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In Memoriam: Ron Kendall (Jan.3, 1950 – Jan. 22, 2022)

Ron (Lightning, Ridgerunner) Kendall, 72, of Sublimity passed away at home Jan 10, 2022 after battling cancer and logging injuries. 

As a young man, Ron enjoyed spending time in the woods, camping, hunting and fishing. Ron moved to Arkansas with his mom and had his first daughter Kristie. Ron then met the love of his life, Marilyn. After a whirlwind five months, the two of them decided to make it forever on July 16, 1977. 

With Ron’s love of the woods, the couple decided to move back to Oregon where he worked as a logger. Three more children joined their family, Chanda, Heather and Chet. They continued their love story for 44 and a half years before he lost his battle to cancer.

At the end of his time, he enjoyed collecting and trading his treasures with friends. Ron loved his family unconditionally, and loved giving his grandchildren rides on his scooter. He will be remembered by his loved ones by his stories he told about his youth and wanting extra thick milkshakes.  

Ron is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Kristie, Chanda, Heather and Chet; mother, Jean Davidson; sister, Jacqui (Ken) Lafferty; brothers, Joe (Angela) Davidson and Mark (Vickie) Davidson; and grandchildren; Farrah, Madelyn, Takisha, Jayden, Koda, Riley, Vann, Avinley and Sylas; and a great-grandson, Bentley. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester; brother, Donnie; sister, Brenda; and granddaughter Henley Hope. 

A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 5 at Stayton Christian Church, 189 E Washigton St. It will also be livestreamed at The family will have a private reception following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Brighton Hospice, 2601 SE 25h St, Ste 100, Salem, OR  97302.

 Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

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