Obituary of Ronald J. Mislan
Recognized for heroism Ron was an authentic man who marched to his own drum. Forging his own way from a young age he started working on cars as a teenager…moving on to actually building and racing those cars with his racing club, Speed Incorporated.
Starting his own repair shop at 22 years, he became the youngest Shell dealer in New Jersey. And by the time he was in his thirties he was managing three stations, 10 tow trucks and 3 mechanics.
Along the way he met Christina and together they raised their children in Warren. She worked side by side with Ron to manage and build their businesses. She was his rudder in life for over 50 years until her sudden passing in 2020.
A recognized expert towman, he was often called upon for difficult recoveries.
He was an active member of American Towman and continually served on their Editorial Board.
In 2011 American Towman recognized Ron for Heroism at their annual Convention. He saved a woman’s life when he witnessed her drive off the road into a wooded area. With the car flipped upside down he was able to rescue her and pull her to safety from the smoking wreck before other first responders arrived.
Both he and Christina were officers in the Garden State Towman’s Association serving as Executive Vice President and Secretary respectively.
Officially towing for Warren, Watchung and Stirling police departments, Ron respected the officers he worked with and campaigned for the “Move Over, Slow Down” law designed to protect first responders.
Loving cars and especially the classics, Ron was an active member of the Warren Chapter of Antique Automobiles of America.
Following his love of cars, he was a champion trap shooter. A member of the competitive shooting team, the “the Death Squad” he traveled to competitions around the country. In that pursuit he earned a lifetime membership in the Amateur Trap Shooting Association.
An avid outdoorsman he was a member of the Warren Blue Ridge Sportsman’s club and loved being out in nature whether he was hunting, fishing or just walking in the woods
Above all else he was an authentic man who was fearless and loyal.
He was always there for anyone who needed help…day or night.
Ron is survived by his children Brock, David, Patrick, Ronald, and Dawn Marie. His grandchildren Trevor, Jack, Colette, Clark, Ryan, Justin and Olivia. And his Great Grandson, Jameson.
In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations to;
Center for Hope Hospice
1900 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Condolences can be sent to
The Mislan Family
c/o Barbara Hunter
46 Brandywine Rise
Green Brook, NJ 08812-1915