Ronald J Sponseller

05/13/1931 — 08/13/2020

From Richland, WA | Born in Salem, OH

Ronald J Sponseller

Ronald J. Sponseller of Richland, WA passed away early morning peacefully in his home on August 13, 2020. Ron is survived by his brother Vernon Sponseller (Barbara), children; daughter Karen Dolan (Tom), daughter Lynn Westerman (Tom), grandchildren; Venus Stevens, Marcus Dolan, Brett Westerman, and Blair Westerman.

Ron was born in Salem, Ohio May 13, 1931 to Oliver and Grace Sponseller. He graduated from Colorado College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, where he met his wife Nancy. After graduating he attended Navel Officer’s Candidate School. Throughout his career he worked for Westinghouse as a manager of property management, retiring in 1994 from Westinghouse Hanford.

Ron had a lifelong passion for volunteer activities in his community. He greatly enjoyed participating in the Richland Masonic Lodge #283, Kennewick Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, El Katif Shriners, Columbia Basin Shrine Club, and the Military Officers Association of America. He also volunteered in the Westgate Elementary Homework Helpers and activities at First Presbyterian Church in Kennewick. In his later years he took on the challenge of learning to play the piano. He also enjoyed golfing, reading, skiing, and gardening.

Family will be celebrating Ron’s life at a private graveside service. Persons interested in honoring Ron’s life may contribute to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 911 W 5th Ave, Spokane WA, 99204.

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  • Working with Ron at Westinghouse was a pleasure. He was a fine man and a true gentleman. Also, long after retirement we got to visit often at the CBC gym.

    Bill Moffitt
    August 25, 2020
    Richland
  • My deepest condolences to the family at the passing of Ron. My father, Gerald R (Dick) Hewett, had a special relationship with Ron. Several years ago he provided CPR to Ron on the golf course at Tri-City Country Club. They remained friends the rest of their lives. I had the distinct privilege of meeting Ron for the first time at my Dad’s memorial service in April, 2019. I treasure having met such a wonderful person and the recollection of a dear friendship. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Paul Hewett
    August 24, 2020
    Burien, Washington
  • I share your grief at this time of loosing Ron. I worked for Ron for over a decade at Westinghouse Hanford. He was one of the finest bosses I had in all my working years. He was as fair and honest with his employees as any man could be. I wish we would have had more opportunities to share time after our retirement. Our occasional meetings at First Presbyterian were so very enjoyable. I wish there would have been more of those meetings.

    Mel Fisk
    August 21, 2020
    West Richland
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