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Ronnie (Ron) Eugene Edgerly

May 24, 1946 ~ July 14, 2018 (age 72)
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Ronnie (Ron) Eugene Edgerly of Prineville, Oregon passed away with his wife and family by his side on Saturday July 14, 2018.

A Funeral service of remembrance will be held at the Prineville Funeral Home “Heritage Chapel” at 10:00 am on Saturday July 21, 2018 with interment and Military Honors to follow at Juniper Haven Cemetery, and then the VFW in Prineville for reception and fellowship.

Ron was born in Yakima, Washington on May 24, 1946 to the late Mary and Donovan Edgerly. Ron grew up in a large family with four sisters and four brothers and spoke very fondly of these early memories. Ron graduated from Crook County High School in 1964. During his time at Crook County High School he was an accomplished wrestler that won an individual district wrestling title and competed for his team at the state tournament.

During his younger years he learned the value of hard work by bucking hay from fields in Prineville and Paulina. Like many of his family members, Ron felt a calling to serve his country so shortly after high school he proudly joined the United States Marine Corps and in doing so became a veteran of the Viet Nam War.

In his working days Ron tested his skills in many areas and even owned his own trucking company for several years, but railroading was in his blood and for the majority of his career he worked for and retired from the City of Prineville Railway.

Ron was a dedicated bow hunter and at the end of each summer he could be found surrounded by his family and closest friends hunting for deer and elk in the Ochoco Mountains. The stories and laughter that were shared around the campfire on these hunting trips are enough to fill three lifetimes full of history and happiness. He took great pride in teaching his three sons to hunt, fish, golf, wrestle, and more importantly the importance of God, family, and country.

In retirement, Ron spent his winter months in Yuma, Arizona where he loved to golf, explore the desert in his sand rail, and develop new friendships with snowbirds from all over the United States. Ron treasured these new experiences down south and often described his friends in Yuma as his second family. To the end, Ron shared these stories with excitement and the hope of making even more memories down south in the future.

Ron lived a big and full life that was filled with adventure, kindness, and a great amount of love. It is hard to give a good picture of a life lived this way but in doing so it must be known that he was an avid Oregon Ducks fan, loved being on the golf course with good friends, enjoyed sharing stories around a barbecue grill while eating oysters, appreciated time spent in the outdoors, and he deeply valued and loved time spent around his family and friends. People lucky enough to live this type of life leave a lasting impact and as such, Ron, is already deeply missed by those that knew him.

Friends and family of Ron have described him as someone you wanted in your corner in life and as a person that had an ability to draw people towards him with his sense of humor and kindness. Whether you met him on the golf course or in a grocery store you would know him as an instant friend. We must mention that Lyn Mills’s generous friendship, kindness and care will never be forgotten.

Ron is survived by his wife Linda (Durkee) Edgerly of Prineville, OR, his four children including Scott Edgerly, of Tucson, AZ, Brett Edgerly, of Prineville OR, Trent Edgerly, of Dayton, OR, and Rhonda Carrick, of Newport, OR, stepchildren R.J. Durkee and Tami Ough of Prineville, OR, brothers Connie Edgerly, Don Edgerly, Dean Edgerly, sister Linda Gantenbein, 17 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, one brother (Paul), and three sisters (Mary, Leona, and Anita) and his wife Kathleen (Katy) Edwards.

 

 

 

 


Donations may be made to:

St. Charles Hospice
1201 NE Eim Street, Prineville OR 97754


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