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Age: 66
Year of Death: 2021

Ronald Gene Cassada

Ronald Gene Cassada was born July 1, 1955, to the late Douglas Gene Cassada and Joyce Marie Cassada.

Ronald was employed as an electrician with First Energy for more than 33 years. He served on their fire brigade until his retirement in 2019. He was also an Army veteran, serving as an instructor during Desert Storm.

Ronald was a dedicated firefighter/first responder of the Ottawa Lake Fire Department for over 22 years. Ronald was always one of the first to respond, if not the very first. He loved every minute of being a firefighter. Whether it was a fire, medical call, car accident, or just weather related, you could always count on him to be there. Ronald loved the public relations side of the department. He loved showing off the fire trucks. He lived for the annual pre-school Fire Safety Day, as well as County Fair Day, where he shined at showing all the kids the fire trucks.

Ronald loved his family and would do anything for them. Ronald enjoyed his last couple of years by spending the weekdays with his grandson. He loved taking him on walks and going to the park and, of course, a visit to the fire station

Ronald is survived by his loving family, his wife, Karen K (Smith) Cassada; son, Alexander Gene (Alexis) Cassada; daughter, Michaela Belle (Josh) Hollis; sister, Karen (Luke) Duncan; brother, Raymond Cassada; brother, Robert (Susan) Cassada; and his two grandsons, Oscar Alexander Gene Cassada and Ronan Brian Cassada.

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  1. Our brother Ronald Cassada was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, a friend to all, loved by all. He put all he had into loving his family, friends and helping others. He served his country in the Armed Services with great pride. Being a Firefighter/rescue worker was the ultimate for him outside of family. He is loved & missed daily. His loving sister and brothers Ray & Robert.

    – Karen Duncan