10/31/2017 10:50:00 AM Ronald L. Ethridge October 19, 1936 - October 14, 2017
Ron Ethridge, 80, was born October 19, 1936 in Taylorville, IIl. Ron passed away from complications of Parkinson's Disease October 14, 2017 at the Veterans Hospital in Reno, Nevada.
Ron graduated from Taylorville High School in 1955. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy 1956, and in the following year, was promoted into the Underwater Demolition Team, Frogman in Coronado, Calif.
After leaving the Navy, he worked as an ordinance manager in the Pacific Missile Range on Kwajalein Atoll, a part of the Marshall Islands. Then, in July 1963, he went to Eniwetok Atoll as a recovery diver. Next in 1964 on Johnston Island he worked as a construction diving foreman. For the next two years, he returned to Eniwetok and worked as a recovery diver. After an extended trip to Australia he came back to Seal Beach, Calif. with his many seashells and his island dog, Wooly Bugers. In 1968, he married Judy Rice.
From 1970-1992, Ron was employed by First Interstate Bank (formerly known as First National Bank of NV) as the Human Resources Manager for its data processing affiliate, servicing banks in Nevada, Idaho and Utah. After retiring from the bank, he returned to work in 1997 as the Project Manager for the Y2K project at Pioneer Citizens Bank, retiring for a second time in 2000.
Ron loved Nevada and the opportunities it provided for camping, fishing, and hiking. He also enjoyed hydroponic gardening, traveling and woodworking, especially building blue bird houses. He was active in Washoe County School District's Partners in Education program. In 1992, Ron donated his large sea-shell collection to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
He is preceded in death by his mother Hollis Ethridge. He leaves behind his wife Judy, sister Sarah Ethridge, cousin Marilyn Liming, nephews James Rice and Mike (Julie) Rice, and nieces Marlene (Randy) Dodd, Jennifer (Chad) Schabot. His smile, kindness and strength will be missed by his family and the many friends he made throughout his life.
A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.