Went gently and calmly to his lord Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home in Roseburg, OR, after a day spent amidst the love and comfort of numerous children and grandchildren. He was born on July 28, 1936, in Mt Vernon, WA, to Lydia (Goode) and Robert Earl Hartley. Ron’s early years were spent on a small farm on Camano Island, WA, where he enjoyed the freedom of being a country kid in the 1940s, working, playing, hunting and fishing with his brothers in the surrounding woods and helping in caring for his younger siblings.
Ron joined the army as soon as he could, following the death of his older brother in Korea, and was a medic in Korea until the end of the war. Upon his return he married Donna Carnes of Marysville, WA, and moved to Oregon where they were blessed with six children.
Ron and Donna later divorced and Ron moved for some years, working in California, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. He often said that he was “a tramp mechanic”. He also worked in construction/carpentry; he was sort of a jack of all trades but a master of none. He did master at least one, however. Ron helped and comforted people wherever he lived.
Ron returned to Oregon in 1983 and spent the rest of his life enjoying, counseling, and loving his many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved to be hunting, hiking, fishing, laughing with them and thoroughly enjoyed all time with them. Many of them were there for him on his last day and he gloried in that.
Ron’s family feels that his legacy is a legacy of love, where love and forgiveness prevailed.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Shan Ron Hartley; brothers: Gale, Rick; and Jerry; sisters: Roberta Metz; and Lona Jay. He is survived by his children: Ronda Kelly of Glide, OR; Shemi (Michael) Fleig of Grand Junction, CO; Troy and Reed (Laura) Hartley of Roseburg, OR; and Gayla (Mike) Whitehead of Roseburg, OR. Ron was affectionately known as “Pappy” to his grandchildren: Heather; Josiah; Nicolette; Amelia; Merrinda; Daniel; Shane; Danielle; Maegan; Spencer; Braydin; Alexander; Ryan; Derick; and Justis; great-grandchildren: David; Logan; Alyssia; Madeline; Isaiah; Brayden; Gavin; Corbin; Everett and two more on the way; sisters: Marydel Hamilton of Mt Vernon, WA; Elsie Stone; and Lynda Feenstra of Bellingham, WA. A celebration of life will be held at Lone Pine campground pavilion, Saturday June 1, 2013 from 1-3 p.m. Lone Pine is 5 miles up Rock Creek road off hwy 138 east of Glide OR.