Ronald Joseph Vanderschuere, Jr.

Born: Wed., Aug. 23, 1967
Died: Sat., Sep. 25, 2010

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Ronald Joseph Vanderschuere Jr. – a resident of Cornelius, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly on September 25, 2010 at the age of 43 as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Pendleton, Oregon. A celebration of his life will be held on October 10, 2010 at 1:00 P.M. at 34560 SW Johnson School Road, Cornelius, OR 97113. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a local charity in Ron's name. Sign the guestbook online at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Born on August 23, 1967 in Hillsboro, Oregon, Ron was raised in Hillsboro and St. Joseph, Missouri. He attended Skaith Elementary School in St. Joseph before returning to live in Hillsboro in 1979. Ron finished his secondary education, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1985. He attended Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, and was awarded an Associate's degree in Auto/Diesel Mechanics. After graduating from college, Ron worked at Silver Eagle Company in Portland for 9 years. He moved to La Grande, Oregon in 1996 as an employee of Eagle Freightliner, then Western States Caterpillar. In 2004 he became a self-employed heavy duty diesel technician working throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ron lived in the Eastern Oregon area until 2007 when he moved to the family farm in Cornelius. At the time of his death, he was the maintenance manager at Gold Hill/R&S Nurseries. A lifelong hunter and fisherman, Ron spent his life outdoors and was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed hunting for deer, elk, duck, and geese. In recent years, Ron enjoyed participating in a Wild West re-enactment group, Turkey Creek Desperadoes. Known as "Dutch Mackenzie" Ron performed in parades and shows throughout the Pacific Northwest. He is survived by his son, Caleb Vanderschuere of Pendleton; his daughter, Ashley Vanderschuere of Newberg; his parents, Ronald and Kathleen Vanderschuere of Cornelius; his sister, Kelly Vanderschuere Lowry, and her family of Hillsboro and his grandmother, Berteen Jansen of Cornelius.

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Michelle
   Posted Thu September 30, 2010
Cousin Ronnie, rest in peace man

Beverly Sinha
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
Thank you for being who you became. RIP RJ love Aunt Bev

Tina
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
RJ--I miss you! those sparkling eyes and big heart! you opened my heart and touched my soul when I didn't believe it was possible,I will forever be grateful for the time we shared!! Thoughts and prayers with your family! You will be missed!!are xxoo Rest in Peace Sweet Man God Bless!! Tina

Rhonda Davis
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
I remember you as the little boy that just always seemed to find a way to get into mischief, that grew into the tall, handsome cowboy. Thinking of your precious family. Knowing you want them cared for and loved.

Rhonda Davis
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
I remember you as the little boy that just always seemed to find a way to get into mischief, that grew into the tall, handsome cowboy. Thinking of your precious family. Knowing you want them cared for and loved.

Audrey
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
We know that you are missed so much by all who loved you! May many good memories be a comfort to your family.

Wayne Van Raden
   Posted Fri October 01, 2010
RJ, you touched my heart at a very young age. "Heaven needed a HERO" and choose you.... RIP my friend and we will get together down the the trail...

Colleen Golden
   Posted Tue October 12, 2010
My thoughts and prayers are with Ronalds family and friends. I was priviledged to meet Dutch a few times and in those visits saw how caring, smart and giving a man he was. His offer to present his wild west act to our cub scouts was very thoughtful. He will be missed!

Steven Black
   Posted Fri October 22, 2010
R.J.; You were the inspiration for us to start up "BOOMTown Desperadoes" and go from pirate to cowboy. You left a big hole in the world, my friend, and it will be impossible to fill.

Steven Black
   Posted Tue November 16, 2010
R.J.; You were the inspiration for us to start up "BOOMTown Desperadoes" and go from pirate to cowboy. You left a big hole in the world, my friend, and it will be impossible to fill.

peggy hillecke
   Posted Sat November 27, 2010
In jr. high you were the skinny loud boy that rode the bus, We grew into great friends. We danced,played pool, and drank alot. Country life we loved together.You married moved and became a father. When you moved back home and into my crazy life, All summer long u strived to make my life better,all the time you put into moms house and garden. You planted he garden in hopes mom would return to watch it grow. You made me understand that there is really good people in this world that don't need to be paid just thanked. We laughed alot and yelled at eachother many times, but the times you cried with me, made us closer by far. You broke the rules by not saying goodbye and i got here first,i should have left first. you left Sept. 25, mom followed you Nov 18. I miss you both.love you forever. save me a seat.

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