Ronald Eugene Frith Jr.

Roanoke Valley, Virginia


Roanoke Valley, Virginia


Ronald Eugene Frith Jr., of New Castle, Va., passed away Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the age of 33. He leaves behind his wife, Lara Woolwine Frith; and son, Ronald Eugene Frith III; his mother, Delores Gray Frith; father, Ronald Eugene Frith Sr.; sister, Kimberly Grace Miller; nephew, Justin Lynn Wood; and numerous other friends and family. Ron spent most of his childhood in Washington state, graduating from Brush Prairie High School in 1993 and proudly serving in the United States Navy where he was awarded many medals, including the Navy Achievement Medal. After entering civilian life, he worked as a contractor in San Diego, Calif., a parachute rigger at Butler Parachute Systems Group, Inc. in Roanoke, Va. and a Parachute Systems Program Manager for 2D Reconnaissance Battalion, United States Marine Corps, at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Ron was a life-long hunter and outdoorsman and avid supporter of the United States Military and National Rifle Association. Funeral services with Military Honors will be held Sunday, April 5, 2009, at 4 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, with the Rev. Hugh Kilgore officiating. Private burial to follow. The family will receive visitors at Oakey's North Chapel on Saturday, April 4, 2009, from 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider joining or making a donation to the NRA. This can be done online at or by mail at NRA Processing Center, P.O. Box 420648, Palm Coast, Fla. 32142-0648. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel, 540-362-1237.

This obituary was originally published in the Roanoke Times.

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Dear brother, I am putting a message in your guest book for your son to read when he is older. I love & miss you each and every day. Your sister, Kim.

To my dear nephew Ronnie. If your dad could have left a message for you it would have been about how much he loved you and his vision for your future and your happpiness and a whole bunch of other things, and maybe this poem.

"I'm still here".
Dear son, please don't mourn for me, I'm still here,...

Dear Uncle Ronnie,
I can't believe you have been gone for two years now. I want to thank you for being the best uncle you could be and being a father figure for me. I will never forget all the things you taught me, the advice you gave me that I will take with me wherever I go, and all the memories we made that I will never forget. I miss you every day and wish I could see you just one more time. Love, Justin

Dear son,
It's been two years since you left us and memories of you are stronger than ever and dad and I can't find anything to ease the pain. We haven't found closure yet and I don't think there is such a thing as "closure". Our life is happiest when having our grandson close to us and watching him grow. He has some of your charm as well as his mom's but he does have a few of your traits that we remember about you when at the same age. When he is old enough to understand we...

To Ron's family,

As it's approaching 6 months since Ron's passing, I just want you to know he remains in our thoughts as does your family. I am so very grateful Tyler was fortunate enough to get to know all of you, but especially Ron. I know he learned a lot from him that he will never forget. I cannot ever express how grateful I am that Ron took that group of Marines under his wing and looked out for them and I know he is still looking out for them and protecting them all.

To My Dearest Brother,

I miss you so very much! I've been having such a hard time excepting the fact that you have left us. I know that you are in heaven, reguardless of your beliefs. There are times that I feel your presence with me.

You are only my brother, but you have always been my HERO.

Growing up with you, was amazing. The way that you did things, the way that you could talk your way out of trouble. All in all you had many special...

My Brother,


As darkness fell
And the day betrayed
Our hearts sunk
As you stole away
With a whisper
Barely heard on the wind
A final good-bye
From my Brother, my Friend.

Memories of Ron at Butler Parachutes

My first thought upon meeting Ron for the first time, other than the fact that he was a very handsome young man, was that I had never met anyone who could talk that fast! He had a way of being able to tell you more information in five minutes than your brain could take in. The fact that he worked alone in the back of the building made him a little lonely at times, so whenever I went back to see him, I could count on staying for 15 to 20...

You will always be missed. I have so many memories that I will treasure, too many to list. You were never predictable, always adventurous, and lived by your own rules. I’m sure your son has the same spirit and will grow to be a great man. Your wife and family are in my prayers. Love, Jenni