00 AM, Dec. 3, 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to extend condolences to the family. Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home Port Charlotte Chapel.