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Ronald Leon Brenton
May 28, 1949 ~ Sept. 5, 2019
Ronald L. “Ronnie” Brenton, Technical Sergeant (Retired), USAF, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at 11:45 a.m., on Sept. 5, 2019, in Loma, Colorado.
Ronnie was born on May 28, 1949, in Rangely, Colorado, to Dean and Lavada Brenton. He graduated from Rangely High School in 1967. After school Ronnie worked in the oil fields until he joined the United States Air Force on Aug. 21, 1968. He served in the Vietnam War.
Upon returning to U.S. soil he was married and had three children. Ronnie was stationed in California, Wyoming, Texas, Alaska and Arizona. Ronnie retired honorably Sept. 1, 1988, as a highly skilled and decorated C-130 Hercules flight engineer who flew missions throughout the world.
After retiring from the Air Force, Ronnie relocated to Grand Junction, Colorado, and started a second career as a mail handler with the U.S. Postal Service. Ronnie married his beloved wife Lodema “Dee” and traveled in their RV spending time with family and friends. They relocated to Quartzsite, Arizona, in 2014, and spent several summers camp hosting in Oregon at Timothy Lake.
Ronnie had many professional accomplishments but he is best known for his outstanding character. He was a gentleman of great integrity, wisdom, and generosity. Ronnie was known for his caring nature and great sense of humor. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandpa, son and brother; a loving man who cared deeply for his family and friends. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and attended car shows with “Daddy’s Lil’ Sweetheart.”
His presence and his enormous sense of humor will be profoundly missed by his family and friends and all those he touched over the course of his incredible life. You are our hero, Ronnie. We will miss you and love you always and forever!
Ronnie is survived by his beloved wife Lodema “Dee” Brenton; sons Paul Brenton (Laura), Curtis Brenton (Jeannie), daughter DeAnna Crabb (Brett); stepsons Benjamin Burket (Esmeralda) and Shawn Burket (Selena); brother Richard Brenton (Liz); 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents Dean and Lavada Brenton, brother William “Bill” Brenton, sister Janet Brenton and granddaughter Sierra Brenton.
Visitation and funeral service are scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Victory Life Church, 2066 Highway 6&50, Fruita, Colorado. Visitation from 10-11 a.m. Funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 2830 Riverside Pkwy., Grand Junction, Colorado at 1 p.m. Reception at Victory Life Church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Ronald Brenton Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.