BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Ronald James Screen, age 89, who resided in Boynton Beach, FL, and formerly of Cumberland, MD, died November 26, 2017 in Fairfax, Virginia following a brief illness.
Born January 18, 1928 in Cumberland, MD, he was the son of Joseph F. Screen Sr. and Bernice Ethel (Sterner) Screen.
During High School, Mr. Screen worked nights at the B&O Railroad. After graduating from Fort Hill High School in 1946, Ron enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed in Florida. He was transferred to Roswell, NM, which was the Strategic Air Command for the B29 Bomber Squad and base of Colonel Tibbetts. He was a member of the B-29 Flight Bomber Squad – 509th Bomber Group as a radio operator. He served seven years in the Air Force and was a Staff Sergeant.
Ron started his business career as a Life Insurance Agent from 1953 to 1964 for Metropolitan Life. John Geare hired Ron to start the Life Insurance Department at Barnes, Bernard, and Geare in 1964. In 1965, the Beall Insurance Agency was merged and the name was changed to Beall, Garner and Geare. In 1975 Ron became a partner with the firm and the name was changed to Beall, Garner, Screen and Geare. Ron earned the professional designation of Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU). He built the Financial Services Division of BGS&G.
Ron served in many membership and leadership roles in the community over his lifetime. This included President of the Cumberland Rotary Club, President of the area American Cancer Society, Director of the Cumberland Country Club, Board member of the First National Bank of Maryland, Member of Fort Cumberland Lodge 211 AF & AM, Member of ACC Foundation Board, Member of the Health Planning Council, and Member of the Tri-State Estate Planning Council. In early retirement, he was instrumental in the growth of several projects as a Director of the Cumberland Culture Foundation.
When Ron retired to Florida, he continued to be active in community service as a Board member of the Urban Youth Impact. Mr. Screen was a charter member of Bethany House of the Lord (United Brethren in Christ) in South Cumberland, where he served as one of the founding Deacons. He was supportive as a member at First Baptist Church in Boynton Beach, FL and the Quail Ridge Men’s Prayer Group.
Ron loved the game of golf and played as recently as this year! In his youth he walked to the Cumberland Country Club to caddy and soon developed what his friends would call a “caddy” or “sweet” swing, which remained with him his entire life.
Mr. Screen is survived by his four children, Randolph B. Screen (Rebecca), Raleigh, NC, R. Timothy Screen (Joni), Montgomery, TX, Rebecca D. Foley (Thom), Oakton, VA, and Patricia A. Maluchnik (Robert), Frederick, MD, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Priscilla A. Screen in 1987 and his second wife, Dorothy M. Screen in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his twin brother, Donald R. Screen, and brothers Joseph F. Screen and Gary Screen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Connor Maluchnik, Cameron Maluchnik, Dillon Foley, Patrick Screen, Stephen Screen, and Blake Harper.
Friends will be received at Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, MD on Thursday, November 30 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Friday, December 1 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery, 14205 Pleasant Valley Road, NE, Flintstone, MD, on Friday, December 1 at 11:00 AM. All attendees are invited to lunch at 11:30 at Rocky Gap State Park Lodge Restaurant.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The address is 733 3rd Avenue, Third Floor, New York, NY 10017 or the link to do so on line is https://www.nationalmssociety.org/
Condolences for the family may be left at www.ScarpelliFH.com