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Ronald Warren “Sugarbear” WattersonPassing: October 20, 2023


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Tuesday, October 24th @ 2:00pm


Chastain Funeral Home

Tuesday, October 24th @ 10:00am-2:00pm


Mitchell Cemetery

Tuesday, October 24th

MITCHELL – Ronald Warren “Sugarbear” Watterson, 78, passed away Friday, October 20, 2023, at Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital.

Born July 4, 1945, in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, he was the son of Robert Orval and Anna Grace (Curry) Watterson.  Ronnie married Deloris Ann Hart on November 1, 1968 and they were married for almost 55 years.

Ronnie retired from Hall Bros. Transportation as an owner/operator where he worked from 1979-2009 and drove over four million miles.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post No. 250.  Ronnie was an Elder at Mitchell First Christian Church.  He loved to fish, play his trumpet, and do woodworking.  Ronnie never met a stranger and always had a smile to share.  He loved to tell stories and sometimes tall tales.  Ronnie was a great mechanic, and his granddaughter Chloe once said, “There was nothing Grampy couldn’t fix.”

Surviving are his wife, Deloris Ann Watterson of Mitchell; daughter, Lori Ann Watterson Fiscus of Mitchell; and granddaughter, Chloe Lynn Fiscus.

His parents and daughter, Terri Lynn Watterson, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Brian Bolton and Pastor Kirk Williams officiating.  Burial will be at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.

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23 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Nancy Titus | St pete florida
    Date: April 17, 2024
    I am just getting around to this. I am so sorry Ronnie has passed. I went to high school with him and he always had a joke and a smile. The last time I spoke with him he and herb were trying to pull a joke on me. I am sure they are doing that somewhere today.
  2. Guest: Eddie Hatfield | Mitchell
    Date: March 21, 2024
    For for you all. I knew him from the Beasley days and I was in shipping at FoMoCo and the other names they gave themselves!. 8 years of stories and him eating lots of food at all hours in the office! God Bless all.
  3. Guest: Paul and Kathy Stroud | Mitchell
    Date: October 27, 2023
    Sending condolences to Deloris. Kenny. Cindy and families. Continued prayers. God Bless.
  4. Guest: Roger Davis | Mitchell, Indiana 47446
    Date: October 26, 2023
    Ronnie and I went to school together. He was always a happy guy to be around. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you all.
  5. Guest: Beth Dumond | Williams , IN
    Date: October 25, 2023
    My heart goes out to all of you. Ronnie and Delores were always two of my favorite customers for many years. No matter how hard the day at work. I would always have a smile after talking to either one of them.
  6. Guest: Keli Parker | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: October 24, 2023
    Aunt Deloris, Lori and Chloe I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing! He was such a sweet man and had such a contagious smile. My thoughts and love are with all of you during the difficult time.
  7. Guest: Danny longest | Paoli Indiana
    Date: October 24, 2023
    I didn't know him but I would like to say I'm so very sorry for your loss . God bless him and his family and friends 🙏🙏
  8. Guest: Natalie and Jimi McFarlan | Bedford
    Date: October 24, 2023
    We are so sorry for your loss.
  9. Guest: Mark and Teresa Lindley and family | Orleans, Indiana
    Date: October 23, 2023
    Our family sends our most heartfelt condolences to Delores, Lori, and Chloe. We were saddened to see that our friend and coworker has gone on to his reward. May it comfort you all to know that he is with Jesus and has been reunited with Terri and his parents. Mark asked me to share that he and "Sugarbear" traveled many miles together while at Hall Bros. He and Ronnie were forever friends. Working in the office at Hall's, I also got to talk to Ronnie for things like load information, payroll, etc. He always was courteous and respectful, but "us girls" (he called us "you girls") also enjoyed a story or two. Ronnie also built Mark and I a swing that we have now passed down to Josh. May the Lord comfort you all and give you strength during this difficult time. We are sending up prayers for you all. 🙏
  10. Guest: Danny Williams | Bedford Indiana
    Date: October 23, 2023
    You were always one of my favorites.
  11. Guest: Terry (Wood) Naftzger | Bloomington, Indiana
    Date: October 22, 2023
    Deloris, you are in my prayers!
  12. Guest: Bob Connell | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: October 22, 2023
    Sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing, he was a special person. Condolences and may your faith give you comfort during this time.
  13. Guest: Keely Thomas | Grove City, OH
    Date: October 22, 2023
    Delores and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. I know it’s been such a long time since we’ve seen you all, but wonderful memories back in the day at FBC. What a great man and Mom (Nicki) would be sad in knowing of his passing. I know he is celebrating and rejoicing with his Savior and seeing Terri again.! Thoughts and prayers!
  14. Guest: Mike Schlegel | Lyons, CO
    Date: October 21, 2023
    I'm so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. I have many fond memories of him. I.e. my family and Ronnie's were at Bogg's Creek MANY years ago. Ronnie caught a fish. My brother was mad he hadn't caught anything. Ronnie took his fish and secretively put it in my brother's line. My brother was so happy to have finally "caught" a fish. He was also so happy that his fish was bigger than Ronnie's fish. I remember Ronnie laughing so hard... I can hear him laughing now.
  15. Guest: Pamela Bartlett | Seymour, in.
    Date: October 21, 2023
    I am so sorry Dolores to hear about your loss of Ron. My heart goes out to you and your family. I know he's up there in heaven with Jim now and they're having a good time. May God keep you safe and your time of loss.
  16. Guest: Mary Lagle | Mitchell IN
    Date: October 21, 2023
    So very sorry Deloris and family, love and prayers for comfort.
  17. Guest: Debbie ( Fleenor) Clock | Mitchell
    Date: October 21, 2023
    Delores, Lori and Chloe, I am so very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. Debbie
  18. Guest: Mary Kleihege | Mitchell, Indiana 47446
    Date: October 21, 2023
    Very sad to here of Ronnie's passing. Sending our prayers and condolences. He will be missed!
  19. Guest: Mary Kleihege | Mitchell, Indiana 47446
    Date: October 21, 2023
    Very sad to her of Ronnie's passing. Sending our prayers and condolences. He will be missed!
  20. Guest: Chris Mannix | Bedford, IN
    Date: October 21, 2023
    My sincere condolences to Mrs. Deloris and all. I have fond memories from early on at First Babtist Church and later When I worked in shipping at Ford/Visteon Ronnie would often haul loads in and out of the plant. Outstanding Human being!!
  21. Guest: Jetta Jenkins | Bedford, In
    Date: October 21, 2023
    Delores, so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. Will always remember you all at the FBC.. My prayers are with you and your family.
  22. Guest: Carolyn Braman Riefe | Saginaw, Mi
    Date: October 21, 2023
    I’m so sorry to hear this news. Ronnie and I were 1963 classmates and played in the band together. He was a dear friend. May the family find peace in the many happy memories you share.
  23. Guest: Peg McCameron | Mitchell, Indiana 47446
    Date: October 21, 2023
    Terry & I loved Ronnie, in his last years we unfortunately didn't see him much. But we loved him always. Terry & Ronnie were Buddies. I pray they see each other in Heaven.