Ronald Wayne Jagonik Sr.
Ronald Wayne Jagodnik Sr. passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Sally, his three children, Ronald Jr., Stefani Gosslee and Tifani Erpelding, his seven grandchildren, Breanna Sinclair, Reni and Melbourne Jagodnik, McCoy and Clair Gosslee, Oliver and Aiden Erpelding and a great grandchild, Felix Sinclair.
Ron was born on November 13, 1944 to Joseph and Marge Jagodnik in Trinidad, Colorado. Eventually the family moved to Anaheim, California and then to Colton, Oregon in 1958 where he graduated from Colton High School, class of 1962. He spent a year at Oregon State University before finding his real calling, the United States Marine Corp. In July 1963, Ron joined the Marines, earned accommodations right out of Boot Camp, toured Vietnam from 1967-68 stationed in Da Nang and was stationed in Iwakuni, Japan from 1970-72. When he finished his tour in Iwakuni, Ron switched his status to active reserve and served under many commands retiring with the rank of First Sergeant in 1991 after 29 years of service. Once off active duty, Ron moved his family into the home he grew up in in Colton and took a job with Molalla Telephone Company. During the thirty years he worked for Molalla Telephone, he also umpired thousands of baseball and softball (slow and fast pitch, men's and women's) games all over Oregon. After retiring from both the Marine Corps and Molalla Telephone, Ron started working with the VFW. He served as Molalla's VFW Post Commander from 2014-2016. He was active in VFW up until he passed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on a later date due to present circumstances. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, gifts or cards that donations be made to the Molalla Fire Dept.