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“Wish I could have seen you one more time Grandpa. I will keep you with me always. ”
1 of 10 | Posted by: Ashley Strait - MD

“Miss and love you grandpa, wish I could have been there... and wish the distance had been much shorter. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Crystal - WA

“Thoughts & feelings are many & difficult to share. Ron, you loved & cared for my mother, were a loving grandpa/buddy to my son & opened your heart &...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Pamela Martin - Kennewick, WA

“I am very sorry for your loss. Ron was a great person, so full of ideas and wasn't afraid to tell you about them.. He will be greatly missed.. ”
4 of 10 | Posted by: Colton Kenshol - Hermiston, OR

“My thoughts are with you all. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Brandy Strait - Kennewick, WA

“I was blessed with my cousin. We were playmates as children knowing each other all of our lives. We had many good visits when he came to Kansas for...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Donna Schwindt - Colby, KS

“RONALD WAS A GREAT FATHER INLAW HE ALWAYS MADE ME SMILE WHEN U WAS DOWN IN THE DUMPS HE WAS ALWAYS HELPING SOMEBOUDY IF U ASKED FOR HIS SHIRT ON...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Tonia Rodenbeck (strait) - WA

“It was always a pleasure to visit with Ron at JD's Diner. Our thoughts and prayers for Yvonne and his family. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: Bud & Corky Backer - WA

“Blessings and comfort to those who knew and loved Ron. It was a privilege and honor to know him. His smile was infectious. :) ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Stephen Terry - Airway Heights, WA

“I miss you and will always love you although you may be in the Lords domain. We had some womderful times together with lots of fond memories. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Yvonne L. Lawing - West Richland, WA


On July 9th 2012, our father, brother, grandfather and friend Ronald M. Strait went home. Ron was born November 26th 1936 in Boise, Idaho in a house on Resegue Street. Ron was the first child to Francis A. and Merion G. Strait. Ron's family then moved to the Tri-Cities. So, in the spring during the flood of 1948 as the Columbia River was about to crest, his family crossed the old Green Bridge in a Studebaker, pulling a trailer with all of their worldly possessions. Their first house was on Casey St. in Richland. Richland was still building and expanding and Ron was possessed of endless curiosity. He watched them build the railroad around the bypass and explored the tile yard and rode endless miles on his bike. The family later moved to Kennewick and Ron had new areas to explore. The railroad yards, the Layrite concrete works, the Big Y refrigeration plant where he came home stinking of ammonia and the swimming pool in Pasco. He took swimming lessons there and became a lifeguard. He was fascinated by all things radio and rode his bike to Pasco to watch them build the KORD Radio Towers. In the middle of the night you could hear the radio playing on his crystal set. Ron graduated from Kennewick High in 1955. He wore his hair long and slicked back, dressed like Elvis, and had a loud car that went fast. He married Mildred P. Poorman October 31, 1957 and went to Seattle to join the electricians union #46. These two had five (5) children together. Ronald G Strait, Sandra Lee (Strait) Raines, Raymond J Strait, Arleen Dee (Strait) Engram, and Darleen B Strait. Ron worked as an electrician for IBEW 112 for fifty years. He worked all over the United States on projects from Dams to Nuclear Plants, and still he could be found on the tops of surrounding hills building and installing radio antennas and ham repeaters. In 1966 Ron and his children watched the first hydroplane race on the Columbia River from a friend's house on Canal Drive. The guys were Ham radio operators and starting in 1967 Ron and his many Ham radio operator friends worked on the Water Follies communications. They made sure that communications between the barge, the rescue sled boats and the pits worked for the whole weekend. He worked countless hours to make sure the boat races went off without a glitch. This went on for over twenty years. Ron was completely entranced with fireworks on the river. He loved going to Columbia Park to watch them with his children and grandchildren. The other great love of Ron's life was anything electric, from mowers to little do-dads and golf carts to electric cars. When electric cars were first offered to the public he signed up and put up a down payment right away. In the last few years, his favorite place to hang out and meet family and friends was at JD Diner's in West Richland. Many meals and many good times were enjoyed there. Ron had special friends in his life that helped and supported him and were very important to him. Later in life he kept company with his friend and companion Yvonne Lawing. As his end approached he was surrounded by family and friends. Preceding him in death were Ron's parents, Francis A. and Merion G. Strait, his sister Jerry Ann (Shankand) Strait, and his daughter Darleen Bee Strait. Ron leaves behind his brothers Jack J. Strait and his wife Barbara as well as Steve Strait and his wife Peggy. He is survived by his children and their families, Ronald G. Strait and children Crystal, Kane, Ashley, Ronald and Steven, Sandra L. (Strait) Raines with husband David and daughters Jennifer and Christine, Raymond J. Strait, and Arleen D. (Strait) Ingraham with husband Ervin and children Christopher, Brandon and Deidra. Ron has many (10) grandchildren and (6) great grandchildren. Ron's celebration of life service will be held Saturday, August 11th at Southside United Protestant Church, 517 Jadwin Ave. in Richland at 1:00pm. I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one, I'd like to leave an afterglow of smiles while life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun, Of happy memories that I leave when life on earth is done. We will miss you, Dad. This is K7TGH signing off.

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