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Ronald Stanley Lynch
07/17/1926 — 01/30/2024
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Richland, WA 99352
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Richland, WA 99352
Ronald Stanley Lynch
Ronald Stanley Lynch passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2024, peacefully at his home surrounded by loved ones. Ron was an outstanding role model as a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather. He was also loved by many friends and acquaintances.
“Ronnie Boy” was born in Naperville, IL on July 17, 1926, to Josephine and Stanley Lynch. He graduated from Downers Grove High School where he was quarterback for his high school football team and led them to a Championship. He also played baseball and basketball where he scored the winning basket in the championship game. As a child growing up in Downers Grove, IL, he attended baseball games at Wrigley Field and became a life-long “lovable loser” of the Chicago Cubs. His prayers were answered when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. As everyone knows he was an avid sports enthusiast.
He was drafted into the Navy January 8,1945, and was trained as a radioman for submarine duty. Two days before shipping out to assist in the invasion of Japan, his orders were canceled due to Japan’s surrender after the dropping of the two atomic bombs. (Perhaps this is the reason he was such an avid Richland Bomber fan.) He was honorably discharged July 24,1946.
He married Marjorie Gibson in 1946 and they had five children. They divorced in 1977. They moved to Tri-Cities in 1951 where he began employment as a Patrolman on the Hanford Project. According to one of his former employees he handed out a lot of tickets as a patrolman. Could that be why they later transferred him to the powerhouse as a power operator? He retired as a Powerhouse Supervisor in 1989.
He was a referee and umpire for Football, Basketball and Baseball throughout the greater Columbia Basin.
In 1985 he met his wife Kathleen Lynch at a jazz dance, and they were married for over 30 years. Together they attended many jazz festivals across the country and hosted jazz bands and dances at the Pasco Eagles where he was a member and treasurer.
He could always be seen at all Richland Bomber sporting events. He was a season ticket holder of the Dust Devils since their first season, as far back as when they were the Tri-City Braves. However, he always gave priority to attending his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s games.
Ronald is survived by his children, Ronna Jo Lynch, Mickey (George) Rose, Kerry (Jackie) Lynch, Dennis (Jill) Lynch and Kelly McClendon, 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson and 2 great-greats in the oven.
Ronald is preceded in death by his wife Kathleen, parents Stanley & Josephine Lynch, sisters and their husbands, Alta & Ed Sell and Beverly & Ed Knickerbocker.
We would like to give a special thank you to Stephen Wendt of Atomic Home Healthcare and his nurse Adriana Eckroth; The Veterans Administration and their CNA’s, Jesse Gonzalez, Raquel Rodriguez and Danielle Horntvedt; Heartlinks Hospice, Lisa, Craig and Amy. They provided quality care and developed special relationships with our Dad.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Ron’s name to:
Richland Bomber Athletics – c/o Adrian Ochoa, 930 Long Avenue, Richland, WA 99352 — Heartlinks Hospice, 204 W. 2nd Street, Grandview, WA 98930.
Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service at Einan’s Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA on February 17, 2024. Viewing 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Service 10:00-11:00 a.m. with Military Honors.
To honor our Father, please wear sports attire, no black.
“He was a great fan and a great man” – Ben Jacobs.
Ron was one of the sweetest and most kind souls I have ever met. He always knew how to make everyone around him smile with his amazing sense of humor. The love that he had for his family was heartwarming and he lived such a long beautiful life because of the love they have for him. It was such an honor to be his nurse and to be by his side until the end. I will cherish our memories forever.
It has come time to say our good byes, such a gentle man is whom I was able to know these past few years. While you memory was failing you, you still remembered to let us all know that no one was the boss of you! And oh that charming smile when you said it. You found pleasure in meeting each of us for the upteenth first time with a welcoming smile. That smile will be greatly missed and I will remeber you always and fondly. May you rest in peace, and may your family find peace in knowing you have rejoined loved ones long since missed. Love you all may all your memories quiet your broken hearts.
Ron was an amazing man his kindness and humble heart what I will always cherish. Ron always was so kind thank you for allowing me to care for you and being able to meet an amazing person like you. Always looked forward to spending my Thursday and Friday with you. Have so many wonderful memories of you
What a sweetheart of a man. Went to many Bomber, Football,Basketball Basball games with Ron.
We also went to Prosser Musang football games,CBC Basketball games Dust Devil Games. Yakima
High Schools games. You will be missed my friend!!
I have lived and admired Ron since he became my father-in-law in 1972! I also worked in the same facilities as Ron at Hanford. Whenever the Union workers got a negotiated raise he would come find me and say “we got you another raise!” I was a secretary and later a technician and always non union. Ron always had a smile on his face and was one of the kindest people I have ever known.
So sorry for your loss. He was the ever present sports fan at Richland High. He lived a good long life with all his family helping him attend games up until his last month.
I’ve known Ron when he came to my old job at Perfection Tire. He loved his car and talked about baseball while he was there. I am forever greatful for knowing Ron. My prayers to the family and especially Kelly. Who became a great friend and I am very proud that I was able to have known Ron and Kelly.
My sincerest condolences with the loss of your father.
Many memories of our basketball officiating conversations.
A classy guy.
So sorry for your loss, Dennis.
I coached Baseball at Richland High School and had many a great conversation with Ron throughout his years as a Bomber Baseball Fan…He had a fantastic loyal group of friends who always set up their chairs right next to our dugout so they could be close to the action …He was an amazing fan and friend of the game and the Bombers and his attendance and support was always greatly appreciated. He really set a great example of how to be a positive fan and supporter of all area athletics…I will miss him.