Ronald A. Borchardt
Ronald A. Borchardt, 61, of Sandusky, died unexpectedly Sunday morning, Aug. 5, 2018, in his residence.
He was born May 10, 1957, in Sandusky.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Eileen (Schaffer) Borchardt; a daughter, Katherine (Joshua) Wise of Seattle, Washington; a son, Connor Borchardt of U.S. Peace Corps, Republic of Georgia; a sister, Debra (Jerry) Coleman; a brother, Gary (Toni) Borchardt; and several nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Delores (Nielsen) Borchardt.
He graduated from Margaretta High School in 1975. Following high school, Ron received a bachelor’s degree in organ performance and music business from Heidelberg University in 1979 and then a master of business adminstration from Ashland University.
He worked for Elmer Borchardt Inc. until 1987, when he purchased Goetz Music, Tiffin. He has co-owned and operated Forte Music Inc. with business partner, Ed Adams, in Sandusky and Tiffin since then, specializing in band instrument and keyboard rental, sales and repair.
Ron served as church organist at the following congregations throughout his career as a church musician in Norwalk and Sandusky areas: St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, 1973-75; St. Paul Lutheran, 1977-80; Trinity Lutheran, 1980-93; St. Mary’s Catholic, 1993-98; First United Methodist, 1998-2007; and Zion Lutheran 2007-present. While at Trinity, he also served as council president and taught Sunday School. Ron was a person who supported the unification of Lutheran and Catholic faiths over time. Whenever he felt that the Catholic and Lutheran choirs could justify celebrating a service together, he promoted it.
Ron was active in community organizations. He served as a member of the board for The Norbert A. and Marion Cleaveland Lange Trust of Sandusky Library. He was a longtime member and past president of the Sandusky Concert Association, as well as Sandusky Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In his spare time, he filled in as Sandusky High School acapella choir’s accompanist and recently joined North Coast Concert Band. Ron’s involvement in the education and support of music in young people’s lives extended beyond the music store. He accompanied many students at solo and ensemble competitions, encouraging them to use their gifts in worship services.
Friends may call 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Ransom Funeral & Cremation Service, 610 S. Washington St., Castalia.
His funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky, with the Rev. Eric Bodenstab officiating, assisted by the Rev. Phil Feltman. Burial will be in Castalia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Ron Borchardt family for distribution to charities.
Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.ransomfuneralhome.com.