As a boy on the farm Ron was a hard worker, milking the cows, haying, and other chores. He was a 4-H member and would show his hereford steers at the county fair each year. His hobby was woodworking and he liked to make models from wood, carving boats and making sailing ships, complete with sails. His room as a youngster was filled with his model trains and planes as well.
After college, Ronald worked for Boeing in Seattle for a few years and then moved to southern California to work for Nortronics, a division of Northrup Corp. as an electrical engineer. He worked there until retirement, at which time he moved back to his childhood home at Birkenfeld, Oregon to be with his mother, Helen. Several years later Ron moved to Golden Sands assisted living center in Ocean Park, Washington.
Ron was an avid reader, especially of history and science, collecting many books throughout his life. He also enjoyed bird watching, becoming an expert in ornithology and traveled on bird watching excursions with groups, even after moving to Golden Sands. He had many bird feeding stations at the farm and hundreds of birds of many kinds could be seen feeding in the yard.
Ronald passed away May 29, 2017 at the Community Hospice Center in Longview, WA. He is survived by his sister, Kate Larsen and brother-in-law Steve Hegel of Lacey, WA; brother-in-law Pat Manning of Ocean Park, WA; nieces Mary Lathrop and Elisa Yoder; nephews North Larsen and Matthew Manning; and four great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Francis and Helen Nordstrom, his sister Mary Ann Manning, and niece Yvonne Bell.
Family and friends are invited to a remembrance at the Penninsula Senior Center at 21603 'O' Lane, Ocean Park, Washington at 12 - 3 pm on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
Burial will be at the Fishhawk Cemetery, Birkenfeld, Oregon at a date to be determined.