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Lt. Col. Ronald Murdock USAF Retd.


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Lt. Col. Ronald Murdock USAF Retd. Obituary

Ronald Murdock, Lt. Col. USAF Retd. passed away in his home, on April 1, 2017, after a year long battle with Multiple Myeloma. He was born August 19, 1940 in San Jose, CA. He is preceded by his parents Robert and Alice Murdock. Ronald is survived by his wife Jo Anne Hudson Murdock, sons Guy Murdock, Andy Murdock, daughter-in-law Holly Karmanocky and his beloved granddaughters Mia and Taylor Murdock. He is also survived by three brothers, Bruce, John and Frank, sister Sara and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins.

Ron served twenty five years in the US Air Force in a career that included twelve years in B-52's as a radar navigator, a tour at the National Security Agency, a tour at Offutt AFB Looking Glass Airborne Control Systems as a squadron intelligence commander, and as DOX for the U2 and SR71 at Beale AFB. He had over 350 bombing missions over Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and over 20 Air Medals. His was truly a stellar career.

After his military retirement Ron became a substitute teacher in the Yuba Sutter area and will be remembered fondly by many of his former students, especially those who attended Lincoln and Lincrest schools where he was the "go to" sub for many years. He also served as a member of the Sutter County Grand Jury.

Ron was active in amateur radio in the local area and taught ham radio classes for many years, and was a mentor to many of the local "hams". He put this hobby to good use by helping out in local emergencies providing radio communications during flood evacuations and fires. Ron was also an elected official for many years of the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) serving as Sacramento Valley Section Manager.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2017
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