Our hero and father, Ronald J. Bouffine Sr. passed away surrounded by his children January 7, 2014 after a courageous battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Ron was born August 4, 1944 in New Orleans, LA to Joseph and Ruby (Hebert) Bouffine. The United States Navy brought him to the Northwest where he was stationed at NAS Whidbey. After discharging from the Navy, he worked several jobs then became a cashier/produce manager at Albertsons at the Mount Vernon Mall. He later became a Security Officer at Swinomish Casino, then Skagit Casino for 15 years until his retirement due to health reasons in 2011. In all of his jobs he made many special friends that have lasted a lifetime and will continue in memories. He cherished his friends, and kept all of them close to heart.
He was a Cajun through and through and loved his spicy food. He was a New Orleans Saints fan but was warming up to the Seattle Seahawks especially QB Russell Wilson. Of course when the Saints played the Seahawks he did have to cheer for his Saints.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Joseph, twin daughters, Angela & Alice, brother Jimmey Bouffine, and numerous other relatives and friends.
He is survived by his daughter Tami (Dan) Cooper, son Jason (Jen) Bouffine, daughter Bernadette Achee, son Ronald (Melissa) Bouffine and grandchildren Emily Bouffine and Brianna & Joseph Achee, brother Bobby (Stephanie) Bouffine, aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.
We will miss you dad, we will see you again one day.
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Northwest, especially our great nurse Jessie, all the special friends including but not limited to Al & Dee Golliver and family, John Howe & James & Trinna Knudson who were there for dad and us during this time.
We will be having a celebration of life for Ron at Skagit Casino on January 26, 2014 from Noon to 4pm.
Ron loved animals and was a veteran so any donations to a charity can be made to an organization that helps the animals and/or veterans.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Jan. 9, 2014