Ronald Lee "The Gunny" Ermey
1944 - 2018
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March 24, 1944 - April 15, 2018 Ronald Lee Ermey, 74, Gy Sgt USMC (Ret.) and actor, died peacefully April 15th while surrounded by family and friends at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, CA where he was being treated for complications of pneumonia. A decorated Vietnam Veteran, R. Lee Ermey was an outspoken, rebellious, and creative spirit who dedicated decades of his life in service to his country and to his craft as an actor or television host. Starring or appearing in over 60 feature films, his decades-long career was highlighted by earning a Golden Globe Nomination for his role as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, which was released in 1987. While R. Lee Ermey, nicknamed "The Gunny," often portrayed the villain onscreen, in his personal life he was known best for his sharp sense of humor and generous spirit. Ermey joined the Marines shortly after high school and has often credited the military with saving his life. R. Lee Ermey never stopped showing his gratitude to "The Corps" through his charity work with organizations like The Young Marines, Fisher House and Toys for Tots. Ermey was Born in Emporia, KS on March 24, 1944 and raised in Granger, Washington. He lived in Palmdale, CA for the last 30-plus years and is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of 38 years, Marianila; six children: Kimberly Bolt, Rhonda Chilton, Anna Liza Ermey-Cruz, Betty Ermey, Evonne Ermey and Clinton Ermey; two brothers, Jack Ermey and Terry Ermey, twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 4 - 6PM with a Memorial Ceremony from 6 - 7PM at Highlands Christian Fellowship Church, 39625 - 20th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551. Phone: 661-273-1000.



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Published in Los Angeles Times on Apr. 22, 2018.
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April 18, 2020
My condolences to the family. May the God of Comfort, continue to comfort the family.
January 20, 2020
He was a true patriot. He would have done well as President of the United States.
Bryan Bennica
July 13, 2019
Semper Fi Gunny. Always enjoyed the movies and Mail Call Rest in Peace
James Sheffield
April 22, 2019
Thank you, Gunny. Thank you for your service. Thank you for just being you.Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and generosity.Thank you for the example you set of how a life should be lived. Happy Journeys!
Robert Graf
April 17, 2019
Remembering our fallen Marines
Ricky Johansen Jr
April 17, 2019
SEMPER FIDELIS
Semper Fi Gunny. Ooorah!! Thank you for serving our country and all the work you did with kids.
Ricky Johansen Jr
March 27, 2019
We as a country have lost a great American Patriot.
This genuine to the bone American, made me feel proud of our military forces.
Even though I did not exactly know him, I felt like Ive known him all my life.
Gods speed Sir and God bless your family. Rest In Peace Gunny Ooah!!
Sincerely M. Clontz
Mike Clontz
January 20, 2019
Rest In Peace Gunny, Semper Fi
Warren Burns
January 20, 2019
The world has lost a man more precious than gold...a true Patriot, an epic inspiration, just an incredible human being -- the epitome of courage, honor, respect -- America incarnate. May the Lord bless thee, and keep thee! What an honor it would have been to have shook his hand -- I hope to see him in Heaven one day soon. My condolences to the family!!! God bless you all!
Jim Buckles
January 19, 2019
My condolences to the gunny's family, the USMC that he adored dearly, I am a fan of his from when I first seen mail call may God keep his comforting hands around the family. Godspeed Gunny semper fidelis
John Oliver
January 18, 2019
What a great American .We all love you man.
Tom N ocala fl
January 18, 2019
Thanks, Gunny!
You still the man!
December 30, 2018
love you uncle ronnie
mary ellis
Family
December 17, 2018
We wish to express our condolences to the family, friends and, fans. May you have the peace that comes from our Creator at this difficult time.
November 13, 2018
A soldier beyond measure and an American patriot through and through. Godspeed, Gunny!

I dedicate this astro-image of the Eagle Nebula that I took this summer to an exemplary life which proudly illuminated the path to which every American patriot/soldier should aspire.

Thank you for your inestimable service to the cause of Liberty and to the land of the free and home of the brave.

RIP,
Hank
Henry Seiter
September 12, 2018
An amazing talent that truly drew from his experience. He became the military man we expected to see in any film referencing the military. He was the standard and he will be missed.

God has promised a future without death, pain, or mourning. May this promise comfort the family during this time of grief. We are so sorry for his loss.
CJ
August 28, 2018
RIP Gunny! You made a difference in my life since 1966 MCRD Plt. 3086 R. Saffell
August 8, 2018
May Jesus Bless Ya Gunny!! Ya made a difference and brought excitement to the shooting and military worlds and we thank Ya kind sir. We thank Your family for lending Ya to us and our Country who was in need of heros or good role models. SEMPER FI GUNNY. I HOPE YA ARE GUARDING TJE STREETS OF GOLD AS OUR MARINE HYMN CLEARLY STATES. JESUS IS LORD AND LOVES EACH OF YA FAMILY MEMBERS N FRIENDS N LOVED1S!!! THANKS GUNNY FROM A USMC VET- 1992-2007--OIF-OEF NEW MISSION 4 YOU SIR. LOVE N PRAYERS TO YOUR FAMILY N FRIENDS N LOVED1S. AMEN.
Matthew Shallenberger
July 25, 2018
Sir,
You were the "Real Deal",and I would have proudly served with you anytime, anywhere.
I was in the U.S. Air Force back in the day ( 1967 - 1970 )so we had the "Nam" Experience.........
"Sempre Fi" Sir,Vaya Con Dios.
Michael Moritz
July 9, 2018
Gunny,From one veteran to another, I commend you for all the good things that you have done for needy veterans. You were not only an asset to vets but a credit to the human race! You are now on another mission-second hand to God and you will now assist Him in organizing His domain.
Semper Fi, my FRIEND and GOD Bless!!
Burt Tankel
July 6, 2018
My 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 Holiday SceniCoupe & I
BURT TANKEL
July 6, 2018
With my 1959 OldsmobileDynamic 88 Holiday SceniCoupe
BURT TANKEL
June 27, 2018
So saddened to hear your gone, Gunny. God bless. Going to miss you on the tube. Got your 6. Semper fi. Backdoor.
Jimmy Bro
June 16, 2018
The Gunny helped me instill responsible weapons use, interest in history, respect for men-at-arms and love of the United States in my three sons. His humor made some tough subjects more palatable. His love for his Marine Corps was too deep to be pretended.
I and my sons will long remember him and
respect who he was, as a man, and his willingness to serve this Nation. My God bless all of his Family and grant the Gunny
plenty of ammo, and watermelons, in that great firing range in Heaven.
Ed Ogletree
June 2, 2018
Blessings ...
June 2, 2018
Thank you for all you've done. I feel blessed to have met you in person. Rest in peace
Wynona Ogg
June 1, 2018
Joe Zardavets
May 27, 2018
One of my all time favorites. Any movie he was in he made it better. There will never be another actor like him.
doug fontaine
May 23, 2018
God Rest Your Soul My Friend and thank You for everything that You did to make America great with You in it ! IHS
Rev.Dr.Larry A Koertje
May 22, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
m b
May 8, 2018
Matthew McGuire
May 7, 2018
R. Lee Ermey was a great actor and an inspiration to see. He will be sorely missed! GOD bless you!
Bob Chester
May 7, 2018
You will be missed
D Holmes
May 6, 2018
The Marines and Corpsmen of the Pierce County Detachment #504 Marine Corps League, Share in Your Loss. Rest in Peace Marine, Semper Fi!
George Hilbish
May 6, 2018
Rest In Peace Gunny, it was an honor and privilege to have met you at the NRA meeting in 2009. Once a Vet always a Vet, you spotted my USN CPO retired ball cap while my little daughter and I were checking out your receiving line. Ignoring the line you stepped over the ropes to greet us as if you knew me all your life. My daughter is now 18 and still talks about her picture with Gunny.

Rest Easy Marine, Ship Your Oars, You're in Your Eternal Home Port now.

Ooooohhh Raaah, Semper Fi, Fair Winds & Following Seas Shipmate.

Martin A. Palmiere EMC(SW) USN(ret.)
Martin Palmiere
May 5, 2018
Randy Drummond
May 5, 2018
Leah and her great great uncle
Tracy Ermey-Enriquez
May 4, 2018
Semperfi gunny
Ronald l. Petersen Petersen
May 4, 2018
And when they gaze on Heaven's scenes.

They will find the streets are guarded

by United States Marines.

SEMPER FI AND RIP MARINE
Pat O'Brien
May 4, 2018
GUNNY... A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE USMC STANDS FOR.. HONOR. PRIDE. FIDELITY. REST in PEACE.SEMPER FI
DAN RIVERS
May 4, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
kevin Carpenter
Acquaintance
May 3, 2018
So sorry to here about his loss. My condolences to his family.
David Bonanno
May 3, 2018
At ease Gunny we'll take it from here,rest easy Semper Fidelis.
Lawrence Cortado
Acquaintance
May 3, 2018
He was my favorite soldier of all times. I loved watching the bloopers of his show Lock N Load. Which let me know he was a real Man! From one DI to another, Drive on Drill Sergeant, Drive On!
Haskel Walker
May 3, 2018
godspeed you magnificent Soldier!! RIP Gunny!! Hoorah!!
David Lowry
May 2, 2018
So sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing, Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

My Aunt Pearl was married to Uncle Jack Ronnie's dad for 40 years and Ronnie always did the right thing and helped his dad and family. God bless you during this time.

Norma Wilson Humphrey
Norma Humphrey
May 2, 2018
So sorry for your loss of a man with a generous heart and spirit. We will all be together again, is His promise. Former Soldiers' Angel, WI Patriot Guard and Daughter of Airforce Gentleman. - Patti H., Wisconsin
Patti H
May 1, 2018
R.I.P. Gunny Bay Pines VA will mis you
Spike Spike
Student
April 30, 2018
God you have another Marine reporting for duty!
Brian Madson
Friend
April 30, 2018
fMay the God of tender mercies and comfort soothe your hearts during this most difficult time.
JMS
April 29, 2018
It Was a Pleasure, Taking a Photograph with you, In Little Rock Calif, I Will Cherish Our Photo Together Forever. Also I Receiving a Signed Autograph, From you at your Favorite Restaurant Hibachi Grill in Palmdale Calif. I Will Miss You Dearly, Loving Thought Always
Karen Damian
Acquaintance
April 29, 2018
May God rest your soul, Gunny. May you now join the ranks of the military of Allmighty God in heaven. May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ console those you leave behind and gently whip every tear from their eyes. I hope to meet you there someday.
Dustin Clark
April 28, 2018
"The Family".
April 28, 2018
Gunny it was a both a pleasure and honor to meet you and take some pictures with you, thank you for sending us off to battle at Camp Roberts, California, Rest Easy Gunny, we have the watch, also make sure that the First Lady has a Marine Escort.
Greg Thomas
April 28, 2018
John Boylan
April 28, 2018
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Bob Dartez
April 28, 2018
Our dearest sympathies and condolences from Craig and Lisa Van Aken of Dothan Alabama. Rest in peace, Gunny I will miss you and your show's. A great American. Semper Fi.
Craig Van Aken
April 28, 2018
Full Metal Jacket is my favorite movie. He was exactly like my drill Sargent at the Navy Flight School, even the room was exactly the same.
Stephen Kaye
April 27, 2018
Basilone, Daly, and Butler never could contribute to the Corps like you did. Most people don't know the name Puller, but they know Gunny Ermy and always will. Thousands of us became Marines because of you. Rest in Peace Gunny. Semper Fi.
Cpl. Tim Portik
Military
April 27, 2018
So sad to hear of his passing. Fine man and a great entertainer. He will be sorely missed. RIP Lee...oooorah!
Christopher Ami
April 27, 2018
The biggest inspiration to get me to join was gunny SEMPER-fi see you at the gate marine 2004-2009 USMC 2nd btl 5th marines echo. Co
Ssgt justin Reidenbach
Acquaintance
April 27, 2018
It was an honor to meet you 6 times in my Marine Corps career Gunny. Thanks for the memories and Semper Fidelis. Til Valhalla, GySgt Andal
Allan Andal
Military
April 27, 2018
Semper Fi Gunny. May the angels let you fire as many rounds as you want
Wes Archibald
Friend
April 27, 2018
Our deepest condolences to the Ermey family. The Gunny was a great man and a great American. We will never forget his fighting spirit and loving heart. Seeped Fi, Gunny. We will never forget you. Love, the Christianson's, Mark, Lisa, Adam and Jesse.
Lisa Christianson
April 27, 2018
Fair winds and following seas as you proceed to your final duty station at the Supreme Commandants Headquarters. Semper Fidelis!
Cory Tarrants
April 27, 2018
Thank you Sir for everything you ever did for this Country and the People in it. You Sir were a true man. You will be dearly missed my millions.
Stacey Scott
April 26, 2018
Gunny Ermey, you will be missed by many, but as you said in Full Metal Jacket, the Marine Corp lives forever, so you'll live forever. RIP and watch for us to soon join you.
Brian Blaine
April 26, 2018
Thank you for your service and all your work on television. Rest easy Gunny.
John H
Friend
April 26, 2018
I'm deeply saddened for his family about his death true I may only be 22 but R. Lee Ermey was an amazing actor. I loved all his films including my favorite movie Full Metal Jacket. I respect him fully and I salute him because he is a Marine he is awesome.
R.I.P....Marine
R. Lee Ermey
Cory Snyder
Friend
April 26, 2018
Rest in peace old friend. I'll remember the great times at Clinton Power Station and Illinois before your movie days. Good man!
Joseph Appugliese Sr
Friend
April 26, 2018
I love you gunny you've made a big impact in my life simple fried green your legacy will always live on with me

April 26, 2018
Ready easy Gunny. Semper Fi!!
James Elliott
April 26, 2018
The Real Deal...Rest in Peace, Gunny...Semper Fi...Our careers overlapped but we actually never served in the same command.
MSgt Steve Hill
Military
April 26, 2018
Semper Fi brother (Lou Clement) former Sgt. USMC
Lou Clement
Friend
April 26, 2018
Watched this Guy on the Discovery Channel,learned a lot about guns from his commentary.RIP Gunny from Rob in the UK.
Rob Palframan
April 26, 2018
Thank you for your service
JLG
Jim Gillilland
April 26, 2018
Rest In Peace Gunny... Your lifelong contributions have made such an impact on so many people. Semper Fi.. GySgt(Retired)
John Riddle
Brother
April 26, 2018
Semper Fi marine 3 of 3 USMC charlie company rip god speed
Robert Beasley
April 25, 2018
RIP Gunney, Respect, from one soldier to another. Different Nation, Different Military Respect for your body of work throughout your life.
Anthony Wyver
April 25, 2018
How is G-d's Embassy ?? Can't to rapture there to see ya ...
Louis Klampfer
Friend
April 25, 2018
R.I.P. Gunny. We surely loved you here in Arkansas. I'm certainly going to miss you and your show "Gunny Time".
Gary Cash
Acquaintance
April 25, 2018
He was my favorite.
Sophie Brown
April 25, 2018
God Bless You! Rest easy, your service is greatly appreciated
Justin Wooden
April 25, 2018
i samuel longfeather would like too say a prayer of my culture as a hunkpapa lakota of standng rock, i would like to say thank you for your service and would like keep your family and friends in prayer for a terrible oss of a wise strong veteran, but yet such an inspiring human being who inspiried me too join the united states marine corp and serve my country and retire a marine as i please rest easy mr ermey - sc
samuel longfeather
Friend
April 25, 2018
r was good actor and a big career and involvement in hollywood but yet inspired me and my brother too serve our country as united states marine I thank you mr Ermey for your service and talent you had too be such an inspiring person rest easy mr ermey - sc
samuel longfeather
Friend
April 25, 2018
My brother and Stepfather also Gunny ,both were Marines ,we all served in combat.I was Army, but we ALL gave some, some gave ALL. Had great time with you. I salute you Gunny, till we meet again. Pepper.
George Pepper
Friend
April 25, 2018
George Pepper
Friend
April 25, 2018
What a legend. Thank you for your service.
Brandon Yates
April 25, 2018
Semper fi...marine....
Israel Hernandez
April 25, 2018
"If the ARMY or the NAVY ever looked on Heavens scenes, they would find the streets guarded by United States Marines". God Bless, I will see you there and, with you, I will walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert...

From a (1967)USMC private, son of a US Navy CPO and father of a US Army Captain.
Semper Fidelis
Kirby
April 25, 2018
Semper Fi Gunny
Wayne Williams
Military
April 24, 2018
Ronald Lee Ermey aka "Gunny"
A gentle soul. You left this great nation you fought and bled for your whole life as a Marine way to soon! Ada and I will forever cherish our first victory commercial memories together with you! The many ventures and conversations we had thereafter were always a great experience! You will be forever missed and loved! Thank you for your service, commitment, and dedication to America Gunny. RIP my friend. Your favorite squids...
Ricardo and Ada Torres
April 24, 2018
Our prayers are with your family.RIP Gunny
Richard Howe
April 24, 2018
Rest in paradise gunny...from the Hernandez famliey Carlsbad new Mexico ..........semper fi..marine.....
Israel Hernandez
April 24, 2018
We lost a TRUE AMERICAN MARINE!!!!!
John Weston
April 24, 2018
Proud Americans
Thank you for your service. Gods speed Sir.
Rosa O'Neill-Barkey
April 24, 2018
Thank you for your service and for all you have done to support our military and our country.

You were rare. You were a real man and never hesitated to let the world know it, and your pride, courage, strength and honor shined bright for all to see.

May Gob bless you and your family, and may you rest easy until you are called to duty once more. We'll carry on from here.
James Forrest
April 24, 2018
Herb USMCR
April 24, 2018
Herb USMCR
April 24, 2018
RIP, Gunny
Herb USMCR
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