ROME Ronald Paul Eaker, 56, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013.Born in in Kankakee, Ill., June 9, 1956, Ron relocated to Chattanooga (Hixson) with his family when he was 12. Ron moved to Rome in 1982 where he was a resident for most of 31 years. Ron held a variety of jobs but eventually settled into the newspaper business. Ron started with Rome News Tribune in 1994. In 2005, Ron relocated to Fort Thomas, Ky., taking a job for a year with EW Scripts. In 2006, Ron returned to the Rome News Tribune and remained there until he took employment with the Atlanta Journal Constitution January 2012. Work never defined Ron. Ron attended Life Church in Armuchee, Ga., taking grandkids with him each week. Ron loved restoring cars, enjoyed motorcycles, football, especially VOLS football. But more those things, he loved his grandkids.Ron was preceded in death by his father, Richard Eaker, of Hixson.Ron is survived by his daughters; Shannon (Josh) Reynolds, of Rome, Kimberly (Chris) Nelson, of Rome; grandchildren, Kotah Keith, Joshua Reynolds, Samantha Nelson, Kameron Morgan, Paul Reynolds, Anna Nelson and Christopher Nelson; his mother, Cynthia Eaker, of Hixson; brother, Gary (Dianna) Eaker, of Hixson; sisters Donna Davis, of Hixson; Brenda (Steve) Parlier, of Harrison and Jackie Ledford, Scotsboro, Ala. He is also survived by mother of his children, Lorissa Eaker; and friend/ex-wife, Rebecca Eaker; and stepdaughters, Leslie and Laura Edwards.Funeral services for Mr. Eaker will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Life Church, Amuchee, Ga., with the Rev. Jason Stockton officiating.The family will receive friends at Daniels Funeral Home in Rome from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.Daniels Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements for Mr. Ronald Paul Eaker.