There are rare people whom we meet that make us feel loved and cared for immediately. Grandpa Ron, as he came to be known over the last several years, is that rare person. It was impossible to meet Ron and not be drawn to his wisdom, caring and thoughtfulness.
Ron joined the Lord on July 9, 2012 and his spirit will be with all of us who knew and loved him forever.
Ron was born in Spokane on April 12, 1938 to Herbert and Wilma Clark. As the oldest child and only son, he served as big brother to Patricia (Victor Robisch) and Barbara (Jim Johnson). Ronnie was a constant in Patty, Barb and their families lives. Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
He attended St. Xavier Catholic School and Gonzaga Prep, graduating in 1956. After serving two years in the Navy, Ron entered Gonzaga University and graduated in 1963.
Acme Concrete Company was his work “home” for 34 years. The friendships he developed in those years were incredibly important to him. His approach to work was the same as the rest of his life: he was fair, smart and a truly “stand-up” guy. Following his retirement, Ron offered his assistance and expertise to a number of charities including the St. Anne’s Children Home and Catholic Charities.
Marrying the love of his life, Dianne, in 1961, Ron began the journey that gave him profound joy. Their four children, Stephen (Peggy), Lee (Heidi), Shelly (Jeff Duquette) and Rebecca were a source of great pride. He fulfilled his true calling when he became Grandpa Ron to Travis, Nick, Lexi, Annie and Andrew and his step-grandchildren, Zachary and Jordan. His presence at every sporting event was the most obvious view of his dedication to his grandchildren. This was only the beginning of his love and support of his family. He was carpool driver, confidant and best friend.
Ron was a longtime member of St. Mary’s Parish and Past President of AGC Associated General Contractors.
He is survived by his loving wife, children, grandchildren, sisters and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his Uncle Truman Clark and Aunt Sibyl Chaudoin in Kentucky, his father’s birthplace.
A Rosary Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, July 14, 2012 and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM, both at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Spokane Valley, WA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nazareth Guild, PO Box 1453, Spokane, 99210, www.nazarethguild.org or St. Anne’s Children and Family Center, 25 W. 5th Avenue, Spokane, 99204. Please visit Ron’s on-line memorial at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements entrusted to:
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