Ronald Southwick

Ronald Joseph Southwick, 76, of Tucson, Arizona, went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, Oct., 15, 2020.

Ron was born on June 26, 1944 to Raymond and Phyllis Southwick in Rome, New York. After graduating from Titusville High School in 1962, he joined the United States Army. In 1965 he married the love of his life, Carol Miller. They have four children. Together they served in ministry for decades in pastoral and missionary work with Youth With A Mission and Deaf World Ministries. They served in Pennsylvania, California, Texas and Arizona.

Ron enjoyed deaf people and their culture, joking with people, billiards, Cowboy Action Shooting (SASS), leather work, photography and birdwatching.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Russ Southwick.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; his four children, Rhonda (Dave) Phillips, Jonathan Southwick, David (Lynette) Southwick and Micah (Nicole) Southwick; his sisters Rebecca Jennings and Rose Storrey; his grandchildren, Savannah (Jesse) Kellick, Colten Phillips, Abrianna Phillips, Josiah Southwick, Matthew (Tilly) Southwick, Benjamin Southwick, Jacob Southwick, Lily Southwick and Amana Southwick and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

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(3) comments

JSouthwick

In thinking about my dad's death I wrote something that he might say to our family. It's meant to be a song but I'm not musically inclined, so here are the [rough draft] words:

Don’t Cry for Me

I know that you're hurting, you've locked the pain inside

You're broken and wounded, you're not ashamed to cry

But don't give up, receive from Him

The comfort He can give, don't cry for me.

I know that you're wondering why God took me away

The questions are haunting, it's difficult to pray

But don't blame God, receive from Him

The love He has to give, don’t cry for me.

Don't cry for me, I'm in a better place

Don't cry for me, I'm warm in God's embrace

I'm free to live with Jesus now

Now Heaven is my home, so don't cry for me.

There is a tomorrow when I'll see you again

Keep living for Jesus, I know that you will win

When that day comes He’ll be the One

To unite us in the end, so don't cry for me.

Don't cry for me, I see the Father’s face

Don't cry for me, I'm locked within His gaze

I'll see you soon so don't lose heart

For Heaven is our home, so don't cry for me.

JSouthwick

Dad, I am missing you. It will be difficult to not have you as my default "go to" when I need advice. I wish I could have kept you safe and taken away your pain as I looked into your tired eyes and saw restlessness and anxiety right before you died. When I was weak, you gave me strength to make it through. Thank you for being a true example of God to me. I love you without wax. - Jonathan

RoderickShirley

We all pray for you all family about Ron Southwick ! Yes He went up to Heaven with LORD & all Heaven Angels! from Roddy&Shirley Palmer

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