passed away in Laguna Niguel, California on September 1st, 2013. He was born in Dallas, Texas on June 24, 1954. Ron is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Barbara. Ron and Barbara were married on July 4th, 1976. They recently celebrated the 37th anniversary of their wedding in Avon, Colorado with family. Ron is also survived by his two daughters, Jill and Emily, who were his world. He valued family above everything else. He helped to support and guide his children in every way possible. He is also survived by their beautiful Burmese cat, Yquem. His older daughter, Jill, is married and lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband, Robert Bly, Sr. They have five children Abigail, Anna, Robert Jr., Jerrad, and Ryne. Jill and Rob have four grandchildren, Meghan, Patrick, Isabel, and Leo. His younger daughter, Emily, is married and lives in San Francisco, California with her wife, Marisa Sympson. They have two cats, Vanity and Trouble. His sister Sandra and her husband, Charles "Chuck," Ogle, who he considered a brother, live in Lewisville, Texas. He is also survived by his younger brother Tim, seven nieces and four nephews.
Ron's love for everyone in his life extended into his personal life with friends and co-workers. This included, Greg Faussette, his wife, Felicita, and two daughters, Brianna and Kayla.
Ron received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas
and his Master's degree from the University of Arizona. He studied engineering. He later attended Harvard University
in an MBA program provided by IBM Corporation.
Ron was an accomplished businessman. He worked in almost every area in computer software for IBM, FileNet, and enChoice, as an engineer, as a general manager, as a salesman, as a sales team leader, as a Vice-President, President, and the Director of the Board for these various organizations. He also worked in sales worldwide, leading him to travel extensively, and cover sales for the Asia-Pacific Region. His employment led him and his family to live in Tucson, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Boca Raton, Florida; Tokyo, Japan; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Orange County, California.
Ron was very active in the Lutheran church. He served as a treasurer, a deacon, and various roles serving God. He was involved in scripture reading and Bible classes. He was a philanthropist who enjoyed giving back to the community and also served on Boards of non-profit organizations, sometimes donating to many charities anonymously.
Ron was an outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, especially, Javelina/wild boar and made a wonderful chili. He was an accomplished Advanced Plus Padi Certified Scuba Diver. He logged hundreds of dives in Southeast Asia, Hawaii, Florida, and Australia. He was an avid hiker. Ron hiked up Mt. Fuji with the stamped stick to prove it and with his daughter, Emily and her wife, Marisa, hiked a large part of the Napali Coast in Kauai, Hawaii. Ron loved music and played acoustic and electric guitar. He played on his own, for his wife, with his family (Emily, Charles, Rob, Marisa), and with the FileNet band. His tastes in music were very eclectic. He listened to classical, country, bluegrass, rock, indie rock, and so on. Ron loved food and wine. He was a true connoisseur. He enjoyed all cuisines. He loved to cook with friends. He had a wine cellar that could rival the best restaurants in the world. He enjoyed spicy food and loved any pepper eating challenge. Ron loved movies, especially, 1940's-1950's, science-fiction horror films. He loved all of the monster movies, Vincent Price films, The Thin Man series, The Charlie Chan series, and so on. When living in Orange County, he fell in love with the Arrested Development series.
Ron cherished everyone that he came into contact with. He was engaging, supportive, inspiration, and loving to everyone that came into his life. Ron cherished everyone in his life and would have and did do anything for anyone that he knew.
Ron was the most genuine person you could ever meet. He was loved by so many and was the most down-to-earth person you could ever meet. He spread his love with everyone his knew. Hundreds and hundreds of people will feel his loss; the world lost a man who spread joy and love to everyone. He saved lives, he shared his life, he shared his joy, he shared his passions with those around him. He practiced philanthropy, and he shared the knowledge of God to others. The world has lost a man who was a one-of-a-kind.
Ron will join those who preceded him in heaven, his mother, Margaret, his best friend/brother, Ken, and so many others. The world has experienced a great loss, but heaven has gained a beautiful, amazing man of God.
Services will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church at 11:00AM. Following the memorial service, food will be served at the church. Family and friends can adjourn at the Ercanbrack home following the memorial services. Per Ron's request, there will be a burial at sea, following cremation, his ashes will be scattered in Southern and Northern California waters.
Please send flowers or cards to: Faith Lutheran Church, 34381 Calle Portola, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624- (949) 496-1901