Ron Ray Bem
Ron Ray Bem, 72, of Yoder, OR passed away Sunday, February 2, 2020 after emergency surgery.
He was born on November 6, 1947 to Jim and Wanda Bem in National City, CA. Following in his father's footsteps, he began milking cows at age 15 and dropped out of high school his senior year to milk cows full time.
He married Nellie deRaadt in 1975 and in 1978 they moved to Oregon where they bought the dairy they've owned for 41 years. He still got up at 5am every morning to milk cows.
He enjoyed watching his herd improve and for the last few years included some red and white Holsteins in addition the black and white. During the summer he spent long hours in his vegetable garden and enjoyed his koi pond.
Ron is survived by his wife; sons Jim and David (Amy); daughter Katie (Matt); and seven grandchildren.
A service will be held Monday, February 10, 2020 at noon at South Clackamas Community Church.