Ronald R. “Tugboat” Bodnar Sr.

James F. Kutch Funeral Home - Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | September 13, 2019

Ronald R. “Tugboat” Bodnar, Sr. aged 67, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 11, 2019.  Ron was born in McKeesport, PA on July 7th, 1952 to the late Robert and Frances Bodnar.  

He was affectionately known by friends and family as “Tugboat”, a nickname he earned from his 35-year career as a tugboat captain at U.S. Steel. 

His favorite place to spend time was his “retirement home”, a camper and community near Pymatuming Lake, where he loved boating, fishing and spending his days with friends and family. 

Ron had a larger than life personality and he lit up the room with his raucous laughter. He was a devoted husband, father, “Pap”, and friend. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Deborah (Seng) Bodnar, son Ron Jr. (Kristy) Bodnar, son Brad (Noel) Bodnar, 3 adoring grandchildren, Carson, Mason and Olivia who lovingly knew him as “Pap”, and sister Debra (James) Reynolds.

Friends will be received from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday at James F. Kutch Funeral Homes & Crematory, 433 Lincoln Highway, East McKeesport, PA 15035, (412) 823-4054.

A blessing service will be held at 5:30 pm at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to the Vasculitis Foundation at Vasculitis Foundation, PO Box 28660, Kansas City, MO 64188 or online at

Originally published September 13, 2019.

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