SALIDA, Colo.—Salida resident and former Chaffee County Commissioner Ronald Jacob Ours, Sr. passed away peacefully at home on Dec. 7, 2013. He was 79.
A Pennsylvania native, Ron was born in 1934 at home in Pulaski Township to Jacob and Dorothy Ours. He graduated from New Brighton High School in 1952, and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 1953 to 1956, rising to the rank of sergeant. He trained and served as a helicopter and jet fighter mechanic.
Ron met his wife, Gloria, while stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, Wash. The two were married at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Spokane in 1956 and settled in Western Pennsylvania, residing in Daugherty Township. Ron worked with his dad in the family heavy truck sales and truck parts business. Ron and Gloria moved their young family to Loveland, Colo. in the fall of 1967 where he owned his own truck sales business. The family then moved to Salida in the spring of 1970, where Ron continued in the truck sales and repair business. He later worked in sales with the Center Motor Car Company in Center, retiring in 2006.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, hunting and hiking in the nearby mountains, and fishing on the Arkansas River and at local lakes, streams and reservoirs. He also enjoyed road travel, making a number of family trips over the years to visit relatives in various locations around the country.
Ron was civically active throughout his life, serving as a captain with the Daugherty Township-Volunteer Fire Department in Beaver County, Pennsylvania in the 1960s. He was elected as a Chaffee County commissioner in November 1984, serving in office from January 1985 to January 1989. He was a past commander of the Ray Lines American Legion Post, where he served on the Boy’s State and Memorial Day Parade committees; a member of the Knights of Columbus and a past member of the Salida Sertoma Club.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Dorothy, a sister Carol Ours; sister-in-law Gail Ours and brother-in-law M. Ray Spurlock.
He is survived by his wife Gloria, sons Ronald J. (Tammy) Ours, Jr. of Denver, and Rev. Donald Ours of Dallas, Texas; daughters Annette (Brian) Cates of Centennial, and Shauna (Scott) Paulson of Golden; grandchildren, Brianna (Kevin) Clerkin; Michael Cates and Emily Cates; Ronald Jacob (Jake) Ours, III and Audrey Ours; Erik (Carissa) Paulson; Brian (Kristen) Paulson; and Katy Paulson; great grandchildren: Dylan Clerkin and Mallory Clerkin; and Elyse Paulson; his sister, Cheryl (Cliff) Belkowski; brothers, Robert (Joan) Ours, and Dean (Karen) Ours, all of Pennsylvania; brothers and sisters-in-law, Marian Spurlock; Ronald Christensen; Charles L. Robb; Debra (Vincent) Gongora of Utah. Ron also had many nieces, nephews and extended family throughout the U.S.For the complete article see the 12-12-2013 issue.