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Ronald D. Galbraith
July 5, 1937 – August 29, 2010

Detroit – Ron, 73, died Sunday in an automobile accident on highway 22  in Detroit. He was born in Moose Lake, Minnesota. Ron was raised in the Scott Mills area, which he loved and moved to Detroit in 1955 his favorite place. Ron served in the US Army , briefly in the early 1960’s.  He loved the mountains, the woods, Detroit and the lake, and he enjoyed cutting firewood.  Ron spent over 36 years working for the US Forest Service on the Detroit Ranger District. During that extended period of time he worked under 11 District Rangers. He started his career, and had many stories concerning his time, maintaining trails and the many miles of phone lines that serviced the lookouts and guard stations on the District. Ron worked many years in fire control and in later years he was a timber sale administrator working with many different logging companies during the hey day of logging in the canyon.

On weekends you could expect to see him driving up the street in his 1940 old green chevy, which was his pride and joy, headed to one of the local restaurants for his morning coffee.

He was steady and reliable and believed in right and wrong and using common sense. Ron was one of the pioneers in the Upper Santiam Canyon from the 1950’s-1980’s. We have lost a vast historian of the area. He will be greatly missed. Survivors: Son and daughter-in-law: Stephen and Kelly Galbraith of Detroit; daughter and son-in-law: Terry and Kyle Caldwell of Williminia; brother and sister-in-law: Donald and Wilma Galbraith of Wamick; nephew: Don “Frankie” Galbraith of Mill City; nieces: Linda Accuff of Lapine and Connie Mustola of Clatskanie; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother Jerry. Celebration of life will be Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 12:00 noon at Detroit City Hall. Private interment in Maplewood Pioneer Cemetery in Scotts Mills. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 


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