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Ronald Verne Busey

Ronald Verne Busey, 89, of Grants Pass, Oregon, passed away on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. A native Oregonian, he was born in Salem on August 31, 1930, to Reginald and Viola Busey. His younger brother, Robert, was later born in 1932. Ronald graduated Salem Senior High School in 1948. He then went to work for the Oregon Department of Transportation. In 1950, he took a leave of absence from ODOT to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served three years in the Pacific, stationed in Japan. He was a radio operator division chief. After his time serving, he went back to work for ODOT State Highway Division building roads throughout the state. He retired in 1993 as Project Manager in the Central Point office. On Febuary 23, 1962 he married Dorothy Anne Matthews. They had two children. His hobbies included woodworking, hiking, photography, and winemaking. He also enjoyed working with the Boy Scouts of America for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dorothy, who passed October 17, 2014. He is survived by his son, Brad Busey, of Salem, Oregon; daughter Ronda Busey of Grants Pass, Oregon; as well as four grandchildren, and three greatgrandchildren. A service will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at 1 p.m., at Stephens Family Chapel, 1629 Williams Hwy., Grants Pass, OR 97527. Ronald is forever loved and missed.

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Ron was my stepfather and he was a kind, generous, thoughtful man. He made beautiful things out of wood for his friends and family, a functioning spinning wheel for my mother, a 3ft tall myrtle wood candle stand, the list goes on. He could fix anything, He deeply loved a cat and tolerated a few chihuahuas. He was excited to find wild flowers on his hikes and took wonderful pictures. He often hiked alone, I remember him telling about a ranger he met out in the woods who hiked with his cat in a back pack, Ron thought this was great, we all did too. In Scouting he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award, not easy to attain. His wines won awards at the Josephine County Fair and if you stayed in the guest bedroom it was like sleeping in a wine cellar with many 5 Gal bottles happily perking away. In this life he gave so much more than he got in return......why he would even walk out in front of the lawnmower into the clover to scare off the bees so he did not kill them!

Roxanne Matthews Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Busey

Roxanne Matthews Oct 13 2019 12:00 AM