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09/17/1931 — 05/19/2022
From Pasco, WA
Richland, WA US 99352
After 90 years of a well lived and productive life, Ronald Hjaltalin, 90, died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes with his family nearby.
Ron was the youngest of four children, born to Sig and Wilma Hjaltalin. He always had fond memories of growing up in Bellingham, WA.
In November 1951, Ron married Joan Lockhart and they recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. They started their married life in Ventura, CA, where Ron served in the United States Navy.
Ron studied Engineering at Western Washington University and went on to have a long career in asphalt paving and road construction.
Ron and Jo eventually made their home in Pasco, WA. Ron and Jo are parents to three children, John Hjaltalin, Polly (Luis) Frisby, and Karen (Craig) Walton. They are the proud grandparents to Sam Palmer, Tyler Hjaltalin, Eric Hjaltalin, Kelci Frisby, Samantha Walton, and Camden Frisby.
Ron was a hardworking and dedicated road construction manager and entrepreneur. He never really retired, he continued managing properties and building relationships until the end.
Ron enjoyed patriotic music, Louis L’Amour paperbacks, and restoring old cars. Ron loved his country and his family. He had a quiet, but sincere faith in God, prayer, and the assurance of eternal life through his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A man of few words, Dad would leave us all with this advice: “keep it under 100”, and “on to the next”.
Ron is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jo, his children and grandchildren.
I’m so very sorry for your loss. 🙏
I’m so sorry to hear about Ron’s passing. Lots of great memories come flowing back. Reading Louis L’Amour books at the lake the few times he wasn’t working. And there was always some car highlight going on. A life well lived
So very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. Our thought’s and prayers are with you and your family.
When ever I saw Ron it was usually around cars. He was always so friendly and had a big smile. When he asked you questions he would really listen to your answers. I always looked forward to running into him when I would stop in to see how Indy car construction was preceding.
At McKinney girl’s graduations, weddings and other gatherings it was always a pleasure to visit with Ron and Jo. I had a special place in my heart for them as a couple as every time I saw them their love and caring for each other shined through no matter how many people were around.
Wishing Jo, the children and especially the grandchildren strength through this sad time with a gentle reminder to always think about all the good memories that you shared with (Husband, Dad, Grandpa.)