RONALD DYCHES
Ronald Edwin Dyches 5/12/1931 ~ 1/20/2010 Ronald Edwin Dyches, passed away peacefully in his home on January 20, 2010. He was born May 12, 1931, in Provo, Utah, to Ronald John and Eloise Bringleson Dyches. He lived in Provo, Ogden, Castledale, and Price, Utah during his childhood. He attended high school at The American High School in Mexico City, in Ogden, Utah, at BY High in Provo, Utah, and in Bremerhaven, Germany. He loved sports and lettered in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field. His American High School football team won the regional championship. In Bremerhaven, he won the European shot put championship for all American high schools in Europe. He spent his freshman year in college at BYU where he played football. He also attended Mexico City College on a football scholarship. He graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Political Science. He enlisted in the army in 1951 and served in the Korean War in the infantry. He was honorably discharged in 1955. He attended basic training at Fort Ord and attended Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill. He was a deeply patriotic man who was proud of his service and loved his country. In Mexico City he met Martha Lou Gilmore. They were married on July 25, 1954, in Coshocton, Ohio, and had five children together. They were married for 19 years before Martha tragically died in a bicycle accident. In 1956 he started working for Richards Orthopedic Manufacturing where he enjoyed a successful career and was their top distributor for 18 of his 25 years with Richards. In 1970, he and his wife Martha co-founded Orthomed, an orthopedic brace and surgical instrument company. He was an accomplished salesman and businessman. After he retired, he continued to attend several medical conventions helping his son manage the company booth. He moved his family to Portland, Oregon, in 1960 where he lived most of his adult life. He loved Portland. Ron was a generous, loving and protective father and grandfather. His family was always his first priority. He is survived by five children: Susan Elizabeth Trone, (OR), Linda Louise Dyches, (UT), Ronald Scott Dyches (Suzi) (OR), Cheryl Ann Nord (Kevin) (CA), and Steven Todd Dyches (Kelly) (UT). He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and his sister, Roberta Christine Dyches. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Kathryn Anna Dyches, whom he had with his former wife, Sharon Pirie. He was a proud board member of the Portland Crime Stoppers Bureau for many years. He was a longtime member of the Multnomah Athletic Club and loved to exercise. Ron also loved animals, especially dogs. For many years, Ron could be seen jogging and walking throughout Happy Valley with many neighborhood dogs who loved to accompany him on his walks and runs. Ron also devoted much of his time to helping others. He established a food pick-up and delivery system for the local Senior Citizens Center and the Bishop's Storehouse. He loved to travel, especially with his family, and went on many trips around the world. He attended the Olympic Games eight times and loved traveling in Europe, Asia, and in the Mediterranean region. Ron had deep faith in God and was a member of the Happy Valley Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Funeral services were held Friday, January 29, 2010, at the Happy Valley LDS Chapel. Interment followed at the Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans (dav.org). Remembrances for the family may be sent to http://www.ronald-dyches.virtual-memorials.com/

Published by Deseret News on Jan. 31, 2010.
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Dear Linda and Family,
I was saddened to hear that Uncle Ron had passed away. He was a great man and friend of our family. He always stopped in to see us when he was in town. Our sincere condolences go out to you and your family.
Kim Dyches
February 1, 2010
In 1985 I went to Portland from Cupertino, CA and took a class from Ron. I was there when his DeLorean was broken into. Even though I never was able to work with him, he left a good impression on me. I'm sure he will be missed greatly!
Justin Nelson
January 31, 2010
When I was 18, Ron, then a member of my ward, offered me a job selling orthopedic supplies. I was stunned that he had such confidence in me -- a freshman in college. I didn't accept the position but will never forget the positive energy and zest for life I felt in his presence. I'm very grateful for having known him and send deepest condolences to his family.
Steve Knight
January 31, 2010
Ron touched so many lives with light and grace, and he is dearly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort through God's Grace.
Sandi Metzger
January 29, 2010
DYCHES fAMILY: I WAS GONE FROM GERMANY BEFORE YOUR DAD GOT THERE, BUT I MET HIM AT OUR FIRST BREMERHAVEN REUNION IN TEXAS FEW YEARS AGO. HE WAS DELIGHTFUL AND MADE THE AURA SO LIGHT AND SHEER FUN! I AM SO THANKFUL TO HAVE MET HIM. GOD BE WITH ALL OF YOU IN THIS TIME OF DEEP SORROW.
HELEN (MYERS) PAULI
January 29, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am a good friend of Linda's and have heard about her amazing father! What an accomplished, generous, and loving man.
My love to your family,
Juliana Seaman
Juliana Seaman
January 28, 2010
We send our most sincere sympathy to all of you. Dave and I are in Florida for a few days, and Aunt Helen and Stephen have kept us informed of your father's passing. I know he is safe in God's arms with your mother.
Love to you all,
Diane and Dave Kracker
Diane Kracker
January 27, 2010
MY NAME IS SANDY, AND I ENJOYED THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING RON DYCHES AS MY VERY DEAR FRIEND SINCE 1995. WHEN HE FIRST MET ME, HE DID NOT LIKE MY LAUGH...BUT SOON HE TOLD ME, 'YOU KNOW, YOUR LAUGH HAS GROWN ON ME AND I LOVE IT!' I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO HAVE KNOWN RON AND TRAVELLED WITH HIM BOTH IN ALASKA AND EUROPE WITH OTHER GOOD FRIENDS. HIS PRIDE AND JOY WAS ALWAYS HIS FAMILY, AND I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE MET THEM IN THE PAST 15 YEARS. HE AND I WOULD SIT OUT ON HIS BALCONY AND SAVOR THE BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS OVER WILLAMETTE NATIONAL CEMETERY...AND SAY A PRAYER TOGETHER. RON AND I ALWAYS ENDED WITH 'GOD IS IN HIS HEAVEN, ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.' FOR ME, I THANK GOD FOR THE GIFT OF RON DYCHES AS MY DEAR AND BLESSED FRIEND. I SHALL TRULY MISS HIM.
SANDY CHRISTOFFER
January 27, 2010
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