Ronald Richard Pasicznyk
February 18, 1945 - December 18, 2015
Ron went to be with the Lord on December 18, 2015 after a long fight with heart disease.
Born in Dickinson, ND to George and Pearl (Prociev) Pasicznyk.
As the youngest of 17 children, Ron Pasicznyk lived in places around the country with many of his older sixteen siblings, and as a youth, went to high school in Belfield, ND. He was already living on his own at the age of 16, going to school and working at a dry cleaners.
Ron’s love of sports brought him to the football field in high school where he took a hit that caused the removal of one of his kidneys – ending the season as well as his opportunity to enter into military service.
He graduated, and headed to Lake Tahoe to be a bellboy in the casinos. But, Ron thought it was “too fast of a life” and ventured on to Medford, OR where his brother, Wally lived and found a job in a plywood mill.
In 1968 on his way to Seattle for a job interview at Boeing, Ron stopped in Salem for a visit with his sister, Margaret. She encouraged him to stay, and he did. He found a job at JCPenney and began his merchandising career in the retail world. There he would meet his wife, Arletta, who worked at the candy counter. They married in 1973.
Sports were still a meaningful part of his life as he played on every JCPenney company softball and basketball team – loving the team comradery on the field as well as the social events of pizza and beer afterwards.
Ron nickname Pas worked at JCPenney until 1978 when his ambition and desire to be his own boss drove him and Arletta to buy a children’s clothing store in the Lancaster Mall. Ron’s love of people and his special knack of relating with kids, ensured that Youngn’s Toggery had a significant presence in the community until 1989.
Ron also had a love of cooking, and decided to make it a career as the manager of McGrath’s Fish House, which he ran for two years before another opportunity sprouted and he turned his life-long passion for gardening and landscaping into 24 years serving the Salem area with Evergreen Landscape.
Ron (now named sparky) battled heart disease through the years with laughter, faith in the Lord, and a dogged determination to live life to the fullest. He always worked hard, but the time with his family and friends fishing, camping, barbecuing, gardening, landscaping, golfing, entertaining, wine tasting, playing sports, and rooting on his favorite teams was really his top priority. He loved teasing and joking around with everyone – and he could dish it out but he could always take it too. He made every event more fun with his enthusiasm and spirit. He never did anything halfway which included the massive Christmas lights display that often was mentioned through the years in the paper to drive by. Even this year the display is up and ready for his granddaughters whom he adored. He loved all praise showered on him and never shirked from being the center of attention. His lasting legacy is the example he set to love wholeheartedly every single day.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years Arletta, daughter Shelley Renning, son-in-law Craig Renning, granddaughters Avery and Barlow, brothers Sam, Joe, and Adam Pasicznyk and Walter Pasnik, sisters Margaret Palodichuk, Betty Raciot, Regina Saleck, and Viola Meidinger.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, five brothers Jake, Steve, Mike, Pete, and Marvin Pasicznyk, three sisters Anne Meidinger, Mary Hayes, and Jenny Glaser.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall, Oregon on Tuesday, December 29th at 3:00p.m. Visitation times at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service in Salem on Monday the 28th from 1-5 and on Tuesday the 29th from 10-2.
In lieu of flowers please consider contributions in Ron’s honor to be made to the American Heart Association.