Ronald Clyde Gregor
Ronald Clyde Gregor
Ronald Clyde Gregor passed away peacefully on April 16, 2011, surrounded by his family.
Ron was born on Dec. 4, 1937, to Lillian (Grass) Gregor and Clyde Gregor in Fort Bragg. In 1956, he graduated from Fort Bragg Union High School and became a mechanic's assistant. He decided he would rather travel the world so Ron joined the Navy in 1956.
After graduating bootcamp, Ron spent time aboard the USS Breckenridge, the USS El Dorado and the USS Boxer as a radio man. Due to radiation exposure in the South Pacific during Operation Hardtack, Ron was classified an atomic veteran in 2003 by the Veterans Administration.
Following the Navy, Ron made a home with his first wife, Shirley, in Novato. He worked as a wholesale butcher and a mechanic. He enjoyed building and racing cars as well as four-wheeling. Their marriage did not last but they remained good friends until Shirley's death in 2009.
Ronald met his second wife, Lois, and they married in 1972 and bought a house in Sonoma. It was there that they raised their four children. He took pride in working around the property and running their shop, Moon Valley Alignment & Brake.
In 1999, Ron closed the business and retired in Clearlake Oaks.
Ron is survived by his four children, Cheryl (Steven) DiPiero, of Napa, Christel (Adam) LeCount, of Suisun City, Charla (Cody) Snodgrass, of Ukiah and Charles Gregor, of Sonoma; and their mother, Lois Gregor, also of Sonoma; and his little loves, his five grandchildren, Connor, Casey, Cameron Snodgrass and GraceAnn and Emmalyn LeCount. He is also survived by his girlfriend, Linda Kury, of Clearlake; his pets, Harley and Tequila; many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Ronald was preceeded in death by his parents; his favorite aunt, Dorothy Paoli; and his sister, Betty Terry; and his two brothers, Jerry and Tom Josephson.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m. at Duggan's Mission Chapel, 525 W. Napa St.
Immediately following will be a celebration of Ron's life at the Sonoma Valley Veteran's Memorial Building in Sonoma. Inurnment at Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Ron's memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at 1-877-426-2838, ext. 3302.