Ronald Lloyd Holliday was born Oct. 17, 1938, in Portland, Ore., to parents Lloyd and Pearl Holliday. He passed away at home on Nov. 18, 2016.
The family moved to Maupin in 1945 when his father returned from the war. Ron spent much of his time roaming the hills and canyons around Maupin with childhood friends. They built forts, hiked up Bakeoven Creek, hunted rocks and critters and spent most summers camping in each other’s backyards. Ron always said Maupin was the best place ever to grow up.
Ron graduated from Maupin High School in 1956, part of the first class to attend the newly erected high school. He participated in all sports, but excelled at football. He worked summers for local ranchers and, in his junior and senior years, he worked part-time for the local telephone company. He joined the Navy and spent four years aboard the USS Chickasaw in the “WestPac,” traveling to almost all of the Pacific Islands and the frigid waters of the Aleutian chain, spending many months in Adak, Alaska.
He enjoyed his Navy travels, seeing new places and having new adventures, but said he didn’t care if he ever went back to Adak.
He returned home in 1961 and worked a short stint for the U.S. Forest Service, but soon returned to his old job working for the local telephone company. It wasn’t long before he began his lengthy career with Mt. Fir Lumber Company, which had mills in both Maupin and Tygh Valley. He started to work doing clean-up and pulling green chain. He set a goal for himself and vowed one day he would be the plant manager.
He worked every job in the mill and in the log yard until finally, in 1982 after 18 years, Harvey Bones named him plant manager. Ron ultimately worked for Mt. Fir for 32 years. Oregon Log Home Company purchased the Maupin mill site and Ron stayed on to help them become established ending his working career with retirement in 2008.
There wasn’t anything Ron could not fix and he spent many an hour in his “man cave.” In his early years he built his home on the property where he had been raised, overlooking the Deschutes River and in plain view of the trains which he loved. He and his wife Sherry spent countless hours landscaping the property to his perfectionist standards.
Ron loved the outdoors, and hunting season was always a favorite time of the year for him being out with all the guys and introducing his boys to the sport. He was a crack shot and he knew every nook and cranny of the hills around Maupin. He seldom failed to bag an animal to fill his tag, and could also catch his limit of Redside Trout or Steelhead.
Ron served several terms on the Maupin City Council, Maupin Planning Commission, Budget Committee and other various boards. He was a founding member of the Redsides Sports Club and a long-time member of the Southern Wasco County Ambulance Service.
Ron leaves behind the love of his life, wife of 38 years, Sherry Holliday; sons Todd (Debbie) of Tygh Valley, Ore.; Troy (Sheila) of Yucca Valley, Calf.; and stepson Tony Petty, (April) of Milwaukie, Ore.; grandsons, Ronnie, TJ and Justin Holliday; brother Gary Holliday of Santee, Calf.; and very special friends, Bill and Jennifer Mitchke of Maupin.
At his request there will be a graveside service at a later date.
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