RICHARD "RICK" RAY DRONEN
March 5, 1966 ~ March 10, 2012
Richard "Rick" Ray Dronen passed away suddenly in his Vancouver home on Saturday, March 10, 2012. Rick was born on March 5, 1966 in Anaheim, California. In 1980, he and his family moved to Washington state. He graduated from Prairie High School in 1984.
One year later, he married Denice Simpson. Together they made their beautiful home in Vancouver and raised two wonderful boys, Kevin and Jason.
Rick and Denice enjoyed entertaining their many friends and family. Rick was a very kind, loving, sharing
and giving person to all that he knew.
He was extremely devoted to his community, and was instrumental in many programs such as Salmon Creek Soccer Club and Skyview High School football and booster clubs. He was a great leader and an inspiration to all.
He worked for Daimler (Freightliner) Trucks for 25 years and was among a selected group of employees who worked together to design and build the truck manufacturing plants in Saltillo and Santiago, Mexico.
Rick is survived by his wife of 26 years, Denice; his two sons, Kevin of Vancouver and Jason who is currently residing and attending WSU in Pullman, WA; mother and father, Carol and Sam of Brush Prairie; and brother, Steven of Vancouver; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his biological father, Juan Ortiz.
Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, March 15 at St. John Catholic Church, 8701 NE 119th Street in Vancouver, Washington 98662. Graveside service will follow at 2p.m. at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1101 N.E. 112th Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98684.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for various charities.
Please sign his Guest Book at www.columbian.com/obits