Salem Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel
2951 Reynolda Road, Winston Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, Oct 06, 2018
Forsyth Memorial Park
3771 Yadkinville Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, Oct 06, 2018
Sep 23, 1923 - Sep 12, 2018
Ronald S. Macklin, 94, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:52 a.m. He was born to Harold and Isma Stultz Macklin on September 23, 1923. He lived in Winston-Salem most of his life and recently became a resident of Arbor Acres.
After graduating from Reynolds High School in 1941, Mr. Macklin enlisted in the Army/Air Corps in September of the same year. He was assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron, 17th Bomb Group after attending airplane mechanic school at Kessler Field. His squadron was a replacement for the 34th that bombed Japan from the Carrier Hornet on April 18, 1942.
After a few months of flying the B-25, his squadron converted to the B-26 Marauder and went overseas on November 18, 1942. Mr. Macklin participated in 10 campaigns and shot down two ME 109s in early 1943.
He received three Air Medals, two Presidential Citations, and the French Croix de Guerre Avec Palme. In 1946, he was awarded the "France Libre Medal" and in 2009 the "French Legion of Honor" by the President of France.
For a short time he was the crew chief for General Doolittle's B-26 while he was stationed in North Africa. After VE day, he was part of the team that recovered aeronautical knowledge from the Germans for use by the allies. Prior to returning to the states, his squadron helped liberate Mauthausen, a concentration camp located in Austria. Mr. Macklin was granted a Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant after discharge in September 1945.
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1950 and spent most of his career with Piedmont Airlines.
In 1987, he led the preparation for an in depth audit of the airline by the FAA. Piedmont made the highest scores of all major airlines audited that year. Mr. Macklin was a member of the SAE Aviation Fuel and Lubricants committee and was on the original Air Transportation Association Committee that wrote the ATA aviation fuel quality control document. That document later became the industry standard for aviation fuel quality control at the time.
After retiring in 1988, Mr. Macklin was an airline consultant in the United States, Mid Pacific, and Far East. He temporarily lived in Hawaii and worked with Aloha Air for almost a year.
His two primary hobbies were genealogy and photography. He developed his own 35 mm slide shows to support presentations such as "Winston-Salem, Then and Now," "WWII," and other popular topics. He spent years taking a "Picture of the Day" in his wife's garden and sharing it with a large list of email contacts, most of whom he outlived.
Mr. Macklin was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Albert Lyle and Theodore Gordon, and a sister, Margaret Macklin Fowler.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Margaret Rose Tucker Macklin; son Ted and wife Linda of Norcross, GA; and daughter, Ann of Albuquerque, NM. He also leaves behind his grandson Russell of Nashville, TN; his wife's sister, Mary Jackson Pohl and her husband Jim of Alexandria, MN; and sister-in-law Margaret Fowler Macklin, Albert's widow.
Mr. Macklin is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews: Thom Fowler, Dana Macklin, Wendy Macklin, Molly Levine, Peggy Hopkins, Lauri Macklin, and all of their spouses and children.
There will be a Graveside Service at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6 at Forsyth Memorial Park with a visitation following the service at Salem Funeral Home Reynolda Chapel, 2951 Reynolda Road.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to the National Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Condolences may be made online at www.salemfh.com.
Sami Ousley Bills
Heartfelt condolences to you, Ted, and your family for the loss of your father. He lived an incredible life! Blessings to all of you.
Molly M. Fowler
Sending love to Rosie, Ted, Ann, Linda and Russell. I imagine he's gathering all the family for a photo next to the pearly gates before he takes an afternoon flight. My mom will complain later that everyone looks good in the photo except her. Albert will grin and pass his Sally Lund rolls, Mack will laugh, wryly and Smut the cat will steal the show.
Such a sweet,talented and gentle man. Ronnie,you made this world a better place. RIP my friend.
He was a good friend,co-worker, and boss. We always enjoyed his pictures and slide shows. Fly high Ronnie! Helen
Joyce Dow Marion
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Mr. Macklin. Though, I did not know him myself, he was a much respected and highly regarded friend of my late father, Gail S. Dow. I was always hearing a Ronnie Macklin story. They both loved the "sky above". Flying was just second nature to both men. Dad regarded him as a trusted friend and fellow pilot. A very special person.
So sorry to hear about your loss. I am praying for strength beyond normal, to comfort you and your family. God does Not cause death right now. Time and unforeseen occurrences befall all. Ecclesiastes 9:11. Soon our heavenly father is sure on Earth. Matthew 6:10; Daniel 2:44 .The scripture", Our father who art in Heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come thy will be done on Earth , as it is in Heaven." You see it is a government that Jesus will rule as King. It will bring no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears, no more death. Revelation 21:3-5. The dead will live again, here on Earth. Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:11, 29; Isaiah 26:19. Make sure you look up all the scripture to see this is all true.
God will sustain you with his "right hand of righteousness" during this difficult time and through each passing day. Isaiah 41:10 says: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right hand of righteousness". Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One (God) saying to you,...'I will help you'". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)