It is with a heavy heart that I wish to announce that my beloved brother Ron passed away in Hospice House Saturday, February 7, 2015. Ron was my special brother, a brother-in-law that Randy treated as an equal and a favored uncle to Christina, Cody and Melanie. He was our hero and a “gentle man”.
Ron was born in the beautiful village of Nakusp, BC on March 22, 1952. He attended school in Nakusp and Silver Birch school in Castlegar before moving to Enderby in 1968. Ron became part of the Kindale community in 1969 when Kindale School on Rosedale Ave Armstrong was just 10 years old. Ron began bowling with teacher Jean Lockhart, Gary Bos, James and Joanne Wilson and others and making crafts with the Kindale Workshop with Mr. & Mrs. Drebert. Later he took part in community service programs; raking leaves & getting firewood etc. Ron was a puzzle master throughout his life, working on them even in Hospice House. Ron was always a People Person, enjoying hearing the news of what was going on in the community whether it be a new building being constructed or watching the winter parade.
Later Ron moved to Willowbrook Home in Lavington. He loved everything about this home: the staff; camping & fishing; riding horses with Elizabeth Windmill; bowling; day trips to the antique car museum in Summerland; and taking care of the recycling. He decided he was a farmer at heart and wanted to raise a couple of pigs and also chickens so he and Mike went to Valley Auction to “check them out”. He raised the pigs till he decided to send them to “market” and his 24 Rhode Island Red chickens would come running to him when they heard his voice and he would carry them in the crook of his arm. Ron’s last home was Middleton House where he again looked after the recycling and where he, Ken and Bill had the lower level of the home to themselves. They called it their “bachelor pad”.
Ron loved creation. This was evident in his affection for animals of all types and his natural ability with them. When he was young, he learned how to farm from his Dad and Aunt Ruby and knew accurately every breed of livestock, every variety of grain growing in the fields as well as the tools needed to cultivate and harvest it all. It was at this young age that Ron enjoyed having Bible lessons read to him and understood the promises that the Creator holds out for all mankind. Ron chose to be part of the Lumby congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed his Bible studies as well as participating at the weekly Sunday Bible discussion. He said it was “the right thing to do”.
Ron is pre-deceased by his parents Robert and Helen Roder and by his aunt Ruby and uncle Ed. He is survived by his sister Roma (“the Boss”), his brother-in-law Randy; niece Christina & husband Tim and their children Emma and Owen; nephew Cody and his wife Caitlyn; niece Melanie & her husband Tim and their daughter Piper. The Memorial Service for Ron will be held Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the East Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 1424 Mission Rd, Vernon BC with Michael Herbus officiating. A tea will follow.
The family wishes to thank from the bottom of their hearts the wonderful team of caring nurses & the care aides and volunteers who did everything they could to brighten Ron’s days and bring a smile to his face. Thank you too Dr. Chan for the dignity and respect you gave to Ron in all the years of care.
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s on-line obituary @
www.MyAlternatives.ca . Cremation arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES ®
Vernon 250-558-0866 & Armstrong 250-546-7237