Ronald Elton Schmale
December 4, 1934 ~ June 24, 2011
Ronald Elton Schmale, 76, of Salem, Oregon, died June 24, 2011, as a result
of complications of surgery, at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in
Ron was born December 4, 1934, in Longview, Washington, to Herbert
and Mabel (Cage) Schmale. While still young, they moved to Gentry, Arkansas,
Wildwood, Georgia, and then to Madison, Tennessee. He went to Madison
Academy and College, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology in 1960. He was
an excellent student and was listed in Who's Who of America twice
throughout his college days.
On June 9, 1960, he and June Davidson were married. With
June being a registered nurse, they lived and worked at Madison
Hospital for many years. They had four daughters. The family
moved several times, living in Yakima, Washington, Soap Lake,
Washington, Portland, Oregon, College Place, Washington, and
Brewster, Washington. After their divorce, he moved back to
College Place where he met and married Shirley on May 15, 1983.
He worked at Providence St. Mary Medical Center for 20 years
until his retirement in 2002.
Ron enjoyed camping with his family. One memorable camping
trip was to Colorado Springs, Colorado, for a family reunion. He
also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Shirley, touring across Europe
in 1990. Other interests included riding dirt bikes, spelunking, and
fishing with his daughters, backpacking, bicycling; and he loved
caring for birds. His passion was playing the trumpet, and he was in
two trumpet ensembles for many years. He suffered a heart attack in
2003 and battled cancer for eight years.
Ron is survived by his wife, Shirley P. Schmale of Salem, Oregon;
daughters: Rhonda Randall of Hermiston, Oregon; Donna Michel of
Caldwell, Idaho; Tamara Partney of Pendleton, Oregon; and Sandra
Hendrickson of Echo, Oregon; step-daughters: Gwendolyn Hessong
of Tigard, Oregon; Carolyn Boss of Rolesville, North Carolina; and
Jacquelyn Carman of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; sixteen grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
parents; an infant brother and a step-grandson.
The graveside service will be 11:00 am, Friday, July 1, 2011,
at Mount Hope Cemetery, College Place, Washington. Pastor
Henning Guldhammer of the Walla Walla University Church will
officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to ADRA (Adventist
Development Relief Agency) through Mountain View-Colonial
DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
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