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Ronald L. Fonte

  • On March 21, 2023
Ronald L. Fonte, age 75 of McMurray, passed away on March 20, 2023.
Born on March 25, 1947, he was the son of Pat Heckathorn and adopted by George (Huck) & Mary Fonte.
Loving Husband of Judy Herder Fonte, Step Father of Bill (Stacy) Herder and Aimee (Erich) Nordmann, Grandfather of Michael and Beth Herder and Anna Nordmann; Brother of Nancy Walker, Debbie Kelly, Ron Heckathorn and the late Bernard Heckathorn Jr., Lee Fonte & Howard Fonte; also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Ron served as an Army helicopter mechanic in the Vietnam War. He loved animals and his furbabies (Prince – Caesar – Crystal) are missing him. Ron’s big passion was his music. He was a drummer, base and rhythm guitar player and was the lead singer in his band which had many names, including “Ronnie Walker Country”. In addition, Ron loved converting Flxible and Eagle busses to beautiful RV coaches and had an article published on bus restoration.
A service with full military honors will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 1:00 pm at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, 1158 Morgan Rd., Bridgeville, PA 15017.
In lieu of flowers, family asks for donations to Vietnam Veterans of America at https://vva.org/donate/

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Jenny Morgan
My condolences and prayers. Ronnie's band was the first band I ever played in. He and my dad (Don Morgan) were good friends. I can't image why Ronnie ever gave this 15 year old drummer a chance. But he did. 56 years later, I'm still playing drums, and loving it. I have thought of him often over the years. I thank God for Ronnie Fonte! May peace be with your family. He is remembered by many of us from Hill Station. From a thankful drummer, Jenny Morgan