Ronald (Ron) Anello peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at age 85 on October 9, 2020, at Hospice of Dayton. Ron, a proud Dayton Flyer, was born in Cleveland on August 16, 1935. He was a teacher, coach, and athletic director for 36 years in Dayton Public Schools, ending his career as a Stivers Tiger. Ron served in the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky (in what he liked to refer to as the “Goldfinger War”), then proceeded to earn his degree at the University of Dayton where he played basketball for the legendary coach, Tom Blackburn. Ron was inducted into Lutheran High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame as well as the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of UD’s 1962 championship team.
In addition to having a passion for basketball, Ron enjoyed the simple pleasure of reading the newspaper on his front porch, the challenge of completing sudoku and crossword puzzles, watching Family Feud and Fox News, sipping red wine “for his blood”, and listening to 40’s and 50’s music, especially Sinatra and Elvis--but above all, he was devoted to and adored being with his family.
Ron is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carole; favorite daughter, Katie (Chris) Brookshire; favorite son, Tony (Tracy); treasured granddaughters, Evelyn and Estelle; siblings, Gloria Priebe and Eileen Anello; nieces Kelly Clifford, Angela Rosati, and Tracy Pitz; and, nephews Scott Priebe, Mark Priebe, and Steve Zienka. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ross and Pauline Anello, and sister, Joanne (Ernie) Zienka.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on October 24, at St. Charles Borromeo Church. Family and friends in attendance are asked to follow safety guidelines and wear masks. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420 or the Champions & Scholars Fund at the University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton, OH 45469-7051.