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Ronald Lloyd Wynn

November 4, 1928 - March 30 2013

SALEM - Ronald Lloyd Wynn passed away Saturday, March 30, 11 days after his beloved wife of 62 years, Marilyn, died. His children were at his bedside.

Ronald was born near Farmington, New Mexico, the first child of Joe and Bertha Wynn. They lived in Bisti, where Joe ran a Navajo trading post. Ronald graduated from Farmington High School, received his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from New Mexico Highlands University, and his Masters and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Colorado, in Boulder. He was a lifelong learner, curious about the world and eager to engage in conversation.

Ronald and Marilyn were married in 1950; she was his soul mate. Their proudest accomplishment was raising five children, Holly, Marcia, Lisa, Michael and Bryan. They hosted many parties, bridge club games, and countless family events. No matter the occasion there was always much raucous laughing, games of charades, good food, music and merriment. Ron's frequent comment during these times was, "I wonder what the peasants are doing?" as he felt he had the wealth of a king when his family was gathered.

Ronald taught Jr. High and High school vocal music for seven years in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He was a professor of music at the university level for 33 years, including 21 years at Western Oregon University where he was the Chairman of the Creative Arts Department (music, visual arts, theatre and dance) for 11 years, retiring in 1990. Many of his students fondly remember his passion for teaching, his attention to detail, and his high standards. He inspired them to be their very best.

Ronald's love of music and theatre included wide experience as an actor, singer and musical conductor. He performed in over 40 productions, including 10 productions for the St. Louis Municipal Opera in 1950. He was a bass soloist in recitals, cantatas and oratorios and a conductor for over 60 productions. He appeared in 27 dramatic productions including four major Shakespeare roles. Ronald was in 8 productions at Pentacle Theatre in Salem. He never lost his love for performance.

Ronald was a deeply spiritual man, a life-long Episcopalian. At the age of 71, he felt called to the deaconate and was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 2003. He served as deacon at St. Hilda's in Monmouth, was on the St. Anselm's Board of Directors in Corvallis for 8 years, and was chaplain for Heart of the Valley for over 5 years. He was a respected member of the deaconate community, teaching many deacons to sing the Exsultet, a hymn of praise sung during the Easter Vigil. Deacons throughout the Diocese of Oregon sang it in his honor on March 30th.

Ronald was an avid hobbyist; he obtained his pilot's license in the 1981. He enjoyed traditional bow hunting, fly fishing, trapshooting, fine woodworking, bow making, growing roses, making beer, (root beer for the grandchildren), and discussing theology. His family has fond memories of his sourdough bread and pancakes and the products of his Traeger barbeque.

Ronald's wife, Marilyn, and his daughter, Marcia, predecease him. He is survived by his children, their spouses: Dennis Engblom, Jim Freedman, Marsha Wynn and Karin Wynn; and eleven grandchildren: Dameon, Jaxom, Robyn, Marilyn, Isaac, Ellen, Rocky, Scott, Grant, Anne and Kalie.

Ronald always saw the possibilities in life. He took great joy in learning and was a majestic, loving, inspiring man. He had great humanity and leaves his family and many friends at a loss. His unquenchable love for Marilyn will remain forever in our hearts.

A memorial service for both Ronald and Marilyn will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Salem, Thursday, April 4th at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests remembrances be made to the Ronald and Marilyn Wynn Musical Theatre Scholarship Fund at Western Oregon University, or to St. Hilda's Episcopal Church in Monmouth.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Apr. 2, 2013
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