Remembering Ron Anderson

As some of you may have seen, Ron Anderson, a longtime Kitsap County attorney, past away suddenly March 26.

His memorial was held in Kitsap County Superior Courtroom 212 Friday, in a ceremony that included hanging his picture on the wall with other deceased members of the Kitsap County Bar Association.

I got to work with Ron on a yearly event he loved: Kitsap County Law Day, held traditionally on the first Friday in May. This year’s law day will go forth, and I will have details upcoming on the blog next week.

I have attached information about Ron from an email I received that has a little more about him.

11/24/46 – 3/26/08

Ronald Evan Anderson, 61, of Bremerton, Washington, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 26, 2008, at Harrison Medical Center.

Ron was born in Bremerton on November 24, 1946, and graduated from West High School in Bremerton. He served in the United States Army before going on to receive his master of science degree from Gonzaga University in 1975 and his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1976.

Ron was admitted to the Washington Bar in 1977. He started his law practice in Kingston, Washington in 1979 before relocating to Bremerton in 1983, where he became partners with the late Merrill Wallace.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Donald V. and Dorothy G. Anderson. He is survived by one sister and three brothers: Linda, Medford, Oregon; Eric, Onalaska, Washington; Sigurd, Melbourne, Australia; and Donald, Des Moines, Iowa.

Ron was an active outdoorsman, camper, hiker, and explorer. He enjoyed his other hobbies of painting and car restoration. He had preserved and maintained the family heirloom, a 1958 Ford Edsel Bermuda Wagon, for many years.

Ron was also a member of the Central Bremerton Lions Club for more than 35 years. He served as their valued and hard working Foundation Secretary for 15 years.

Ron’s passion was for the practice of law, and he had maintained his private practice in Bremerton for over 25 years, specializing in estate settlements, wills, guardianships and trusts. Ron was the first to volunteer whenever the Kitsap Bar Association had an event or need. For many years, Ron faithfully donated his time to several judges as their campaign treasurer, receiving many accolades from the Public Disclosure Commission for his accurate and timely reports.

Ron was especially known and admired for his dedication to Law Day, an outstanding, annual Kitsap County event celebrating the freedoms that the law preserves for our society by honoring various citizens who had made significant contributions during the preceding year. Ron was the engine that drove the student essay contest: Every year Ron drafted three new questions based on contemporary legal issues and gathered a group of lawyers and judges in his office to select the winners to receive awards at Law Day.

Ron’s generosity and sincerity were legendary. Members and affiliates of the Kitsap Bar Association join his family and other friends in mourning his passing.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service is planned for 3:15 pm, Friday afternoon, April 11, 2008, in courtroom 212 of the Kitsap County Courthouse, 614 Division Street, in Port Orchard.

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