Ronald Devere Boucher

Born: Tue., Sep. 9, 1930
Died: Wed., May 1, 2019

No services to be held

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Ron Boucher was probably capable of anything he put his mind to. He was a machinist, tool-and-dye maker, educator, carpenter, mechanic, church youth leader, tailor, river guide, truck driver, cabinet maker, first responder, writer, correspondent, caretaker and missionary. One time he said he could never live long enough to do everything he wanted to do. He put his whole heart into whatever he was doing and was known for working long hours to get it done right.

Ron loved peppermint ice cream, dark chocolate, and putting picture puzzles together. He spent many hours putting puzzles together with his sister who said, "he was the best brother a girl could ever have!"  He loved all critters, his family, and most especially, he had a deep love for God.

Ron earned his college degree while his five children were young. His average day began at six every morning and didn’t end before midnight. Within a year of graduation, he moved his family to north Idaho where he was a school teacher and principal for many years.

Ron lived in Michigan, Indiana, California, Montana, Idaho, Washington, North Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee and Oregon. He also stayed in Sweden for several months to help build a health retreat and traveled to Africa a number of times over ten years. Of all the places he lived, Ron made especially good friends in Minnesota and Tennessee.  Africa also held a special place in his heart,  as he had many fond memories of the people he had come to know and love during his many trips there. For the last five years, Ron lived in the Pendleton area and he grew to love and respect his fellow residents at the Sun Ridge Retirement Community.

Some of his greatest blessings were his family, the opportunity to help raise his grandson, and working with the McNeilus family in Minnesota. Some of his greatest adventures were traveling throughout Europe, walking across England, and volunteering with Gospel Outreach. He also took some pride in being involved with one of the earliest prototypes of proton radiation therapy that is now used for cutting edge cancer therapy at Loma Linda University Cancer Center in California.

As a deeply dedicated and devoted Christian, he found great meaning in Micah 6:8 "to act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with God." The happiest discovery of his life was when he came to know he didn't have to earn his way to Heaven - that it was a gift all along.

Ron is survived by his wife Loretta, sister Pat, four daughters (Renee, Melody, Merry and Sam), one son (David), six grandsons (RJ, Chris, Cole, Kevin, Josh and Tyler), one granddaughter (Abby),  two great grandchildren (Amber and Christopher), and one niece (Kim). He was preceded in death by his former wives, Lucille and Hazel, and his nephew Rob.

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Renee Sanders
   Posted Wed May 15, 2019
Ron spent his early years surviving the great  depression and it made a lasting impression on him. He moved from one area to another and from one family or situation to another, experiencing great loss and heartache. Throughout his life he remained anchored in God. Africa was a prized adventure - every time - of complete trust in God and giving his all.


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