Ronald A. Thrall was born April 29, 1933 in Weiser, Idaho to Orville and Violet (Rush) Thrall. He passed away, at age 87, January 19, 2021 at his home in Pierce.
Ron spent his growing up years on the Salmon River, until the family moved to Orofino, and eventually Grangemont.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955, and was a part of the above ground nuclear testing conducted in Nevada.
He and Verla Mehl were married December 29, 1954 in Las Vegas, NV, while he was stationed at Camp Desert Rock, NV.
Following his military service, the couple moved to Grangemont, where he worked at O-Mill. They later moved to Lewiston and he was employed at General Tire until 1967, when the family moved to Pierce, Idaho. Following a brief stint with Max Roberts Logging, he began his career at Jaype Plywood Plant, retiring from his position as Dryer Tender in 1995.
After retirement Ron and Verla enjoyed several years of working seasonally in Juneau, AK doing dock security for the Cruise Line Agencies of Alaska.
He was a man of many talents, which included wood working, Dutch oven cooking and the ability to build or repair anything he set his mind to. He enjoyed camping, RV travel and any opportunity to have fun with family and friends.
Ron was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Pierce and was involved in many community and church service projects through the years. He was an avid supporter of the activities his children and grandchildren were involved in.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Verla, at the family home in Pierce; daughters and sons-in law, Ronda and Darvin Nelson and Cheryl and Dale McIntosh, all of Pierce and sons and daughters-in-law Rodney and Cindy Thrall and Randy and Donna Thrall, all of Oregon. His sister Deloris (Dee) Herman also survives him. He has 13 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Allen and grandson David Fallwell.
The family would like to especially thank Rod Hickman for his help during the final weeks of Ron’s life. His concern, wisdom and quick response in every crisis was a tremendous blessing to us all.
A private family viewing was held on January 22. A memorial service was held January 23, at the Pierce Community Center for family and close friends.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Faith Lutheran Church, PO Drawer C, Pierce, ID 83546 or to the charity of your choosing.