Ronald L. Hershey
Ronald L. Hershey, Vietnam war veteran, world traveler and self-proclaimed "vagabond geezer " unexpectedly passed away on June 29th at the age of 72 at his home in Boise, Idaho.
Ronald's family moved to Boise shortly after he was born in Salt Lake City in 1941. He graduated from Boise High School in 1959 and attended Boise Junior College. Ronald earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism from ISU in 1966 and a Master's degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1975.
Ronald served with the US Navy from 1966 to 1969 as Lieutenant JG. During his time in the Navy he worked as a press and liaison officer with the Commander of the Seventh Fleet staff detachment in Saigon and later as a press and photo officer for the Commandant Thirteenth Naval District.
After Vietnam, Ronald used his expertise of media and marketing in a number of state, federal and private institutions in Seattle, Oklahoma City, Nashville and the Bay Area. No matter where his adventures took him and his family they always returned home to Boise.
Ronald had a diverse array of interests including skiing, playing the banjo and guitar, literature, and studying languages. He was a skilled writer and greatly appreciated the works of American novelists like Ernest Hemingway. He loved music, especially Bluegrass, Bossa Nova and American standards. During his later years he became interested in coffee production and learning Spanish - a pursuit that took him several times to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala.
Ronald married Marsha Anderson in 1969 and they had three children together. They would later divorce. Ronald is survived by all of his children; Jeff of Boise, Pamela (Arun Krishnan) who live in Amman, Jordan, and Bradley (Alyssa) of Ketchum. Ronald is also survived by his sister Susan Bobek (Steven) of Boise, and their children Christina Bobek Ford (Robert) of Boise and Patricia Bobek who lives in Reno. Ronald is also survived by his granddaughter, Declynn, of Boise.
After his death, his family found a card in his wallet. On the card, he had written a song lyric by Joan Whitney & Alex Kramer: "Those faraway places with strange soundin' names are callin', callin' me..." And indeed, if you go to Lago Atitlan, Guatemala or the city of Buenos Aires you can be sure that Ronald will be gazing upon you with an approving smile.
Arrangements are under the direction of Cloverdale Funeral Home in Boise. Services will be held Wednesday, July 16 at 11:00 am at Cloverdale.
Cloverdale Funeral Home
1200 North Cloverdale Road Boise, ID 83713
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 13, 2014