April 11, 2018 — Carl Allan Ronning, 70, passed away at home in Florence on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018.
Carl was born Aug. 25, 1947, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Astoria, Ore., to Harold and Bernice (Flolo) Ronning. Before the age of 1, his parents moved to Glenada, Ore. There, he attended Siuslaw schools as part of the Class of 1966, playing football and enjoying mechanics classes.
Carl left school to join the Navy in 1965 and served aboard the USS Oriskany. In his serivce, he earned the Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon.
He was aboard the USS Oriskany in 1966 during one of the worse shipboard fires since WWII, in which a magnesium flare accidently ignited in an ordinance locker and caused 44 casualties.
He ended his tour of duty in 1968.
Returning to civilian life, Carl took up logging as a profession after a brief stint working in mills on the East Coast. He worked as a choker setter from Alaska to Northern California, eventually retiring from logging and settling back in the Florence area.
Carl had a larger-than-life booming voice and was well-known and beloved by many, and a regular of Old Town.
Carl is survived by his siblings: Pat and Cherie (Goodwin) Ronning of Ridgefield, Wash., Joel Ronning of Eugene, Ore., and Troy and Gale (Jackson) Ronning of Westlake, Ore; his children: Chris M. Ronning and partner Mary Jo Piasecki-Thompson, of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Gary Ronning of Abilene, Texas; and grandchildren: Anthony Bullaro of Gainsville, Fla., and Nicolas Bullaro of Chesapeake, Va.
He is also survived by numerous step-children and many close friends.
He touched a number of lives and will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Oregon Coast Military Museum can be made in his name