January 13, 1942 - January 26, 2017
Ronald William “Ron” Brady, 75 passed away January 26, 2017 of natural causes. He was born January 13, 1942 in Lebanon, Oregon to Clifford and Elinor Brady.
Ron graduated from Sweet Home High School in 1960. In 1961 he attended Oregon State University where he studied forestry. In 1962 Ron enlisted in the United States Army where he served from 1962 to 1965. He was stationed in South Korea and finished his enlistment in Georgia.
In 1964 while on leave, Ron met the love of his life, Sharon Mays through a mutual friend. They began dating when Ron was discharged from active duty and were married in July, 1965.
In March of 1967 Ron and Sharon welcomed their new son, Sean Brady into the world. Sean is father to Ron’s beloved grandsons, Tarren William Brady and Alden Darryl Brady. Ron found great joy spending time with his grandsons, and often took them to the family cabin in La Pine where they fished and enjoyed the outdoors.
Ron had many hobbies. He enjoyed leathercraft, golf, fishing, and skiing. He often completed two crossword puzzles a day.
Ron had a love for the woods and soon found employment in the logging industry. This led to his employment with the U.S. Forest Service where he had a career that spanned 32 years. One of his proudest accomplishments was the construction of major sections of the Pacific Crest Trail.
While working with the USFS Ron found a love for aviation. For over 26 years Ron worked with the Air Tanker Fire Retardant Program. During that time, Ron completed his flight training and obtained his private pilot’s license. He owned an aircraft for many years, and flying brought him great joy.
Ron has been an important part of the Medford airport community for over 44 years. Ron was a pilot for the Civil Air Patrol and worked with cadets. After his retirement from the USFS Ron began working with Fixed Base Operators at the airport. In the last 17 years, he has worked for Pacific Flights, Southern Oregon Skyways, Medford Air Service, Jet Center MFR and had been employed by Million Air Medford since 2009.
He was loved by his coworkers and took the time to invest in new people to pass on his wisdom and experience. Ron knew more people in private aviation in Medford than virtually anyone. The loss to the Medford airport community is immense. He often told his family he wanted to work all his life. He loved his work, and worked until he passed.
Ron is survived by his wife, Sharon Brady; son, Sean Brady; and grandsons, Tarren and Alden Brady. He was preceded in death by his parents.