Ronald (Ron) E. Soule of Vancouver, Washington, passed peacefully on Dec. 7, 2022 at the age of 90. He was born in Bozeman, Montana on Aug. 22, 1932, and relocated to Vancouver before serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Princeton Aircraft Carrier from 1951-1955, despite never learning to swim.
Upon an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1955, Ron worked as a Pot-Tender at the Alcoa Plant in Vancouver, Washington until 1967; and subsequently as an Outside Machinist in the Portland, Oregon shipyards until 1994.
Despite being hit by a car at the age of 8, Ron was an accomplished fast-pitch softball pitcher, and a bit of a local legend within the community. To this day the last name “Soule” is a recognizable one at local ball fields.
During his retirement years, Ron enjoyed spending time gardening, family barbecues, working on projects, and attending his grandchildren’s various sporting events.
Ron is survived by his brother Richard Soule; the mother of his children Mary Ann Gould; as well as his four children Greg Soule, Cathi Rhew, Robin Hicks, and Lori Marsh, all of Vancouver, Washington; and his two stepchildren Deryk Dement and Kim Smith, of Portland, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Soule. Ron also leaves behind a lasting legacy, including 20 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside celebration of life was held on Dec. 20, 2022, with a family summer celebration scheduled for August of 2023.