Ronald Lewis Teed M.D. Jr.
1961 - 2020
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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: rememberingronteed@gmail.com
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Published in The Oregonian from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9, 2020.
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September 3, 2020
So very sorry to hear of Dr. Teed passing away. I did hear the news from neighbor Josh that he was fighting the good fight, but it just seemed way too sudden and definitely way too soon! I gave anesthesia at TCGH and we were very happy to have Ron join our OR/Medical staff and bring his Ortho service to our patients. As a CRNA, I sure enjoyed working with Ron, both professionally and personally. We had him stay at our new house a few times for fun and for the "Hoffman Home Theater" hobby we both got a kick out of.
We shared many long hours in the OR, of course and many tall tales of UofO, Palm Springs, and Italy. We planned an Italy trip in 2000 and Ron had lots of fun advice, as we added a few days in Sicily after a wonderful week near Venice. Lots of stories to share with Patty, Josh & Ron and any others who had "been there"!
Professionally, Ron upped our caseload and really helped our County Hospital meet the local needs. He was a strong supporter when we CRNA's needed a voice. Ron made such a positive impression that I'd ask about him whenever I had the chance to talk with former co-workers, as our time was disrupted by anesthesia service changes that led to moving off to Portland to continue my career.
When Josh moved to my little hometown area a few years ago, I could brag of retirement and we could share stories of how Ron was doing, then the shocking news of illness, and finally of a very untimely death. I so appreciate the well-written obit and I share my condolences for you & your family as one who was fortunate to work and to play with Dr. Ron Teed. Sincerely, Ken H
Ken Hoffman CRNA ret.
Coworker
August 14, 2020
The fall of a good man, I can only view it as God was ready for him to come home. Ron I thank you for being there for me when my son fell hard at the officers pool years ago, in Twentynine Palms Ca. You ordered a military helicopter to land on the Base Commander lawn and you accompanied him to Palm Springs hospital. You made sure that no payment was needed by me. We will miss you my friend! RIH see you again one day.
Parrish nixon
Friend
August 12, 2020
Doctor Teed saved my life more than once and became not only my Doctor but over the years my friend. We shared the love and gift of music and playing guitar. Years ago he told me about the family's music night and how happy it made him. I often contributed suggestions to him for what kind of guitar to buy his Son who I believe he said lived in N.Y. I said you wouldn't buy a cheap instrument to operate on someone, so why not we find a quality insturment for the right price for you Son. This was just a short time ago and I am sorry it never happened sooner. I wanted to return just a small portion of his kindness he always shared with me. I was always treated so well by everyone in his office and I wish I could have been there for him. He never mentioned or complained of being ill. He was a great man and will truly be missed. Thank you and God Bless you Dr. Teed. Your friend Jack. Cornelius, Or.
Jack
Friend
August 11, 2020
My step father was Fred Dale Teed, from Portland. He had one brother, Rex Teed. I am sorry for your loss, but if we are related, the Teed family is a very kind, intelligent, and giving family. I have two brothers, Mike Teed, and Fred Teed. Again I am sorry for your loss, Kathy Teed Thompson
Kathy Teed Thompson
August 10, 2020
Larger than life, with a heart to match. You are missed Big Guy! Heather, I have some stories and pictures that I will share from Dr Teed’s Tillamook OR days. Hugs to you and the kids.

Kelley D
Coworker
August 10, 2020
So sorry to read this news. Our condolences to Heather and the families.
Randy Lund
Coworker
August 9, 2020
I’ll never forget you, Ron. I’ll check in on Heather for you. Love you and look forward to seeing you again.
Annie Pontrelli
Friend
August 9, 2020
Bud was truly one-of-a-kind. It’s hard to imagine the world without him. He was larger than life, which had nothing to do with his height. He filled every room he entered; with smiles, with shakes of the head, and with his joy of life. I’m glad I had the chance to spend some time with him this past year, and wish I’d had more opportunities. Bud was fun to be around, interesting to listen to, and we shared a love of and commitment to family. The world is a sadder place without him, and I’ll miss him.
Jim Fredericks
Family
August 9, 2020
Ron, I'll miss you and the good times we had when going to Big Daddy's parties, cranking ice cream makers, party at Dennis Davin's summer vacation home in Washington, our many talks in Orthopedics, and the book "Do Black Patent Shoes Really Reflect Up." You are and will be missed.
Barbara Kochevar
Friend
August 9, 2020
I was a friend and colleague with Ron at Tuality
John Coletti
Coworker
August 9, 2020
Working with Ron in Sigonella was a great experience for me. I was a brand new PA-C and had only one year of Family Practice under my belt when he arrived, and I was re-assigned to Orthopedics to work with him. That was one of the best things to ever happen to me professionally, because I learned so much from him, and I will never forget the good times we had in the OR. He taught me so much about Orthopedics, and he made every day a pleasure. I'm so sorry for your loss. Love and Prayers, James
James Linhoff
Served In Military Together
August 9, 2020
Thank you Ron for being a good friend. My son fell at the officers pool and you were there to call for a Helicopter to get him from 29 Palms to Palm Springs and you stayed with him, till I arrived. Love you and will see you again one day!
Parrish Nixon
Friend
August 9, 2020
I feel honored to have known Ron. What an amazing man!
Kori Rigo
Friend
August 9, 2020
I knew Ron from the day he was born. I lived with his Mom, Aunt Karen and Uncle Ron, Buds Dad for several summers. During those summers I also helped with the daily routine helping take care of Barbara, Buddy and Brooke. I worked with his Dad during those summers.
Bud loved the Miller Bay House where many of the family shared laughter and memories that were made there. Bud will be missed by many and was loved by all. Best wishes from myself, Aunt Carolynn (my Mom).
Rest in Peace Bud and God Less.
Clay Harwood
Family
August 9, 2020
Bud was truly one-of-a-kind. It’s hard to imagine the world without him. He was larger than life, which had nothing to do with his height. He filled every room he entered; with smiles, with shakes of the head, and with his joy of life. I’m glad I had the chance to spend some time with him this past year, and wish I’d had more opportunities. Bud was fun to be around, interesting to listen to, and we shared a love of and commitment to family. The world is a sadder place without him, and I’ll miss him.
Jim Fredericks
Family
August 9, 2020
Ron truly had that adventurous attitude. He regaled me many times with stories about his service days ( thank you for your service) . He said while stationed in Sicily that he had purchased a Vespa scooter. When it came time to return, the service said they would not ship it home. So Ron did the Ron thing, dissembling it and shipping it home in boxes!
My condolences to Heather and family for your loss. Ron lives on in our memories.
Jeff Mastrandrea
Friend
August 9, 2020
It is an honor and privilege to have known Ron and the Teeds and enjoy life’s adventures with them. Ron and the Teed family are outstanding people!
The Battison Family
Friend
August 8, 2020
Can't believe this news. My condolences to Heather and the family. My father, Rod Beals, absolutely loved Ron and was honored to try to teach him a bit about orthopedics. Ron was always so gracious to me and was a wonderful peer in school and beyond. His was a life well lived.
Tim Beals
Classmate
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