Ronald R. Cornmesser
Sept 15, 1947 to March 29, 2018
Ron Cornmesser, 70, of Ontario, OR, passed away on March 29, at his home, surrounded by those he loved.
Ron was born, Sept. 15, 1947 in Ontario, OR, the middle child surrounded by three amazing sisters -- considered "the special one" by his siblings. He was raised by two extraordinary parents, Ralph and Deana Cornmesser. In 1965, he graduated from Ontario High School.
Ron proudly followed family tradition, serving in the US Navy from 1965-1972. He served on the USS Pollack, a nuclear submarine. In 1973-74, Ron attended and graduated from Treasure Valley Community College. Fueling his love of learning, he went on to attend Eastern Oregon College and then Oregon State University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in zoology, Summa Cum Laude.
Ron married the "love of his life" (and visa versa), Janis Murakami in 1987. They had 31 wonderful years together, sharing many of those years and fun times with their "pet" kids, Flipper, Mandy, Oscar and Pepe. Favorite times for Ron was when he was entertaining and being entertained by his grand-children, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. He taught most of them how to fish and was so patient baiting, casting and untangling their fishing lines... over and over! They all adored their "special" grandpa and uncle. Ron & Janis enjoyed attending all the school performances, sporting events, graduations, weddings, and other landmarks in their lives.
Ron's 20+ years of career experience as a Technical Writer & NPDES Program Specialist with waste water treatment projects around the US, involved extensive travels, helping communities meet their requirements to keep the environment safe and clean. One of his prized possessions was a plaque given to him, stating "For giving us, your employees, your very best."
He enjoyed wildlife and scenic photography, hunting, fishing, and exploring the great outdoors. In his retirement years, he enjoyed gunsmithing as his "new" hobby. Though he denied it, he was an avid story teller and writer, which completely reflected his unique sense of humor. These "tall-tales" will be passed on through his family.
Ron was a profound influence in the lives of family and friends. He was a role model, a gentle and honorable man. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. You didn't have to know him well, to feel his strength, sense of fairness and caring. "This isn't good-bye to Ron, this is “We'll See You Later".
The family would like to thank MSTI for the kind, caring assistance they gave helping Ron during the course of his treatments. A special Thank You to Heart 'n Home Hospice staff for the loving support extended to Ron and all his family.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Deana Cornmesser. He's survived by his wife Janis, his Pepe dog, his son Jeremy (Robin), daughter Kim (David) Bean, his sisters Carol Husfloen, Barbara (Ron) Fountain, Ruth (John) Weaver, his 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Directors of Garden City, ID. Services will be Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:00 am, Ontario Community Church located at 240 SE 3rd St, followed by a Celebration of Life reception at FRCC in Ontario, OR. Private committal services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario. Memorials may be made in Ron's name to Ontario Community Church. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.bowmanfuneral.com .