Ronald (Ron) Tan

Ronald (Ron) Tan was born April 23, 1949 in China and passed away unexpectedly Monday, March 16,
2015, at Cottage Hospital. Ron’s life wasn’t defined by his academic or professional achievements (which were impressive and many),but by his unfailing kindness,generosity of spirit and deep wisdom. A self­ effacing person, Ron would always prefer others before himself and never sought the limelight (except for a few jokes now and then). His wit, love of nature and understanding of politics and the arts reflected a refined sensibility and gentlemanly approach to life.

Ron was a devoted father and grandparent. He parented step-son Tevis Reeves Johnson, who survives him, with wholehearted love and joy. Other survivors include daughter-in-law Meggan Elizabeth Johnson, step-grandchildren Evan Corff and Kyah Corff, as well as grandchildren Luke Carter Johnson and Chase Reeves Johnson. Ron was thrilled to be a grandparent and was vitally interested in the childrens’ development and education. Ron was a thoughtful and steadfast husband, leaving behind wife Shelley Tan, with whom he shared many happy years. His loyal cat,Geekay, misses him greatly.

Many thanks to William Koonce, MD, for Ron’s healthcare over the years, and to Daniel Litten, MD, for his compassion and empathy shown toward the family at the time of Ron’s sudden loss.

“We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the
Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8.


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