Obituaries: Mr. Ronald David Dasher, William Charles “Bill” Martynuska.

Obituaries: Mr. Ronald David Dasher, William Charles “Bill” Martynuska.

Myrtle Hill in Rome.

William Charles “Bill” Martynuska, passed away on April 8, 2021.

Bill was born at the Station Inn hotel in Cresson, PA. on October 9, 1949 and delivered by his Aunt Doris Durbin.  He was the son of the late Charles Edward Martynuska and the late Irene Farren Sendek. He often talked about the days of his childhood spent out at the farm.   Bill grew up in Cleveland, Ohio before moving to Georgia and marrying the love of his life.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Kay Pressley Martynuska; children, Bill Martynuska (Michelle), Kelly Martynuska Kraker (Chris), Tiffany Hall (Becky Reynolds); sisters, Kim Haag (Don), Connie Martynuska (Mary Benko); brother, David Martynuska (Jackie); Adored grandchildren Alyssa, Shannon and Kyra Kraker, Landon and Lincoln Kinney and a host of other friends and relatives.

Bill worked as a prison guard for the Georgia Department of Corrections for 25 years before retiring.  For many of those years, he transported inmates to Stone Mountain Park and managed their work.  He enjoyed the prison during the boot-camp tenure, and many inmates from that time contacted him after their release to thank him for his fair but firm discipline.

Bill loved and enjoyed his marriage and thought of his cherished relationship with his wife Kay as one of life’s greatest treasures.  He was self-taught and completed many home building projects, which included building our log cabin.  He was a devoted father and enjoyed camping and fishing with the children when they were young.  He was so proud of his children’s accomplishments and his grandchildren.  He treasured his many long-lasting friendships. Bill was a gentle, soft-spoken man with a quiet sense of humor and a touch of sarcasm that often came out of nowhere.

He enjoyed being out in nature just to hear the beagles on a rabbit hunt.  He loved working in the yard, fishing, hunting, and even trained homing pigeons. He loved all sports and even played softball for a time. He enjoyed a strong cup of coffee and watching TV. 1950s shows like Gunsmoke, Rifleman and Daniel Boone were favorites along with any crime TV series.

A Biblical Wake will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 2:30pm in the Chapel at Henderson and Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, with Deacon Stuart Neslin officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, North Chapel, on Saturday, April 17, 2021 from 1:30pm until time of the service. Social distancing guidelines will be followed, and masks are requested.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in honor of Bill.


Mr. Ronald David Dasher, age 78, of Rome, GA, passed away Monday, April 12, 2021, in a local hospital.

Mr. Dasher was born in Valdosta, GA on October 6, 1942, son of the late Lawrence David Dasher and the late Evelyn Arnold Dasher. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Dasher, and by a grandson, Landon Dasher.

He attended Valdosta High School for 3 years prior to graduating as the Star Student from Lowndes County High School in 1959. He was also awarded the designation of Star Student for the county. In 1964, he graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Mr. Dasher was employed for 33 years with a major state utility company before retiring from Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia following 11 years of employment. He was a member of Rome Church of Christ where he served as an Elder.

He was an avid Georgia Tech football supporter and had season tickets each year. He and his wife loved to travel especially on cruise ships. They visited many countries. The beaches at Normandy and the tulips in Holland were especially memorable. The Panama Canal and the canals of Venice are not to be forgotten. Only one cruise trip was left on their “bucket list” – the Northern Lights.

Survivors include his wife, the former Phyllis Tinney, to whom he was married on July 18, 1970; 2 sons, Dr. Drew Dasher (Jessica), Houston, TX, and Maj. Mark Dasher (Chandise), Rome; 2 grandsons, Logan and Liam Dasher, both of Houston, TX; a sister, Nancy Oswald (Larry), Gilbert, SC; a brother, Lawton Dasher (Pam), Naylor, GA.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 2pm at Rome Church of Christ with Minister Steve Rogers and Minister David O’Connell officiating. Interment will follow in Rome Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Friday from 5 until 7pm. Social distancing guidelines will be followed at the visitation and funeral service, and masks are requested by the family.

Pallbearers are requested to assemble at Rome Church of Christ on Saturday at 1:30pm and include: Drew Molock, Tommy Callan, Dennis Elmore, Vic Tinney, Dutch Copelan, Terry Maynard, and Doug Gresham.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

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