Ronly Junior Cromwell
Aug. 15, 1932 – Feb 29, 2016
Ron died peacefully at home in Incline Village, surrounded by his loving wife and family. He leaves his beloved wife of 40 years, Gayle Cromwell; his son, Kelly Cromwell, his daughter Kim Woods and her husband Rocky Woods, his son Wayne Kauffmann and his wife Paisley, as well as many step children; Dave Ralstin, Sheryl Pinal and Lee Kauffmann. His brothers Donly, Skip and Rick and their wives and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Kendal Cromwell. He was born and raised in southern Minnesota, where many of his close and dear family members still reside. Ron enlisted in the Marine Corps when he was 19. He met his first wife Jackie (Paup) while in the service in So Cal and they returned to Minnesota to start their family. Ron moved his family to Incline Village January 1964. The village was still in the formative stage and Ron participated in the very beginnings of the development. His first job was as a construction foreman building the original Chateau. He worked over the years for Sayre Construction, Crystal Bay Development Co., IVGID, and also had his own business, Incline Woodcraft. Ron was locally known as an expert cabinet maker and carpenter. Ron was very active in the Optimist Club and helped them develop Preston Field, supported the Boy Scouts, was an umpire for Little League and a longtime member of the Incline volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid hunter and he passed that passion along to his sons. Ron and Gayle spent the last 30 winters traveling with their travel trailer to the Baja, Arizona and the Colorado River where they made many dear friends. Ron’s family and friends will always remember him for his integrity, work ethic, attention to detail, amazing will power and dedication to his family. He taught all of them the importance of a job well done, as well as how to enjoy time off. Everybody knows he gave the best hugs. At Ron’s request, there is no service planned. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Tahoe Truckee Hospice group, who kept Ron comfortable for over 7 months with lots of hugs and laughs exchanged.
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