Ron Lockyer passed peacefully on April 24, 2013, at 9:00 pm. of natural causes. He was born April 26, 1921, in Salt Lake City, Utah.|
Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Ann Lockyer; daughter, Rhonda Lee Lockyer; and son, Ronald George Lockyer Jr. He is survived by his children, Joseph Lockyer, William Lockyer, Gary Lockyer, Peggy Bess, and Mark Lockyer; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He married his one and only love on October 12, 1940, married 69 years.
Ron was currently the oldest living electrician in the IBEW local 354. Some high points in his career were designing and installing the Deer Creek power generation station and others that were needed during WWII. These jobs were considered critical for the nation at the time and kept him home from the war. He ran a crew of 90 men building the Metropolitan Hall of Justice in Salt Lake City. This is only a blink of an eye of what he accomplished in his career. An accomplished man in owning real estate, he held a real estate license from a local college for his own dealings.
Retiring in his 50's as a union electrician, he changed paths a little. Along with his wife they owned an appliance store in Ramona where he did refrigeration work. He did repair work for many Ramona businesses including egg ranches, Dudley's Bakery, and outside of town, Ecke Poinsettia farm, Mr. A's restaurant, Gold's Gym and so many more, he was truly a master in his field of electricity.
Ron built many buildings himself in his lifetime for his own use from Laundromats to personal homes, a retail strip mall and many other buildings. His last project, at 82 years young, was building a 2500 sq. ft. industrial building with his son.
His passion in life was playing the organ and restoring/repairing antique radios along with anything else that posed a real mental challenge. He always liked a good time with family and friends, always with his distinct laugh.
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2013, at 1:00 pm, viewing at 12:15 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 527 9th St., Ramona. Final interment will be in the Salt Lake City, Utah, City Cemetery.
Our father will be missed immensely by family and friends. As his grandson Gary put it, "This man has never spoken an ill or profane word in his life," we could all learn from him.
Bonham Bros & Stewart Mortuary and Cremation Service is assisting the family.
Published in the Ramona Sentinel on May 2, 2013