Ronald Lewis Teed, Jr. MD
Oct. 7, 1961 - July 6, 2020
Ronald "Ron" Teed, 58, passed away July 6, 2020 at home surrounded by his wife and three children, after battling a rare form of non Hodgkin B-cell lymphoma for a year.
Born Oct. 7, 1961 in Seattle, the second of six children, to Karen Silveira and Ron Teed, Sr. Ron's early years were spent on Bainbridge and Vashon Islands. After his parents' divorce, the family moved to Portland where he attended Harvey Scott Elementary, Benson High School and Madison High School, graduating with honors. He attended the University of Oregon on a full ride football scholarship where he graduated Cum Laude in 1985. He then went on to attend OHSU for medical school and residency in Orthopedic Surgery. It was at the U of O where he met his future wife, Heather Sparby. He and Heather were married in 1986 in Great Falls, Mont. Ron was a proud Navy veteran, having served two tours, the first stationed with the Marines at Twentynine Palms, Calif., from 1991-1993, the second at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sicily from 1997-1999.
Ron accomplished so much during his life – in addition to being an Orthopedic Surgeon, he was a private pilot, a mechanic, a snow skier, a water skier, a scuba diver, a fisherman, an interior decorator and so much more. But his greatest and proudest accomplishments without question, were his three children, Taylor (29), Alexa (26) and Mitchell (23), all of Manhattan, N.Y.
While Ron wasn't much for small talk, he was always interested in deep conversations, thoughtful contemplations and a good hearty, chuckle-inducing joke. And he was always available to help anyone think through their path in life, often giving very useful advice.
Ron was quite a collector, both of things and friends. He considered his many collected friends as family. Friends and family were rewarded with nicknames and he, in turn, had quite a few nicknames given to him over the years by both: Buddy, Bud, Teeder, HammerRon, Wildman, Renaissance Man and Best Dad Ever.
Ron had an amazing ability to immerse himself into learning, not only in medicine, but in whatever happened to strike his fancy. As he endeavored to master many ever-changing subjects, Heather often joked that the house could burn down while he delved into the newest subject of the day because he was so engrossed. For example, after watching Downton Abbey, he researched the English monarchy and provided more details of their historical trials and tribulations. When the heat pump stopped working, he viewed countless YouTube videos and ordered endlessly on Amazon in order to make the repair himself.
Lest anyone think he was overly serious though, we want you to know that there were always plenty of antics played as well: Doing a back flip off the dock at Roche Harbor all because of a bet, shaving his mustache on a whim in a parking lot because his friend said he'd buy him a fancy cooler if he did, and "clotheslining" down the chip aisle, inducing riotous laughter from his young son and friends as they shopped for a father/son "boys" trip.
All these details are incorporated here to give you a small window into what an incredible husband, father, brother and friend Ron was, always while living his life with integrity, purpose and striving to do the right thing.
"Death is just as natural as birth" Ron said. But we all know he was taken way too soon. In his honor we will live our lives with purpose, employing all the lessons he taught us and with everlasting love for one another and our husband and Dad.
Along with his wife and children, Ron is survived by his father; and siblings, Barb (Stephen) Glass, Brooke (Jim) Fredericks, Brenda (Chuck) Veilleux, Brad (Shannon) Teed and Brian (Monica) Teed; and numerous nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and nephews. Ron preferred not to have any formal services. Instead, we ask that you send thoughts, stories and pictures to his family at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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