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.