Ronnie Blofsky

Ronnie Theodore Blofsky passed away in Klamath Falls, Ore., June 10, 2014. Ronnie was a twin (Lonnie) born to Ted and Vivian (Neely) Blofsky April 16, 1948, in Klamath Falls. He attended all Henley schools growing up, graduating in 1966, and was part of four sets of twins at Henley Elementary School in 1955. He worked at the local creamery for seven years and became a volunteer fireman in 1973, living his childhood dream. He was named Volunteer Fireman of the Year that same year and was hired as a paid man. He spent 25 years in the fire service with the then Suburban Fire Department, retiring in 1998. He made many special friendships in the fire service that continued until his death. He was given many special nicknames in the fire service (Mr. Mom, R-BO, Roy) and he carried the honorary title of PhD (pretty handy dude). He then worked for Klamath Falls City Schools as the warehouse attendant and enjoyed working with the people there very much. After several years, he decided to "slow down" and went to work for Klamath County School District doing janitorial work at many schools. He then took a job at Ferguson Elementary School, where he loved working with the wonderful staff and students, who called him "Mr. Ron." Ronnie married his high school sweetheart and they had three children, later divorcing. He briefly married a second time and then finally married his love Nancy Carr on July 31, 1979, in Reno, Nev., and soon after adopted Nancy's son, Jason. He always said the third time was the charm and they spent more than 35 years together. His passion were watching and attending NASCAR races, his favorite driver being Dale Earnhardt, then Dale, Jr. He absolutely loved hearing and watching the local military jets and said it was the sound of freedom and people who didn't like it shouldn't live here. It just so happened that the jets were flying the morning of his cremation, and he definitely would have been smiling. He was an avid reader and especially loved John Sanford, James Patterson and the daily funnies. He enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing in his younger years and was a member of the Order of the Antelope associated with Hart Mountain in Lake County. He shared his love of animals with his wife and, over the years, they gave many, especially dogs, a loving home. Ronnie is survived by his wife, Nancy; brothers, Ted (Jeannette), Brad (Maria), Chuck (Gloria), Larry (Donna) and Lonnie (Jerilyn); sister, Cheryl (Larry) Edge; daughter, Bobbi (Eric) Linn; sons, Travis (Theresa), Tanner and Jason (Beth Williams); and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a special bond with his granddaughter, Hannah, whom he had the privilege of naming, and his grandson, Jordan, whom he always provided with ice cream when he won a ball game (we ate a lot of ice cream; thanks, Pa). At Ronnie's request, there were no services. A gathering of his fire department brethren and their families was June 20 in Mia & Pia's Pizzeria & Brewhouse, where he was toasted, remembered and many stories were retold. In memory of Ronnie, please donate to the Klamath Animal Shelter, adopt a forever friend or, better yet, do both. He lives in our memories and in our hearts. Now he lives in a world apart. Of course, this news is hard to swallow. He is getting it ready for others to follow. He is with those before him to love and embrace. We will always remember the warmth in his face. He loved his family and he loved his friends. Now, for him, peace will never end. We will love you forever, Ronnie, no matter where you are.

Published in Herald And News on July 1, 2014