JACKSON—Ronald Albert Jackson, 57, of Astoria, Ore., passed away Jan. 13, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born July 20, 1955, at McAuley Hospital in Coos Bay to Bob and Peggy Jackson. The family lived in a logging camp in Scottsburg, later moving to Westlake. He graduated from Siuslaw High School in 1973.
Ron worked many jobs, for a short time at a dairy up the North Fork of the Siuslaw, then Murphy Mill in Cushman and U.S. Plywood in Mapleton. He even spent a short time sandblasting the bottoms of barges for Umpqua River Navigation Co. in Reedsport. He ran a route delivering milk products, had a window cleaning business, and more.
Always he loved music, playing the piano starting at 5 years of age. In high school he played sax in the band and the piano at many events, even playing honky-tonk piano and organ at a restaurant in Glenada. He played at Rhododendron Pageants and, at one Rhody Festival parade he rode on the Astoria Clowns’ float, playing a pipe organ while wearing a clown’s suit and a big red nose. He played the grand piano at the Windward Inn for years. He also played at the Steak and Noodle (the Bridgewater) in the Kyle building and at many weddings and other services.
For several years he traveled on private buses with various rock bands, traveling across the United States, from Juneau, Alaska, to Key West, Fla. His true passion was teaching piano, which he did throughout his life.
For the past three years Ron owned and operated DTE Drill Corp., based in Astoria and drilling throughout five Northwest states.
On April 28, 1990, Ron married Janeen Williams. They moved to Denver, Colo., where he was pastor of music at a church for eight years. The church at one time sent him on a mission to Australia. He also provided a limousine service at the Denver airport.
Ron will be remembered for his music, his puns, his sense of humor and the love that he projected throughout his entire life. He will always be with us.
Ron is survived by his wife Janeen; two daughters Anna Williams Gomez and Vanessa Williams Lehnerz and husband Paul, and their daughters Isabella and Moira, all of Carlsbad, Calif. He is also survived by parents Bob and Peggy Jackson of Florence; brother Rob Jackson and wife Patty of Florence; sister Sandi Heitz and husband Joe of Eugene; and many nieces and nephews.
Many thanks to Dr. Sheppard and his Blue Team, the caring nurses and hospital staff of OHSU, and the many wonderful friends and supportive family who all have helped during this very difficult time.
Contributions to help cover medical expenses can be made to the Ron Jackson Memorial Fund, c/o Robert Jackson, Siuslaw Bank, 777 Highway 101, P.O. Box 280, Florence, OR 97439.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home. Ron’s ashes will be scattered at a Carlsbad, Calif., beach at a later date.
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