ELIDA, Ohio—Ronald E. Urban, pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Elida from 1978 to 1998, died June 5. He was 76.

Prior to accepting the pastorate of Faith Baptist, he was an associate pastor at Massillon Baptist Temple, Massillon, Ohio.

Ron retired from the pastorate of Faith Baptist in 1998 following a stroke. He and his wife, Helen, remained at the church and supported the pastors who succeeded his ministry. David Warren, national representative of the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches, says, “The last time I saw him (about two weeks ago) he and Helen were cleaning the church in preparation for a special service about to occur there. He and his kind spirit will be missed by family and friends.”

Ron is survived by Helen, whom he married on Oct. 5, 1957, in Massillon; a daughter, Ronda Price; a son, Ronald; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.