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1934 Ronald 2023

Ronald Louis Carmichael

August 19, 1934 — November 11, 2023


Ron was born in San Francisco, California to Bernadine (nee Mignola) and Frederick Carmichael on August 19, 1934.  He grew up in San Jose, California, and attended Bellarmine College Preparatory HS and Santa Clara University. He worked as an electronic engineer for Litton Industries in California. He married Virginia Odell in 1963. They had seven children, Christine, Steven, Carole, Catherine, Kelly, Joseph, and Matthew, and lived in San Jose, California, until moving to Vader, Washington in the late 1970’s where they owned and operated the former 3 Corners Gas Station and Store.  In 1979, Ron & Virginia divorced.


In 1982, Ron married Jeanne Fetters (nee Craig). Ron sold the store and he and Jeanne lived in Toledo, Washington. They worked and traveled together to festivals and art shows throughout the Pacific Northwest selling Jeanne’s pen & ink drawings and paintings. Once they retired as art vendors, they continued their love of traveling and visited many new places throughout the US and abroad. They later purchased a condo in Las Vegas, Nevada, to enjoy the warm winters, 50’s lounge shows as well as the buffets.


Ron was dedicated and instrumental in blocking the completion of several power plants in Washington during the 1980’s.  He also taught Small Business Classes at Centralia College.


Ron passed away on November 11, 2023.  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Fred and Bernie Carmichael, Daughter, Christine Carmichael, Son, Matthew Carmichael and Stepson, Kelly Fetters.


Ron is survived by his sons: Steve (Nina) Carmichael, Portland, OR, and Joseph Carmichael, Sherwood, OR, and his daughters: Carole Carmichael, Portland, OR, Catherine (Karl) Fetters, Toledo, WA, and Kelly (Robert) Alesna, Portland, OR.  His grandchildren: Nichole, Cameron, Victoria, Daniel, Megan, Makiah, and Seth, and 11 great-grand children.


Ron was a life-long, faithful fan of the San Francisco Forty-Niners. His love of the team and the game started at an early age growing up in the Bay area. He was a season-ticket holder when the Niners played at Kezar Stadium and attended several games at Candlestick Park, even some after moving to Washington. He passed his love of the 49ers onto his children and grandchildren, who gathered often on game days to wear the colors and cheer on their Team. Ron firmly believed the outcome of the game was determined by the pre-game coin toss. His strong feelings for the game and his colorful commentary towards both the players and referees will be greatly missed! Dad, the Niners won the toss! Go 49ers!!


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