Ronald Willard Ambrose, of Mountain Home, passed away in his home on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at Rost Funeral Home, McMurtrey Chapel.
Ron was born in his home on Dec. 24, 1933, to Willard and Helen Ambrose in Barnesville, Minn. He was later joined by his younger brother, Carl. The family moved from Minnesota to Redwood City, Calif., in 1939. It was a tough trip to say the least but they all made it. His youngest brother, Bob, was born later.
After graduating from Sequoia High School, Calif., in 1951, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He then went to work for GE in Redwood City, Calif., but re-enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, whereupon he was able to travel overseas. His military journeys took him to Thailand, Germany, Vietnam, Netherland, Holland and Guam.
Ron married Jeanine Deslandes in 1962 and had two children, Donna and Dale. They later divorced in 1969. On Ron's second deployment to Thailand he met and married Boulai Mukasorn, then adopted their daughter, Ann, and moved back to the states where they settled in Mountain Home.
After 21 years in the military, Ron retired in 1978 as a master sergeant.
His favorite hobbies were hunting, fishing and camping.
He was very crafty and took pride in the clocks and furniture he made. He also loved to build railroad models and jigsaw puzzles.
Anyone who knew Ron would remember him kicking back, laughing at jokes and telling stories. He took much joy in listening to old Johnny Cash songs and was known to play them over and over.
Ron enjoyed being around his family and grandkids, especially his buddy and grandson, Adam, while enjoying his favorite pastime - watching TV. His devoted and beloved wife, Lai, selflessly took great care of him after his stroke in 1997 and continued to do so for the last 14 years. His wish to remain home was fulfilled. The loss of him is deeply felt.
Ron is survived by his wife, Lai Ambrose, of Mountain Home, daughter Ann (Chuck) Farnsworth, of Mountain Home, his daughter, Donna (Mike) Robinson, of Minden, Nev., son Dale (Rochelle) Ambrose of Morgan Hill, Calif., and brothers Carl and Bob (Sandy) Ambrose of Grass Valley, Calif. He is also survived by seven grandkids and two great-grandkids.
Ron was preceded in death by his infant sister, Donna, his parents, his uncles, Wilmer and Leroy, and his aunt, Lucille.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of Accent Hospice Care. A special thank you goes to Tiffany for her unwavering commitment. We couldn't have gotten through it without her.
Military honors will follow the service.