Ronnie Pasch, 1960-2015

It was a kick to the gut when I opened my email and read, “Sorry to have to tell you but one of our own from Klamath has passed away. Ronnie Pasch died yesterday.”

Ronnie was born May 8, 1960 in Crescent City to Dorothy May and Bob Pasch. He passed away at Rogue Valley Hospital in Medford on June 25, 2015 at the age of 55 after striking his head during a fall from his bike.

Ronnie and I grew up together. We were in Cub Scouts and we loved to run and play in the woods behind my house when he came over.

He was a lifelong resident of Del Norte County, with most of his years in Klamath, attending Del Norte schools, where Ronnie excelled in social involvement. He’ll be remembered for his joy of life, which was contagious to everyone he met throughout his life; nobody was a stranger to Ronnie.

To everyone that knew him, Ronnie’s love for life was clearly evident. He loved bicycle riding and motorcycles and was known for his enthusiastic saying “There goes some Hogs!”

Ronnie’s survived by his wife Alice, mother Dorothy Pasch, sister Renee Marrero, of Arcata, and his children Jessica Kendrick, of Crescent City, Ronald, of Portland, and step daughter, Christina Shelton of Crescent City. He’s preceded in death by his father, Bob and brother Robert Pasch.

As I wrote his sister Renee, “I’m so sorry. When we were kids we had so much fun together. I’m so happy he had a good life.”

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