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A celebration of life service for Ronald Thomas Andersen, 77, longtime resident of the Coos Bay area, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20 at the South Coast Hospice Bereavement Center, 1620 Thompson Road in Coos Bay. Private cremation rites were held at Ocean View Memory Gardens in Coos Bay.
Ronald was born Oct. 18, 1940 in Chicago, Ill., to Robert “Bob” and Eleanor Andersen. He passed away peacefully April 26, 2018 in his home in North Bend.
Ron moved to Coos Bay in 1967 after graduating from the University of Illinois and serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966. In Vietnam, Ron served as an air traffic controller and achieved the rank of captain.
He met and married Christine Buselmeier in 1968. Their two daughters were born in Coos Bay, Tristin in 1970 and Tracie in 1971. Ron and family remained in North Bend, with both girls graduating from North Bend High School.
Ron’s 30-year career with the Bureau of Land Management began after the great Oxbow fire. Then began a shining season of large timber sales and massive reforestation, with goals of sustainability while minimizing environmental impacts. In his positions as, first, timber cruiser, then timber manager, followed by natural resource manager and assistant area manager, Ron participated in all the aspects of his field. Ron was also involved in projects to improve public access and expand recreational opportunities on land managed by the BLM. The BLM park at Loon Lake and the Dean Creek Elk preserve and day use area, among others, were under Ron’s supervision. After his retirement from the BLM, Ron worked as a driver for Inland Point, for Oregon State Department of Human Services and for Enterprise Car Rental. His church family was at Eastside Christian Assembly, now CoastLife Church. Many friendships formed through these connections.
Ron is survived by two younger brothers, Robert Andersen of Madison, Wisc., and Gary Andersen of Cape Girardeau, Miss., and their wives and children; by his wife, Christine "C.Z."; and their two daughters, and their husbands. Ron also was blessed with two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Donations in Ron’s honor may be made to your favorite veterans’ support organization.
Arrangements are under the care of North Bend Chapel, 541-756-0440.
Friends and family are encouraged to sign the online guestbook at www.coosbayareafunerals.com and www.theworldlink.com