Ronald Curtis Barrett
Ronald Curtis Barrett went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 6 at the age of 72.
He was born September 8, 1941 in Florida. He met his wife of 50 years, Patricia Zander Barrett while playing saxophone in the Gator band at the University of Florida. After graduating third in his class and receiving a degree in Engineering Magna Cum Laude, Ronald Barrett worked at Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey and Naperville, Illinois.
In 1972, he received his doctorate degree in Engineering from Northwestern University. He moved to California and began working for Hughes Aircraft as a systems engineer. In later years, he transferred to Direct TV where he worked until his retirement.
He was very active for over 30 years in the audio technical crew at Rolling Hills Covenant Church and was one of the key planners of their sound system. He loved the outdoors. His family has many fond memories of hiking, camping and sailing. After his retirement, he enjoyed working on his garage model railroad. He still had the Lionel train he received as a boy, and that sparked a lifelong interest in model railroading.
He was a good man who loved, cared for, and led his family with a quiet strength, always striving to do the right thing. He had a great rapport with his friends and fellow workers and was an important part of many lives. In all of his endeavors, Ron was well respected by his peers for his integrity, his keen intelligence, his good common sense and his sense of humor.
In the midst of sorrow, we are comforted by the hope we share knowing that as a follower of Jesus Christ, he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior with a new body free from all that ailed him. He is survived by his wife Patricia, two daughters Debra and Teresa, 4 grandchildren, and two sisters, Joy and Carolee.
A memorial service will be held in the North Chapel of Rolling Hills Covenant Church, 2222 Palos Verdes Drive North, on Friday, June 11 at 10:00 AM. The family requests that, In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Michael J. Fox Fund for Parkinson's Research, www.michaeljfox.org. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on July 9, 2014