Ronald E. LaFollette
Ronald E. LaFollette of Hubbard died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on May 3, 2018. He was 85.
Ron was born on Sept. 30, 1932 in Hillsboro and graduated from Vernonia High school. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years, Jan LaFollette, who passed six months earlier on Nov. 6, 2017.
Ron served in Marines during the infamous Battle of Chosin Reservoir, a brutal 17-day battle from Nov. 27 to Dec. 13, 1950, that served as a crucial turning point in the Korean War.
After the war, he returned to Oregon and started a career as a manager with Columbia Steel in Portland.
Ron was civic-minded in nature and constantly gave back to his community, serving as mayor of Hubbard. He also taught history at Chemeketa Community College in Salem.
He is survived by his son Ryan LaFollette of California; three stepsons and their wives, Dean and Traci Sprecher of Wilsonville; Jeff and Darlene Sprecher of Woodburn; Brett and Jan Bell of Beavercreek; stepdaughter and son-in-law Leigh Anne and Aaron Cobb of Hubbard, and 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A full military service in Ron's honor will be held on July 20, 2018 at 3 p.m. at Willamette National Cemetery, 11801 S.E. Mt. Scott Blvd., Portland. A reception and celebration of life will follow the service at Stanley's Corner, 19905 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., in Gladstone.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Red Cross or any local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.