May 12, 2018 — Ronald Boehi, 87, formerly of Florrence, passed away May 1, 2018, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born on June 20, 1930, in Portland, Ore., to Carl and Linda (Schneider) Boehi. He was an alumni of Portland State College and worked in the insurance industry for more than five decades, starting with the St. Paul Insurance Company in 1951.
While there, he ignored company policy on dating co-workers and asked MaryCleve Porter-Smith for a date on her first day of employment; they married on July 31, 1953.
In 1957, Ron moved his family to Eugene, Ore., where he began work with the Tromp & McKinley Insurance Agency. He eventually became a partner and then CEO of the agency.
When Willis Corroon purchased the agency, he served as CEO for the statewide operations before retiring in 1992. Ron was respected for his fairness and integrity. He was a wise and steady boss who helped build a family atmosphere that former employees still miss.
During their retirement years in Florence, Ron and MaryCleve were members of Siuslaw Presbyterian Church, and Ron served on the session. He also served as president of the Western Lane Community Foundation and was on the board for Habitat for Humanity.
Ron was devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. Nothing pleased him more than family gatherings at Mercer Lake and Siltcoos Lake. He was very social and had a great sense of humor, although he never understood jokes.
Ron is survived by his wife, MaryCleve; his son David Boehi (Merry) of Little Rock, Ark., daughter DeeDee Munson (Dave) of West Linn; grandchildren Bethany Johnson (David) of Scott, Ark., Missy O’Dell (Ryan) of Little Rock, Chris Munson of Portland, and Jessica Harvey (Jameson) of Sherwood; and great-grandson Carter Johnson.
A memorial service will be held June 1 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Mary’s Woods, 17400 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Western Lane Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1589, Florence, Ore., 97439.