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 Ronald M. Strait

Ronald M. Strait

Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Death 9 Jul 2012 (aged 75)
Pasco, Franklin County, Washington, USA
Burial Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA
Plot Mausoleum
Memorial ID 175486491 · View Source
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On July 9th 2012, our father, brother, grandfather and friend Ronald M. Strait went home.

Ron was born in Boise Idaho November 26th 1936 in Boise, Idaho in a house on Resegue Street. Ron was the first child to Francis A. and Merion G. Strait. Ron's family then moved to the Tri-Cities. So, in the spring during the flood of 1948 as the Columbia River was about to crest, his family crossed the old Green Bridge in a Studebaker pulling a trailer with all of their worldly possessions. Their first house was on Casey St. in Richland. Richland was still building and expanding and Ron was possessed of endless curiosity.

He watched them build the railroad around the bypass and explored the tile yard and road endless miles on his Elgin bike. He loved his bike and he took it everywhere. That bike was his friend. The family later moved to Kennewick and Ron had new areas to explore. The railroad yards, the Layrite concrete works, the Big Y refrigeration plant where he came home stinking of ammonia and the swimming pool in Pasco. He took swimming lessons there and became a lifeguard.

He was fascinated by all things radio and rode his bike to Pasco to watch them build the KORD Radio Towers. In the middle of the night you could hear the radio playing on his crystal set.

Ron graduated from Kennewick High in 1955. He wore his hair long and slicked back, dressed like Elvis, and had a loud car that went fast.

He married on October 31, 1957 and went to Seattle to join the electricians union #46. These two had five (5) children together.

Ron worked as an electrician for IBEW 112 for fifty years. He worked all over the United States on projects from Dams to Nuclear Plants and still he could be found on the tops of surrounding hills building and installing radio antennas and ham repeaters.

In 1966 Ron and his children watched the first hydroplane race on the Columbia River from a friend's house on Canal Drive. The guys were Ham radio operators and starting in 1967 Ron and his many Ham radio operator friends worked on the Water Follies communications. They made sure that communications between the barge, the rescue sled boats and the pits worked for the whole weekend. He worked countless hours to make sure the boat races went off without a glitch. This went on for over twenty years.

Ron was completely entranced with fireworks on the river. He loved going to Columbia Park to watch them with his children and grandchildren.

The other great love of Ron's life was anything electric, from mowers to little do-dads and golf carts to electric cars. When electric cars were first offered to the public he signed up and put up a down payment right away.

Beginning in the late 1980's Ron began going to family reunions in Kansas. Every year in September Ron would travel by car to Kansas, often times with a stopover in Colorado. He loved visiting his family. He loved it even more when some of his family from home could go to the reunions too. Ron traveled to these reunions until his Health last year finally kept him home. However, Ron's heart was definitely there with everyone!

In the last few years his favorite place to hang out and meet family and friends was at JD Diner's in West Richland. Many meals and many good times were enjoyed there.

Ron had special friends in his life that helped and supported him and were very important to him.

Later in life he kept company with his friend and companion Yvonne. As his end approached he was surrounded by family and friends.

Preceding him in death were Ron's parents, Francis A. and Merion G. Strait, his sister Jerry Ann (Shankand) Strait, and his daughter Darleen Bee Strait.

Ron's Celebration of Life service will be held August 11th at Southside United Protestant Church, 517 Jadwin Ave. in Richland at 1:00pm.

Memorial gifts can be made to Southside United Protestant Church's sound board fund. Dad really liked having that sound board as perfect as he could make it for every occasion.

I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one,

I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles while life is done.

I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,

Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.

I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun,

Of happy memories that I leave when life on earth is done.

We will miss you, Dad.
This is K7TGH signing off.






  • Created by: Greg B.
  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 175486491
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald M. Strait (26 Nov 1936–9 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175486491, citing Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Kennewick, Benton County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Greg B. (contributor 49125674) .