Ronald Pawloski Sr. was an outgoing man who believed in helping his community. He had a great sense of humor and worked hard to raise his son as a single father, said his son, Ronald Pawloski Jr.
“As a father, he was stern and hard, but yet compassionate,” he said. “He was a good man. We didn’t’ always see eye to eye, but we made it through. He was awesome.”
Ronald Pawloski Sr., 71, of Portage, died Oct. 3. He retired from Bethlehem Steel as a welder with 35 years of service. He had been a former Portage police officer. He was a member of several community organizations, including American Legion Post 502, South Haven. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Diana Pawloski.
He loved to fish, and passed that love on to his son when he was 5 years old. The pair would fish wherever they could, from Lake George to Lake Michigan.
He was a member of the North Porter County Conservation Club, Glen Park Izaak Walton Club and Miller Izaak Walton Club, where he was range master and range officer.
He enjoyed building and fixing things, and was an excellent gunsmith.
“Whenever there was a question about a gun, people came to him,” his son said. “He was always loading ammo for someone at the range.”
Pawloski said his father taught him the virtue of patience, and only using what you need.
“When you rush, things get messed up, but if you take your time and be patient about it, it will all work out smoothly,” he said.
He was respected and loved by everyone who knew him, his son said.
“He was a saint,” he said. “I only wish I’m half the man he was when I reach his age.”