Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Ronald Eugene Holden, BHS '66 (1947-2011)

July 18, 1947 - July 21, 2011

While it is possible to receive good counsel from a wide circle of family and friends, few could do it with the skill and aptitude of Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. he had a true talent for helping others reach their full potential and brought out the best in those who sought his help. Ronald was a forward-looking man whose personality was filled with empathy toward everyone he met. He could be quiet and reserved, but his style of communication was authentic and direct. An excellent communicator, Ronald was a master at using imagery when he explained his ideas and concepts. He seemed to have an endless supply of innovative concepts and strategies for how to help those around him. His sensitivity, kindness and generous attitude made him a wonderful friend for all who knew him.

From the time he was born on July 18, 1947, Ronald showed a deep concern for others. He was a giving and caring individual, ethical and full of integrity and warmth. Ronald came into this world at Kern General Hospital in Bakersfield, California. His parents were Angamae and Marshall Eugene Holden. Ronald was raised in Del Ano, California and Burbank, California.

Because fellowship was so important to him, Ronald promoted harmony with his siblings. He was raised with One sister and one brother. He had a sister Shelia and a brother Jr. Ronald was something of the family diplomat. He helped to settle problems and conflicts and kept the family running smoothly.

As a young boy, Ronald interacted well with other children. He was helpful. He was an independent person who had a vivid imagination. Ronald had a number of interests in his youth. He was an active child. Ronald took part in baseball. He was a Boy Scouts and was on the Legislative Community of student body council. In his spare time he liked collected baseball cards and trains.

A good student who was enthusiastic about learning, Ronald was considered by many to be a high achiever. He graduated from Burroughs High School in 1966. He enjoyed some classes more than others, having favorite courses and teachers. His favorite class in high school was Wood shop and Auto shop. Student Council.

Ronald's talents in writing proved to be an asset for him during his college years. He excelled in classes, even in some subjects that didn't particularly interest him. Ronald became known to his peers as a seeker of wisdom who appreciated all types of courses, especially those in Liberal Arts which allowed him to build on his remarkable retention of general knowledge. He earned his 1 year masters college 0 degree. His favorite courses were Bible Theocracy.

Able to maintain a positive focus on the potential good to be found in others, Ronald was always ready with solid advice and guidance to offer his group of friends. He was generally friendly to all who knew him, yet to some he seemed quite independent. For those who really knew Ronald, they recognized that he could be full of surprises. Ronald enjoyed a small but solid group of true friends. He would willingly support those friends when they needed it. Because of his ability to read people, he had an uncanny knack for knowing when a friend needed help. While growing up, some of his best friends were David Thomas. Later in life, he became friends with Dave and Ruth Thomas.

Ronald was romantic, even poetic at times. He was completely devoted to family and friends, able to show his emotions without going overboard about it.

All who knew him would agree that there was a certain kind of magic in how Ronald was able to bond with his children. While he could be a firm disciplinarian, he could also fill the role of being a collaborator with his kids. Ronald was always a mentor who helped his family reach its full potential. Ronald was blessed with Three children, Warren oldest son, Daniel middle son and Ron Jr last son. They were also blessed with three grandchild Logan, Savanna and Austin

Ronald projected a subtle but positive influence in his workplace. He was comfortable working behind the scenes to help everyone get their job done, and he worked hard at all times to help others to reach their highest potential. While his colleagues did not view him as a high-spirited type, Ronald was effective at working with others to gain acceptance for his ideas. Ronald could be a perfectionist at times, but wasn't one to seek out personal recognitions. He possessed excellent insight and a strong ability to meet schedules. He was an innovator who worked well independently, and he enjoyed the task of meeting a constant array of challenges. His primary occupation was General Electric Fabricator/overnight stock person at Walmart. He was employed for 27 years at GE and 13 years at Walmart.

As an imaginative and inventive person, Ronald was comfortable showing his creative spirit. He enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. Once Ronald took on a new project, he saw it through to its completion. His favorite pursuits were cars, woodwork and collecting old coins. He was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

Ronald was one who put forth his best effort in every aspect of his life, and that carried over to his participation in sports as well. His sense of diligence inspired others and in turn drew best efforts from his teammates. In high school, Ronald played baseball,. Ronald was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were baseball, football, golf and basketball.

Ronald's attitude of working to make every day better was a way of life for him. It was a philosophy that he carried into his community activities and service. Serving on committees for the Senior Circle/Spirit life prime timers.

Ronald was a man with clear convictions and high principles, and his faith was important to him. He was an inspiration to many people who recognized his sense of commitment and esteem for others. He was a member Spirit Life Foursquare for 11 years.

Ronald possessed strong skills in long-range planning and project completion, a quality that positively influenced his travel and vacation planning. Favorite vacations included San Antonio and Grand Canyon.

Ronald was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Ronald's favorites was Cocoa-Dog. They were best friends for 12 years. His family was rounded out by his dog Lady, Skeeter his bird and Tiger/Tigger his cats.

As someone who treasured harmony and quiet, Ronald accepted retirement and made the most of it. That day finally came in 1997 from General Electric, and Ronald was well prepared. His new life involved relocating to Bullhead City, Arizona. In retirement, he found new pleasure in tending his yard/lemon trees and yard working.

Ronald passed away on July 21, 2011 at Bullhead City, Arizona at home. Quick battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife Linda, Sons Warren, Daniel,and Jr., daughter in laws Karen, Michelle and Fabrianne. Services were held at Spirit Life Foursquare. Ronald was laid to rest in cremated and laid to rest at home on the entertainment stand.

Though he could be a private person at times, Ronald was always able and willing to give of himself. He was so in tune with others that he often seemed able to read their minds. Ronald carried with him an almost mystical sense of life. He was a person who was highly original in his thinking and used metaphors and symbols to describe many aspects of his life. A poetic, intuitive "teacher", Ronald Eugene Holden Sr. shared himself freely and family and friends will remember Ronald for the strength of his convictions.s Silver Bell Chapel, Bullhead City, AZ.
Ronald Eugene Holden, Sr.

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