Brattleboro, VT - Pastor Ronald Stephen Getchell, 83, of Paddock Drive in Hinsdale, NH, went to be with his Lord and Savior on January 18, 2018 at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital after a period of declining health.
Ronald was born in Saint Stephen, NB Canada to Hector Leroy and Carolyn Alwida (Campbell) Getchell on January 2, 1935. He was raised and educated at Saint Stephen High School and graduated in 1952. He went on to graduate from Zion Bible Institute in 1961. On July 20, 1958, in Mars Hill, ME, he was married to Erma Thelma Marie Hill. He worked as a pastor for most of his life and retired from North Hinsdale Community Church.
Ronald is survived by his daughter, Carolynne (David) Seiffert of Hinsdale, NH; son Stephen (Sophia) Getchell of Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Alex, Andrew, Dina and James Getchell of Pittsburgh, PA; three sisters, Beverley Cosman of Fredericton, NB; Tina Beausoleil of Fredericton, NB and Carole Waye of Cobourg, Ontario.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Erma Getchell; parents Hector & Carolyn Getchell; grandson Bryan Chad Hector Getchell; brother Eric Hector Getchell, and sister Eleanor Grace (Getchell) Laslie.
Funeral service will be conducted Monday at 2:00 p.m. at the Whetstone Church on Birge Street with Reverend Michael Gantt of Agape Christian Fellowship Church officiating. A reception will follow at the North Hinsdale Community Church in Hinsdale, NH. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery in Hinsdale with take place in the springtime when the cemetery reopens.
Friends are invited to call at Atamaniuk Funeral Home on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the National MPS Society, PO Box 14686, Durham, NC 27709-4686.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for their care and thoughtfulness.