Ronald (Ron) Matthew Dippold of Juneau passed away due to cancer complications in his home on Monday, January 17th, 2014. He was 78.
Ron led a full and varied life and touched many people through his volunteer and humanitarian work. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Elisabeth. He also leaves behind his pride and joys, son Ronald and daughter Katharine, as well as his sister Marge Hens and sister-in-law Audrey Dippold. Additionally, Ron took great joy in numerous nieces and nephews.
He was born in Cheektowaga, NY, on August 20, 1935 and attended the Syracuse School of Forestry, and served as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S .Navy before joining the U.S .Forest Service. He was fortunate to spend most of his career in his beloved Alaska where he was truly a pioneer. One of his greatest passions was skiing, and he made many contributions to the founding of Eaglecrest and was an active participant in the Juneau Ski Patrol for 52 years. Ron served as the Southeast Regional Director for the Alaska Division of the Red Cross and was an active member in many capacities for 50 years and held every Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor Trainer certification available.
When Ron wasn't in Alaska kayaking, biking or skiing he enjoyed travelling with his wife and family. He will be much missed by his family, neighbors and friends. A memorial service and internment ceremony was held at the Shrine of St. Theresa on February 22nd; a celebration of life will be held in the late spring, when ski season is over. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Hospice & Home Care of Juneau.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Feb. 21, 2014