Jerome- Ronald L Lee, 67, was born October 4, 1948 in Des Moines, IA, and died May 3, 2016 in Jerome, ID, surrounded by loved ones, after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. One of a family of five, Ron moved to Hazel Green, WI where he spent his grade school through high school years. In high school he excelled in football as quarterback and captain of his team. Ron then attended college in Platteville, WI, and received his RN degree from Madison General School of Nursing in May of 1970. On July 4, 1970, Ron married Bernadette Burant (div.12/5/03). He then joined the United States Navy and after receiving officer’s training in Rhode Island earned his ensign’s commission, Ron worked in the ER at Philadelphia Naval Hospital and attended George Washington University in Bethesda, MD while working towards his Anesthesia degree. Upon receipt of his degree, he was promoted to Lieutenant and worked as a Nurse Anesthetist in California and Washington for the next 8 years. Ron then worked as a civilian over the next 20 years in Kelso, WA until moving to Jerome, ID in 1984 where he continued his work at St. Benedicts Hospital in Jerome, ID; Twin Falls Clinic and Hospital, Magic Valley Regional Medical Center and ENT Surgery Center in Twin Falls, ID, until 2003 and then Dodge Street Anesthesiologists, in Dubuque, IA.
Ron is preceded in death by his Father, Howard Lee (TX); his Mother Geraldine Lee (WI); his Brother Dennis (WI); his Sister Geraldine (CA), and his fiancée Angie Simon (IA). He is survived by his daughters, Tina Luper of Hagerman, ID; Jennifer Lee of Twin Falls, ID; his son Michael Lee (Julie), and grandsons Tristen and Conner of Twin Falls, ID.
An avid outdoorsman, Ron “Ronnie”, was passionate in his pursuit of large and upland game, skeet shooting, archery, camping, travel, golf, deep sea fishing, and the not so occasional unlucky bird that flew past his country home in Jerome, ID. A perfectionist and natural-born instructor, he was known for researching and testing every aspect of a hobby and for sharing what he’d learned with those of similar interests and desire to perfect their passion. Ron was a very generous man who deeply loved his family, made life-time friendships and was well regarded and respected throughout his professional career. Even towards the end of his life, when his life challenges were at their greatest, Ron’s charming, gentle nature and tough-as-nails constitution never failed to shine through and win the hearts of those around him. He will be missed by all that were fortunate to have been touched by him.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. , Monday, May 16, 2016 , at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2055 Filer Avenue East, Twin Falls, Idaho, with a reception to immediately follow.
Ron's family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in his name to: National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.
Arrangements are under the care of Farnsworth Mortuary of Jerome. www.farnsworthmortuary.com