In Memory

Ron Stafford - Class Of 1968

Ron Stafford

As reported to me with sadden heart by Robin Stafford  (,) that her husband Ronny, Class of 1968, passed away on the 5th of September 2015 at his home in Quinlan, Texas. Ronald was born to Sherman and Bennie June Stafford in Riverside, California. Upon completion of High School, Ronald like many others from Moreno Valley heard the call and he joined the Marines... He like the rest of us after training were sent to Viet Nam. Ronald went on to serve his country with honor and distinction in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam Conflict. He would meet and marry Robin Gonzalez.

 "He was a great man, good person and my soulmate. I miss him terribly. He was out hunting, so he was doing what he loved to do.  

Ronald would work as a large engine mechanic for YRC for 19 years before retiring. Ronald loved the outdoors. He spent time riding his four-wheeler around his property, hunting and fishing. But Ronald's greatest passion was his family. He adored his wife and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. His was an open heart that will truly be missed by those who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Ronald's memory include his wife, Robin Stafford; son Shane Stafford and his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Shellee Stafford; grandchildren, Andrew, Clara, Hannah and Jacob; parents, Sherman and Bennie June Stafford; brother, Larry Stafford (Class of  '70), and his wife Janet; sister Jan Jones (Class of  '71); as well as numerous extended family, friends and neighbors.

His memorial celebration is this Friday here in Quinlan, but we are planning another memorial service at Riverside National Cemetery on Van Buren a lot later (he is being cremated) In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ronald's name to the local chapters of the Veterans of Foreign War.

Ronnie has come home to MoVal, where he grew up in the Val. He has returned to the ‘Halls of Valhalla’, where he has joined all who preceded him and returned to MoVal. To a time of our youth, a time of innocence and youth (well not all that innocent!) But a time when no one ever really got hurt and we looked out for one another.  Where we played all the childhood games and acted silly at night from catching fire flies to those games of spin the bottle at birthdays. To our first dance, to the gun club, in track, and matches in wrestling. 

He has left us in body but his spirit and memory are fully alive here on this website!  Lest we forget!! Semper Fi young Marine!  See you soon!!

I will let Terry know so as to notify his friends to pay their last respect one more time.


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09/09/15 06:04 PM #8    

Gale McMahon (Crager) (1968)

As soon as I saw his name - his gentle face came instantly to mind - so genuine and kind.  So good he saw his 65th Birthday for one last celebration in joy for all - he was clearly loved by many and will be missed by all. My hearfelt condolences to his wife and family - 

09/09/15 06:25 PM #9    

Terri Cronin (Balak) (1968)

As another Moval lifer, I remember Ronnie since the first grade. He was always a friend,with the cutest freckles. I smile thinking of those innocent days.

09/10/15 07:52 AM #10    

Jim Scott (1968)

I spent many a days and nights at the Stafford home while growning up in Sunnymead and enjoying the friendship of Ronnie, his brother and sister, mom and dad.  I remember Ronnie's work ethic when he was on the wrestling team and I was amazed at how hard he worked at making weight and the moves he learned to wrestle opponents to the mat.  Pound for pound, there was never a harder working or nicer person in MoVal HS. With the best of memories, my condolenses to his wife and family.


Jim Scott

09/11/15 11:32 AM #11    

Vickie White (1968)

I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing.  We met at Sunnymead Elementary School and graduated together.  A real gentleman, I never heard him say a bad word about anyone.  Having recently lost my husband I understand what the family is experiencing.  My thoughts are with them. 

Vickie (White) Seccombe

09/11/15 12:08 PM #12    

Linda Lomeli (Vigil) (1968)

I am sorry to hear the sad news of Ron's passing and pray for strength and comfort for his family.  He was liked by so many and loved by even more.  I have my utmost respect for all the men and women who were in the military and fought for our freedom.  Rest in peace Ron.

09/11/15 12:18 PM #13    

Kenneth Ward (1968)

It saddens me to hear about the passing of Ronnie. One of my fondest memories were the two years of playing little league on the same team. Even then Ronnie was a good natured hard-worker and dear friend. He maintained that caring persona throughout all of our years in school. He will be greatly missed by all. My condolences to his family.




09/17/15 07:46 AM #14    

John Baldaray (1968)

So sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. He was really one of the nicest guy in school, always available to lend a helping hand and always had a smile for you. My condolences to his family, he was a good person.

09/30/15 09:54 AM #15    

Donna Whitt (Mayo) (1968)

Prayers to you Robin and family for the loss of Ron. Semper Fi

God bless, The Mayo Sisters Mary Nelson, Donna Whitt and Patti Johnson

10/02/15 12:16 PM #16    

Royce Goodwin (1966)

Sorry to hear about Ron. I knew him in high school, but her was closer to my brother Steve (class of 68). Ron was a good person, and I liked him!

Royce Goodwin 66

10/03/15 04:16 PM #17    

Jim Bartlett (1968)

Having lived for many years I've known many fine people. Ron is at the top of that list. He was a great guy and a great friend. God bless you, Ron Stafford.

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