Ronald Bethel

Obituary of Ronald J. Bethel

Smethport - Ronald J. Bethel, 77, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (May 6, 2023) at Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.

 He was born April 19, 1946 in Newton, NJ the son of Charles and Muriel (Sterbinski) Bethel. He is married to Marilyn (Whritenour) Bethel.

 Mr. Bethel worked in manufacturing at Howmet Aerospace and served in the US Navy.

 He loved his home in the Pennsylvania woods, and the mountain man lifestyle. He and Marilyn enjoyed participating in reenactments throughout the state.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by 2 sons Michael (Amy Hotchkiss) Bethel of Lompoc CA. and David Bethel (Gabrielle Gilbert) of White Salmon WA. Also, 2 step children Sue Johansson Sussex NJ, and Randy Gormley of Pocono PA, and several grandchildren.

 Mr. Bethel was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Stephen Bethel.

 At Ronald's request there will be no visitation or services.

Burial will be in the Clermont Cemetery

The family sends their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Sena Kean Manor for their generous care of our charismatic Pop.

Online condolences may be made at

 Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport

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