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Ronald Lee "The Gunny" Ermey


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Ronald Lee "The Gunny" Ermey Obituary
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.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 22, 2018
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