Stayton – Ron, 73,
died Monday in Stayton. He was born in Salem and grew up in West
Stayton, living in Turner, Grand Ronde, and Salem. Ron graduated
from Cascade High School in 1957. He farmed for many years in the
Marion/Turner area. Ron raised corn, beans, strawberries and was
one of the last farmers to grow pole beans in 1976.
He met his soul mate
late in life, Kathy, they married on September 15, 1980 in Lake Tahoe, NV., and lived
happily ever after. They owned and operated Grand Ronde Wrecking
for 9 years. Kathy preceded him in death on October 26, 2009.
Ron was a member of Jefferson Baptist Church,
the Eagles, and North Santiam Sportsmans Club. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing, camping, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing
cribbage, pinochle, sudoku and dominoes.
Ron is survived by
children: Linda (Steve) Calavan of Sisters, Sandi (Brent) Hiatt of
Sublimity, Glenn (Andrea) Hilton of Stayton, Diane (Steve) Stump
of Portland, Linda (Doug) Moran of Tigard and Bob (Tricia) Smith
of Salem; brother: Stanley (Betty) Hilton of Aumsville; sister:
Sharon (Floyd) Durkee of Stayton; 26 grandchildren;
26-great-grandchildren; 4 - great-great-grandchildren; an aunt and
uncle, numerous close cousins, nieces and nephews. He
was also preceded in death by daughter, Karen.
The family wishes to
thank, Dr. Cook, Maria, Clarice, Tessa, Judith and everyone at
Willamette Valley Hospice for the care given to our Dad. Also, a
special thanks, to Paola, Carla and Yolanda at Woodside Care Home
for the wonderful patience and care the last 2 months. Viewing
will be Thursday, October 18, from 3pm-7 pm at North Santiam
Funeral Service. Memorial service will be Sunday, October 21 at
2:00pm at Anthony Hall in Sublimity. Private interment in Lone Oak
Cemetery, Stayton. Contributions may be made to Willamette Valley
Hospice. Serving the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.