Ronald “Ron” Philip Sadtler, age 60, of Forest Hill, MD, passed away on February 9, 2023, at
his home following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Born in Montgomery County, he was
the son of Allan Phillip Sadtler, Jr. and Edna Lorraine Walter. An outstanding high-school
athlete, he played football, baseball, and ran track at Damascus High School.
Ron graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education.
He went on to earn a Master’s degree in Experiential and Outdoor Education from Mankato
State University in Minnesota. He worked as the School Programs Director at Joy Outdoor
Education Center in Clarksville, Ohio, from 1988 – 1990.
Moving back to Maryland, he took a teaching job as a physical educator with Harford County
Public Schools and retired in June 2022 after 32 years. His passion for learning and experiential
opportunities was evident in both his professional and personal lives. While at Lisby Hillsdale
Elementary School for 14 years, he launched the annual Sports Day and founded the Hoppin’
Hawks jump rope team, which competed in tournaments nationally and continues today.
Ron later joined the North Harford Middle School Physical Education department and developed
the Fitness Lab and the disc golf course. Always seeking experiential opportunities, he
reintroduced an archery curriculum and expanded it to become part of the National Archery in
the School Program (NASP), which allowed students to compete regionally. In addition, he led
the intramural sports program and coached the Varsity Boys Volleyball and Junior Varsity Tennis
teams at North Harford High School.
He excelled at home renovations, carpentry, and all DIY projects, building much of the furniture
in his home. His pride in landscaping his own yard led to the formation of a “Sadtler Lawn Care”
business, and he delighted in engineering unique, thrifty solutions to any home or organization
challenge. His many personal projects included converting a utility trailer into an RV and
outfitting a kayak into a hands-free fishing vessel.
An avid outdoorsman, Ron frequently spent time in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, and enjoyed
hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, disc golfing, family game and movie
nights, and stargazing next to the outdoor fire. At age 50, he taught himself how to snowboard.
Among his greatest joys were coaching and cheering on his children in various sports, hosting
the annual family crab feast, embarking on solo hikes and paddles, and summer vacations at
the beach. Becoming a grandfather was a recent blessing.
In 2011, he committed to a life with Christ. The fellowship and community he experienced at
Mountain Christian Church were instrumental in his decision. He was involved in many local and
international service projects and included family in every aspect. The Resolution to his family
and God was ever-present in his daily life.
Ronald is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kimberly Thompson Sadtler; daughters, Jennifer
Leigh (Earl Lee) List, Sierra Lyn Sadtler, and Miranda Skye Sadtler; son, Garrett Thompson
Sadtler; granddaughter, Soulara Jade Tyszko; sisters, Kay V. (Ronald) Cilensek and Carol L.
(Roger) Robinson; brother, Brian A. (Melissa) Sadtler; nieces, Dawn Fadely, Erica (Rich) Englert
and Rachael (Cody) Darby; nephews, Shane Fadely and Daniel Sadtler; mother-in-law, Betty
Thompson; and brother-in-law, Kenton (Jaclyn) Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of the following organizations dear to Ron’s
● Eden Mill Nature Center: edenmill.org
● Canaan Valley Institute: canaanvi.org
● Assateague Island Alliance: assateagueislandalliance.org
Condolences may be left on the guestbook at mccomasfuneralhome.com and the family would
appreciate additional memories or stories emailed to MemoriesOfRonald@gmail.com.