Ronald Clarence Schuttie, 91, passed away Sept. 15, 2019. He was born on the family farm in Ethel, Wash., August 30, 1928, to Joseph and Gertrude Schuttie.
Ron attended Hopewell School and Onalaska High School, graduating in 1946. He met Ruby, the love of his life, at the dance hall in Toledo, Wash. They married March 8, 1952. They lived five years in Seaview, Wash., before returning to Lewis County in 1963, residing at their present home in Onalaska, Wash.
Ron was a faithful member of the Onalaska Community Presbyterian Church and helped with many building projects over the years. He was a member of the Onalaska Lions Club and assisted the Onalaska Alliance with the Carlisle Lake project. Onalaska was home and he was honored to serve his community. Ron retired in 1982, as a civil engineer for the Department of Transportation and then worked in disaster recovery for FEMA, retiring in 2011. Ron served in the United States Army National Guard and retired after 26 years of service. He was proud to be of service to our country.
Ron and his brother, Vic operated the Schuttie Tree Farm and received several awards for Christmas tree management. Ron was an excellent steward of the land and forest. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, gardening and tending to his trees. Ron played baseball for Onalaska High School, the Toledo Cheesemakers and the New Westminster semi-pro team. He was dedicated to the Onalaska baseball program. Over 40 years he volunteered countless hours to include building of the baseball fields, running the fireworks stand with Ruby, coaching girls softball and little league, dragging fields and umpiring. Ron loved baseball!
Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby; and brother, Vic Schuttie.
He is survived by son, Ronn (Cindy) Schuttie; and daughter, Sharon (Jeff) Mason; grandchildren, Kyle Schuttie, Haylee (Shawn) Downs, Jennifer (Gary) Senior and Andrea (Matthew) Greenlaw; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, at the Onalaska Community Presbyterian Church, with a lunch reception following. In honor of Ron’s service to the Onalaska community, donations can be made to the Onalaska Alliance, P.O. Box 634, Onalaska, WA 98570, with *Ron Schuttie Memorial* on memo.