Ronald Lorne Grandy Deeney, born in Ontario Canada on April 15, 1930, passed away from complications of a stroke on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at his place of residence in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ron migrated with his mother, Gladys and his sister, Eileen at age 8 through Vancouver, B.C., to the United States. Just after high school he joined the Marine Corps, where he served for 20 years, seeing combat in both Korea and Vietnam. He married Myrna Janet Morris and had four sons: Steve, Mike, Keith and David. Years later, he married Eullene (Scotty) Ann Campbell-Lusardi.
Together they blended their families, and her children, Robin and Vince, filled out the brood that would fill their lives for years to come with joy and pride. Together they moved their family from Southern California to Winchester, Idaho, and finally settled in Grangeville, Idaho. It was there where Ron embraced fly fishing in the streams and back country lakes of the Frank Church Wilderness Area, horseback riding on his Appaloosa horses, Dolly and Vaquero, and where he and Scotty ran The Copper Hood restaurant, which is still spoken of fondly by the locals.
He was part owner and administrator of the Grangeville Convalescent Center with Arden Higgs for many years.
He was a member of the Elks and the Kiwanis Club of Grangeville. He loved riding his Harley Davidson and Honda motorcycles and piloting his little two-seater Aircoupe. He and Scotty loved traveling across country in their motor home and spending time with their family and friends. He was most comfortable alongside a mountain stream, fishing pole in hand, or kicking back with friends on a Friday night at the Elks Lodge.
Ron is preceded in death by his mother, Gladys Eby, and his son, Michael Norman Deeney. He was loved as much as he loved life. A father, husband and true friend.
He is survived by his sons, Steve, Keith, and David; stepchildren, Robin and Vince Lusardi; and is survived by his grandchildren: Austin, Bryce, Josh, Alex and Aaron Deeney; and great grandchildren: Donovan and Raelyn Deeney; and a grandson due mid-December of this year.
A memorial service will be held in Grangeville, Spring 2017. Details will be forthcoming. Any inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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