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Ronald Edward Dehlin March 22, 1931 - May 10, 2024

Ronald Edward Dehlin passed away on May 6, 2024 at Saint Alphonsus Hospital, in Boise, Idaho.

Ron was born to Mary and Walmar Dehlin in Portland Oregon in 1931 and moved to Boise in 1938.  He was a graduate of Boise High School, Boise Junior College, and the University of Idaho.  Ron served in the Army during the Korean War, and later worked for (and eventually retired from) the Idaho Department of Transportation as a Civil Engineer.  Ron was a loving family man and was preceded in death by his mother Mary, father Walmar, sister Ruth, and brothers Kenny and Gib.  Ron is survived by his spouse Marie, son Mike, son Paul, daughter-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Emma and Nate.

Ron was an Eagle Scout, enjoyed fishing and camping, and was an avid life-long softball player.  Notably, Ron played his final season of softball in the summer of 2023.

Services will be held for Ron on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at the Veterans Administration Cemetery located at 10100 N Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, Idaho 83714 at 11:00 AM (sharp).  If you plan to attend, please show up 15 minutes early.  The website address for the cemetery is Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise | Division of Veterans Services.

 

Services will be held for Ron on Thursday, May 30, 2024 at the Veterans Administration Cemetery located at 10100 N Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, Idaho 83714 at 11:00 AM (sharp).  If you plan to attend, please show up 15 minutes early.  The website address for the cemetery is Idaho State Veterans Cemetery – Boise | Division of Veterans Services.

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    Jim Lucker says

    Ron was always positive. When newer players in the league would find out how old Ron was they would walk over to Ron and say… “I hope I’m playing at your age”. Ron’s comback was… “Give me a call and I’ll drive you to the game!” That was Ron. A good person that will be missed.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      Thank you for the kind words. My dad loved softball, and the comaraderie was a big part of that. We will have the full obituary notice with the funeral date and time up on this site soon. I am glad some of you posted on this, because I didn’t know how to reach the softball crew. All his softball buddies are welcome to come to the funeral. Thanks.

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      Jeff Kelley says

      I played with or against Ron for several years in the wood bat league on Tuesdays. Ron enjoyed the game so much and his joy was contagious. I also played some senior volleyball with Ron at the Fort Boise Community Center. Ron liked to stay active
      Rest In Peace Ron.

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    Shamrock kelly says

    Was so sorry to hear this, we were friends and played softball together.
    Shamrock.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      This is Paul Dehlin. I didn’t know how to reach all the softball guys. I will get the funeral details on the website soon.

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      Charlie Parke says

      What a loss. I first played ball with Ron on the Boise League 46 years ago and then six years ago he inspired me to join the senior softball league. Ron could catch anything and amazed me with his skill and love for the game, I am saddened by his loss and he will be missed. Heaven has gained a special player.

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        Paul Dehlin says

        He will certainly be missed. Even when he got sick, he wanted to come down and watch the softball games.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      Thank you for the kind words. My dad loved softball, and the comaraderie was a big part of that. We will have the full obituary notice with the funeral date and time up on this site soon. I am glad some of you posted on this, because I didn’t know how to reach the softball crew. All his softball buddies are welcome to come to the funeral. Thanks.

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    Mark A Galvan says

    I’m pleased I can say I played softball on Ron’s Meridian City Softball League four of the last five seasons. Ron loved all sports and especially softball. It was a personal honor for me to have known and play ball with this gentleman. He was a superior athlete. Ron was a man’s, man. He had an air about him. Deserving of respect and admiration by his peers. He was also a Veteran and a member of The Greatest Generation.

    Last season in one of the last games for the season. Ron went three for four at bat. I will never forget that look on his face. I was on deck. He had just hit his third, base-hit. He looked over at me. Out of the corner of his eyes as he returning to the dugout and he had the biggest, ear to ear smile on his face. What an inspiration.

    I will miss you my friend, but I will always remember you. I hope they put you on the All Star Team up there and playing First Base.

    Thank you my friend. Rest in peace.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      Thank you for the kind words. My dad loved softball, and the comaraderie was a big part of that. We will have the full obituary notice with the funeral date and time up on this site soon. I am glad some of you posted on this, because I didn’t know how to reach the softball crew. All his softball buddies are welcome to come to the funeral. Thanks.

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    Don Wyatt says

    Ron was always one of the first players to sigh up for league. A few years ago I told Ron that when I reach his age I hope I could just find the field. He said “I’ll come and get you” and I know he would. To our dear softball friend, “go rest high on that mountain. Your work here on earth is done”. Rest in peace.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      Thank you for the kind words. My dad loved softball, and the comaraderie was a big part of that. We will have the full obituary notice with the funeral date and time up on this site soon. I am glad some of you posted on this, because I didn’t know how to reach the softball crew. All his softball buddies are welcome to come to the funeral. Thanks.

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    Kevin Riley says

    Ron definitely an inspiration to all who played in Senior leagues in the Treasure Valley, not just for the fact that he was still playing, but he was playing competitively. At Settlers Park, when the little leaguers were headed to the parking lot after their games, they’d often stop along the outfield fence and watch some of our games. I always tried to go over to them and point out our 90 year old all-star. They would always get wide-eyed and their mouths would gape open in amazement. I’d tell them that if they loved playing ball, loved the game, then they could play for the rest of their lives and I hope they do. I know that Ron inspires me to play for as long as I am able. God bless Ron and all those who keep the “kid in themselves” alive for their entire lives.

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    Glenn Paculba says

    I always looked up to and enjoyed playing with Ron. He was an inspiration and always respected. Playing ball is always so joyful and Ron presence on the softball field will be missed.

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      Paul Dehlin says

      We really appreciate all the comments on this website about my dad. Even after he got really sick, he wanted to come down and support the teams. Thanks again.

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    Paul Dehlin says

    Thank you for the kind words. My dad loved softball, and the comaraderie was a big part of that. We will have the full obituary notice with the funeral date and time up on this site soon. I am glad some of you posted on this, because I didn’t know how to reach the softball crew. All his softball buddies are welcome to come to the funeral. Thanks.

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    Chris Dehlin says

    Ron was fiercely independent and I admired his passion for sports regardless of age. He always had a hug for me. Paul enjoyed spending time with his dad at Bronco football and basketball games. He raised two boys into kind gentlemen. We are so grateful that Emma and Nate shared time with Nana and Papa through their adolescence and into adulthood. Rest in peace.

    We are all proud of this article on Ron’s passion written in 2022.
    https://www.idahopress.com/sports/91-year-old-ron-dehlin-and-friends-prove-youre-never-too-old-for-softball/article_8e198f07-e6a8-58a0-9781-2c3eb96da7e5.html

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