Ronald V. Prindel (Ron)


Dec. 27, 2017 — Ronald V. Prindel (Ron), 88, died at his home in Swisshome on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017. 

He was born on Aug 27, 1929 in Eugene, Ore., to Ralph F. and Myrtle A. Prindel.

Ron attended Mapleton High School and graduated in 1947. He joined the U.S. Navy and studied diesel mechanics. On June 22, 1952, Ron married Barbara “Bobbi” Yeager, the love of his life for 64 years. 

They settled in Swisshome, Ore., where they raised their family.

Ron worked as a truck driver for Ted Nielson and worked on the pond at Haskin Lumber Co. When Ron went to work for Erskine Lumber Co. in Tide, Ore., he operated his favorite “Wagner” log stacker. His kids and grandkids loved taking rides and naps in the log stacker. He operated two Wagners over the next 32 years, until his retirement from Davidson Industries in 1991.

Ron served as a volunteer and fire chief of Swisshome-Deadwood RFPD for 50 years.  The fire department was his passion. His dedication to the fire department and the communities it served was his top priority.

Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially camping with his family. He loved building things and working on the family property.

Survivors include daughters: Ronda Harris, Elaine Dotson (Terry) and Brenda Garner; a son, Richard Prindel; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nephews Craig and David Prindel; a niece, Patsey Whitely; and his life-long friends, Neil Harwood, and Bob and Alice Fulkner.

Services will be held on Jan. 13, 2018, at 1 p.m. at Swisshome Evangelical Church in Swisshome with a reception to follow.

The family wishes to thank the members of PeaceHealth Hospice for their kind attention to Ron. Their help was greatly appreciated. Also, a special thank you to Byron Moore, Alice and Bob Fulkner, and Burns’s Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home.

Burns's Riverside Chapel Florence Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Inurnment will be later in the spring at Deadwood Pioneer Cemetery, where Ron and Barbara will be forever together.

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