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Ronald Dean Delzer
August 20, 1936 ~ October 18, 2022 (age 86) 86 Years Old
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Born 8-20-36 in Provo, UT and passed away on 10-18-2022 at home in Federal Way, WA.
Ron is survived by his, daughter Stephanie Delzer, son Ronnie Delzer, granddaughters Zoe Delzer and Tori Rupp, 2 sisters, 2 brothers, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
His passion was playing his saxophone and loved all sorts of music genres; jazz being his favorite. When he was a young boy, he started out learning percussions and then took up the tenor sax. As a young man, he played in back up bands over the years in the Salt Lake City area when big name bands would come into town. He also played in the Army National Guard band and continued his hobby for as long as he could until he diagnosed with cancer in 2021. He was a Seahawks Season Ticket Holder since they were a franchise team in 1976. He enjoyed attending games with his daughter, son and friends. He was actually a huge sports fan and enjoyed watching and attending ALL sporting events. He also enjoyed golfing once a week with his buddies after he retired.
Ron’s strong work ethic started when he was a paper boy in Elementary school. He delivered newspapers in rain, snow, or sleet and never missed a day. He worked in the Steel, Gas, and Oil industry in Utah where he met his wife, Tommy Ann, in 1966. They got married 6 months later. He accepted a position at Sam Dick Company in Seattle and moved to Lynnwood, WA when Tommy Ann was pregnant with Stephanie in 1967. Ron held a variety of different positions from Operations, to Purchasing at Weyerhauser and retired as a san extremely successful salesperson from Anixter Corporation in 2001.
After retiring from Anixter, Ron volunteered as a Delivery Driver once a week for Meals on Wheels. They could always count on Ron to cover other driver’s shifts too when they were unavailable. Ron hung the towel after 20 years and retired in 2021 as one of their best and loyal volunteers.
Ron was the patriarch of his family, had the biggest giving heart, and always lent a helping hand, advice, and financial assistance when needed. He was a member of Journey Church in Federal Way where he ushered, volunteered and went on several missions trips post the Hurricane Katrina clean up. He and Tommy Ann were always so proud of the work that they and the Missions team did to help families in need who had lost their homes and livelihood from the devastation of that hurricane. They met lifelong friends there and Ron became a true believer/Christian during this very special time.
The impact and impression he left on his family, friends and community will be treasured forever. He was a wonderful provider, husband, father and brother to his siblings, son, grandfather, uncle, nephew & cousin.
We are at peace and solace knowing that he is reunited with his bride, Tommy Ann, of 56 years…for eternity. He will be missed by all who know and loves him.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. ~ Psalm 73:26”
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Journey Church | 701 S. 320th Street | Federal Way, WA 98023 | 253.839.6822 | https://journeychurchpeople.churchcenter.com/home - Identify “Missions” on your donation.