Ronald Andrew Schlosser
Buckeye - 74, of Buckeye AZ, passed away peacefully in his sleep after a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer on October 14, 2020. Ron was born in Elkhart, Indiana on November 5, 1945 and moved to Phoenix with his parents as an infant. He grew up in Phoenix graduating from Cartwright Elementary School, Carl Hayden High School, earned his B.S. Degree in Agriculture at ASU and went on to be a member of ASU's foundation class entering its new College of Law in September, 1967. Ron earned his J.D. Degree in Law graduating as its youngest student of 150 in ASU's charter class of 1970.
Other than practicing law for almost 30 years (in which he proudly earned his nickname "The Bulldog" by a Superior Court Judge), Ron worked from the early age of 12 as a farm laborer, meat packer, ranch hand, feedlot manager, farmer, dairyman, amongst many other things along the way.
After he retired from the law practice at age 53, he travelled extensively with his wife of 54 years, Pam. They travelled the globe together, visiting many countries around the world touching all 7 Continents, including Antarctica. He also went on countless other trips and excursions with family and friends creating a lifetime of great memories and stories.
His other great passion was reading. He loved to read, literally reading thousands of books (and then giving many of them away to those he thought would enjoy them as much as he did). Books and reading were so important to him that he bought hundreds and hundreds of books for family and friends over the years, affectionately calling it "Ron's book club". He let anyone and everyone know that he would gladly buy them any book that they wanted or needed for either pure enjoyment or education.
He was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in April, 2020. After enduring 3 rounds of chemotherapy, in typical trial attorney fashion, he said that he damn sure knew how to fight, but he was also smart enough to know when it was time to settle. During his initial visit with the Hospice social worker, she asked him how he felt about his terminal diagnosis. He told her that "it is what it is" and that "every once in a while someone comes along and just kicks you right square in the old pancreas." He also told her, in his opinion, that "it's better to go out with a grin and not with a grimace." She also asked him whether or not he had served in the military. He responded by saying "no, I never served in the military but I was in the ROTC at ASU, and I'm proud to say that in those two years ASU was never attacked!"
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Art and Martha Schlosser as well as his oldest brother Ted. He is survived by the love of his life, Pam, older brother Tom, his son Luke (Dina) Schlosser and daughter Lisa (Vinny) Ciulla. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Stephanie (Zak) Martin, Justin Schlosser, Gabriella Ciulla, Jake (Alex) Ciulla, and Luke Ciulla as well as 3 great-grandchildren, Shane Martin, Scarlett Martin and Victor Lucas Martin (due in January).
Ron wanted to personally thank everyone for their love and friendship over the last 75 years. He requested that no memorial service be held because he is at peace now with a big grin on his face and simply wants everyone to go about their daily lives with a big smile on their face. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer (and cherish forever) a hand-written note sharing a special memory you had with him. Please send them along with any condolences to P.O. Box 340 Litchfield Park, Arizona 85340. Please make any donations in his name to Hospice of the Valley or any reputable Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund or Foundation.
He was not only a great person and good friend to many, he was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He definitely wore his own kind of hat. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten. He fought this terrible cancer with all his might. He was tough as nails. He was always helping those in need all the way to the end. His favorite quote was "seldom look down on a person unless you are reaching down to give them a hand up." He taught us all how to live life to the fullest and went out on his own terms with a big ole' grin on his face and a thumbs up. We will love you forever and always. RIP Bulldog.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2020.