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    Quote Originally Posted by steve6x6x6 View Post
    He will be missed, before every SS meet he would ask if his "hooch" was still standing.
    Recived word of this tragic event on Facebook last night. I say we turn this thing into a Memorial Shrine of some sort.

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    I've communicated with Ron several times over the few years I've been here via PM and on the phone, mainly about technical matters that weren't clear to me.

    A couple of years ago I put out a request for printed copies of the TMs (operator's and repair) for the M1000 trailer that is commonly towed by the M1070 HET; one of our club members had both M1070 & M1000 to use for his business. Ron responded and shipped out a printed copy in GREAT condition and just said to pay him whatever it was worth to us. I tried to make sure that not only was the shipping covered but also threw in a good sum for the manual as well.

    I like to use his phrase with other SS members (with whom I've dealt with before), when they ask me what I'm charging for an item or service: "Just send me what you think it's worth to you." It's not much, but it will be my enduring memory of Ron.

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    Derek he dickered with everybody. When I first saw the post of his passing yesterday, I was explaining to my wife why I became so verklempt looking at the SS site. Two years ago at the Ga rally. I had got there at the first of the week(Tues), I had a bunch of white arctic fly's for the USMC 4 man tent for $10, Ron came by every day trying talk me down. My style is to drop prices every day till late Sat afternoon when I have my packing up to leave fall of Saigon sale. He came by around noon when the few I had left were at $5 but wanted to pay no more than $2, he told me would gamble and get one at the pack up sale. Not 30 mins after he left somebody bought all I had left at the asking price. He came by that afternoon looking for them and realized they were all gone and asked if I had more at home, I answered no. As he started to walk away I yelled at him and tossed Ron the one I had put aside for him. I told him it was on the house for all the time and energy he had spent to get it. Sunday on the way home I moved my map on the dash and there was a thank you and $2 from Ron.


    This is a quote I stole from the "Razors edge" By W. Somerset Maugham. Soldier Larry Darrell says this of the man who had just died after saving his life in the trenches in WW1, trying to help ease the loss.

    "He was a slob. Did you ever see him eat? Starving children could fill their bellies on the food that ended up in his beard and on his clothes. Dogs would gather to watch him eat. I've never understood gluttony, but I hate it. I hated that about you. He enjoyed disgusting people, being disgusting, the thrill of offending people and making them uncomfortable. It was despicable. You will not be missed."



    In noway were my above comments meant to dishonor or slander Ron's memory. That quote from the movie was a way to help ease the pain of loosing a comrade that was very close . It has also helped me over the years in dealing in loss.
    Believe me, he is and will be missed!


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    I never met him in person but I spoke with Ron several times over the years and he was always nice to me.
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    Like so many others, I never met KGR......Except here of course. He answered a few PM's with an easy wealth of knowledge and understanding of what I was attempting. I saw the post from Wes and Ron's reply. Figured it was going to be another successful recovery. They each had done "a few" ya know? Nothing unusual. Then, on Sunday morning I saw the post.

    Amazing how someone ya don't "know" can elicit such an emotional response. I've read the post. I'm saying prayers. I'm offering heart felt condolences to Lucille and Ron's family and friends.

    Only ONE constant in life and that's change. Ron brought a LOT of change in peoples actions and attitudes through many avenues. He touched and molded many a MV enthusiast. Touched quite a few vendors too, it seems. LOL

    He made a difference! His life was one of accomplishment and action. I grieve, like many. More than some, WAY less than others. I KNOW that as a brother in Christ, we will share Heaven and his life will have no end. As a fellow service member, we shared that Oath, that bond of brotherhood. As fellow MV owners, we shared frustrations, broken knuckles, and aching body parts.

    Lucille, PLEASE accept my families DEEPEST condolences for your loss at this time. The prayers will continue for all involved. I hope that we are helping you in the smallest of ways during this terrible time of grief. Jesus, the Christ, is ascended into Heaven and His Kingdom shall have no end.

    I want to thank ALL the folks behind the scenes( I don't know who you are, but stuff is getting done). Keep up the good fight. Especially SWISS and the Chaplain, and those closest to Ron.

    Times like these are VERY hard. Makes people wonder and curse, causes others to fall to their knees and ask for help. Causes yet others to reflect and change, right WM?
    I'm proud to have "met" Ron. I'm proud to be a member of Steelsoldiers, a website that still exemplifies the meaning of "taking care of our own". PLEASE be generous to those that will be struggling the most in the aftermath of this horrendous event. PLEASE use the page the Chaplain has mentioned to get funds where they need to go.

    God bless you ALL!! (especially the survivors)
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    Quote Originally Posted by michigandon View Post
    Recived word of this tragic event on Facebook last night. I say we turn this thing into a Memorial Shrine of some sort.
    michigandon, I think turning Ron's "Hooch" into a Memorial would be a nice way to remember Ron. Get some artificial Roses and paint them OD to leave in respect. A couple months ago I planed to make the GA Rally this Oct., and I'm saddened that I will not have a chance to meet Ron in person.
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    Default a few more pictures that highlight Ron being Ron; his helpfulness and his 'builds'

    a few more pictures that highlight Ron being Ron; his helpfulness and his 'builds'

    • Ron and his Lean-To
    • Ron doing a pick with his wrecker
    • Ron (with Swiss) doing another pick
    • the beast that Ron built... with Swiss
    • Ron doing another pick
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    Met Ron on a trip to the GA Rally, was an experience to say the least. Well informed and interesting. He will be missed. R.I.P.
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    I was very fortunate to have a fairly longstanding friendship with Ron. Through this site, on the phone and in person at the Ga rally.

    I was always impressed with his thoughtfulness and compassion.

    Many times he would simply call because he noticed a lack of my presence on the site(he knew a lot about me that I don't share with everyone else).

    Even if I missed his phone call, just his message would make me feel good, the way he spoke calm and gentle and with a soft tone often needed to hear from a person you knew cared. And I know many of you know this so opposite of what he could be like in person or on the forums.

    He had a way about him, that really impressed me.

    I looked up to him as a friend, with respect as an elder, a veteran, and a genuinely kind soul.

    Ron also told me many many times, how much this website meant to him. How happily it consumed him, and he fed from it. How he was so happy to make so many friends.

    I am truly saddened that I will not see him again (here on earth).

    I will always smile as I think of him, And I will do this often and forever.


    I have had many other thoughts of Ron in the last couple days and I just wanted to share a few of the thoughts that have been blowing through my mind.
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    I don't check in very often anymore, but something told me to get on steelsoldiers tonight. This is not what I wanted to see. I sit here writing with tears running down my face. I first met Ron when I took my truck to Taccoa when they dedicated the Museum there and Ron sent out a request for trucks to attend for the Parade and display. I have been to many Rally's and have had many good conversations with Him. De and I considered him a great Friend and an Honorable man. He greatly loved his Country, His Military, and his Friends. This is just a memory from a Rally long ago in the Horse pasture. We were sitting around the big bonfire and a jug of some clear substance was being passed around. I don't think Ron was a drinking man, but every time that jug got to him, he turned it up. Jennifer was sitting next to him and she turned it up everytime. Then I was next to Jennifer and I turned it up also. The next Morning Ron was holding his head when I first saw him and he said He did not understand, Jennifer was out jogging at 4 AM and that I looked great, why didn't I feel bad too?? I said Ron, just because you turn the jug up does not mean you have to swallow. He did not think that was very funny.

    Ron, my great Friend, I will truly miss you and wish I could have come to the last Rally to see you one last time. De and I both will have Lucille and family in our thoughts and Prayers. Rest in peace my Brother.
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