Ronald Edward LaClair " Big Ron or Moose", 85 of Melbourne Florida passed away unexpectedly on Sunday Jun e 24, 2018 with family at his side.
Ronald was born on May 5, 1933 in St. Paul Minnesota. At a very young age he felt he needed to service his county and joined the United States Navy for a short time before they sent him home after realizing his young age. Still wanting to service his county he joined the United States Army and served 22 years. While in the military he traveled to many countries, England, Germany, Korea and Viet Nam - twice TTY and one full year. While in England he met his first wife Pamela (deceased) , together they had four children Simone, Yvonne (deceased), Ronald Martin, and youngest Timothy.
Then later in life after retiring from the US Army and after the loss of his wife he met Billie Joann Woodring and her four son's Richard, Brett, Leslie, and youngest Derek. They were married on January 2, 1977 and for the next 41 years they shared a wonderful loving marriage where they raised 8 children together and several grandchildren. Even with such a large family they both agreed no matter what trials they faced they would stick together through thick and thin. They stood firm there were no favorites. He ruled with a firm hand and never wavering love for his 8 children, 19 grandchildren , and 24 great grandchildren.
One of his favorite past times was speck fishing with his friend Jerry Fresse. Ronald also had another passion that was helping with the crippled and burned children through the Azan Shrine. Ronald was a Mason and Past Master of Harbor City Lodge (1986) and Past Potentate of Azan Shrine (1996)
A Celebration of Life and Service will be held on Thursday June 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the Azan Shrine Center located at 159l W. Eau Gallie Blvd. Melbourne, FL 32935.
On Friday June 29, 2018 at 1 P.M Ron will be interred at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery located at 5525 US Highway 1 North, Mims, FL 32754 with full military burial. The family welcomes all friends and family to join us for the services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Azan Shrine Transportation or a charity of your choice.