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Ronald was born May 8, 1965 in Warren, a son of Ronald W. and Wanda J. (West) Hefner and was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Howland High School in 1983 and had served in the Army National Guard.

Ronald received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Youngstown State University. He has been a financial advisor for over 15 years and was currently working for the Guidelight Financial Group of Ameriprise Financial Services.

Ronald married the love of his life, Renee, on February 14, 2014. Together in God’s image, they combined families and raised their seven children. They loved to travel and make memories together; like watching sunsets on Cocoa Beach and listening to live music in Nashville, but his favorite nights were the quiet ones spent together at home.

Ronald’s greatest joy in life came from his family and children. He never missed a soccer, volleyball, basketball or football game. He loved to cook Sunday dinner after church, decorate sugar cookies at Christmas time and carve pumpkins on Halloween.

Ronald loved the outdoors. You could always find him out on the farm, riding tractors and building bonfires, mucking through the woods or taking care of his lawn. He always looked forward to his yearly trip to the mountains with his lifelong friends.

Ronald’s laugh was contagious and he brightened every room he walked into. His heart was as big as his bear hugs, and he will be sorely missed.

In addition to his parents, Ronald and Wanda Hefner, Ronald is survived by his wife, the former Renee M. Vivo; his children, Madison Hefner, Bailey Hefner, Cameron Hefner, R. Chase Hefner, Jessica Horvath, Jacqueline Horvath and Franklin Horvath, III; his granddaughter, Scarlett; his sister, Heather (Darren) Chaffin and their children, Zachery (Mary) Chaffin and Gabrielle (Scott) Drazdik; his mother and father-in-law, Steve and Barb Vivo; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve Vivo, IV, Regina (Tom) Shine, Vine (Jana) Vivo, Christian (Tony) Kindinis, Nick (Kris) Vivo and Gianna Vivo; and many nieces and nephews.

Ronald is preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence and Edna “NaNa” West and Charles and Eva Hefner.

While living in Austintown at 56 years old, Ronald passed away after losing his battle with pneumonia at St. Elizabeth/Mercy Health Youngstown.

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