Ronald W. Edrington

August 31, 1928 — May 9, 2015

Ronald W. Edrington

Ronald William Edrington passed away at the Uintah Care Center Saturday, May 9, 2015, surrounded by his family. He was born in Richfield, Utah on August 31, 1928 to Ruel and Bernie (Nielson) Edrington. He was the oldest of 5 children growing up in Park City and Roosevelt, Utah. He married Lola N. Brandt on June 3, 1950 in Nevada and their marriage was later solemnized in the Vernal Temple. They were proud parents of three children, Lonnie, Kennie and Kayleen. Ron and Lola were married for nearly 57 years at the time of her death April 26, 2007. He loved to box and loved watching boxing matches. In high school he participated in the AAU Golden Glove Boxing Competition. Ron served during the Occupation of Japan, US 8th Army 7th Cavalry from February 1, 1947 to October 12, 1949. He won the 8th Army Feather Weight Boxing championship in 1948. After he was discharged from the service, he worked for a seismograph crew until he and Lola moved back to Vernal in 1958. He worked at Boren Gilsonite Mine in Bonanza for many years, worked in a trona mine in Wyoming, worked for Great Lake Timber as a logger and later as an independent saw mill owner with his brother and son for many years. He was involved in the timber business with many of his grandsons until he retired. Ron was passionate about any kind of sport. He excelled as an athlete in high school playing basketball and football. He also attended seminary and received several outstanding awards for his talks. He coached little league and pony league baseball for many years and enjoyed teaching and being involved with the youth and young men. He loved being with his brothers and telling stories and sharing memories of the good ole' days. He always supported his children in sports, music, scouting and many of their varied interests throughout their school and married lives. He attended as many lives events he could for his nieces and nephews as well. Riding and training horses was another one of Ron's passions along with spending time with several faithful dogs through the years. He loved to go fishing, hunting, camping, archery, dancing, playing a variety of card games, telling stories, and spending time with family and friends. He used many of these activities as a way to teach his children and grandchildren many knowledgeable and useful skills. There wasn't anything he wouldn't do for his family and friends. Being president of the Vernal Rod and Gun Archery Club, Ron was actively involved in archery with his wife and children for many years. He served as a home teacher in his ward. He was always reading the newspaper, church books and would often read well into the night and early hours. He was always eager to learn. Ron was a loyal and true friend. He was a great story teller with a great laugh and sense of humor. He had great work ethics and was a hard, honest worker and displayed great integrity which he taught his children and grandchildren throughout his life. Ron's family meant everything to him. They were his pride and joy. He enjoyed spending many hours visiting while camping, playing games or being with his family for camp-outs, picnic's, birthday, reunions, and getting together especially during the holidays just being able to spend time together. His family finds comfort in knowing he is reunited with his many loved ones, especially his dear wife, Lola. Ron is survived by his children, Lonnie (Tod) Hadlock, Vernal; Ken (Lory) Edrington, Jensen; Kayleen Darnell, Vernal; 10 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild; his brother John Edrington; sisters-in-law Josephine Edrington, KaDee Edrington, Lila Bristol, Judy Brandt, Eva Brandt, and brother-in-law, Bert Cadwalader. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lola, his sister Gloria Jean, his brothers Kay, Scott, Ray; 7 sisters-in-laws, 7 brother-in-laws, 6 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at 12:00 noon at the Vernal 4th ward Chapel (235 East 600 South). Family and friends may call Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00 at Blackburn Vernal Mortuary and at the Chapel one hour prior to the services. Burial will be in the Vernal Memorial Park, with Military Honors provided by the American Legion and Utah National Guard, under the direction of Blackburn Vernal Mortuary.
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