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Obituary for Ronald Roy Oviatt

April 25, 1949 - September 15, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 70


Ronald Roy Oviatt was born in Merced, California on April 25, 1949 to Lila and Wells Oviatt, Jr., who had been hoping for a little girl after having had two boys. Instead they received twin boys which they named Donald Ray and Ronald Roy. They joined their two older brothers Fredric Wells and Gordon Edward Oviatt. They resided at California's San Joaquin's Valley. The family tended a dairy farm and orchard in the valley.

In 1952, the Oviatt family moved from California to the Portland, Oregon area and obtained a homestead. While growing up in Oregon Ron loved to go fishing with his father and brothers. They also did quite a lot was hiking and camping. He and the family would prowl the trails of the Columbia River Gorge, going the top of Multnomah Falls, hiking in to Oneonta Gorge Trail, Bridal Veil Falls, Horse Tail Falls, and in the warmer weather swimming at Rooster Rock State Park, where he learned how to swim.

The family was also active in the church and various youth activities. Ron and the siblings enjoyed the adventures of the Pathfinders, frequently camping on some beautiful lakes and camping ground as well as contending with the less than appetizing vegetarian food of the period.

After moving to Portland, the family would spend a lot of time in a house at Lincoln City on the coast. He spent time picking and collecting agates, colorful stones washed up on the beach in that area. The family moved to different places in Portland, and that gave an opportunity for the twins to attend Portland Adventist Academy until their move to Hillsboro where the twins attended J.W. Pointer Middle School and then Hillsboro High School, in which he played the baritone horn with the marching band. By 1966, Roy was drafted to the Army at the age of 17 years old. He was trained as a medic and driver of heavy machinery and was sent to Japan to care for casualties of the Vietnam war as they were evacuated from the conflict.

After the war in 1978, he decided to take the Licensed Practical Nurse Course at Madigan Medical Center at Fort Lewis, WA and graduated third in his class. Upon graduating from Madigan, Ron worked as a reservist and had a chance to work at Portland Medical Center. This was when Ron met Ramel, who was a student nurse at that time. Divine Providence had put the two together as Roy started working at Orthopedic floor where Ramel worked as well.

The two were engaged and then married on December 19, 1982. They both enjoyed visiting the coast and spent some time with Ron's parents as well.

The couple decided to move to Texas in 1985 due to educational and economic reasons. Ron enjoyed his stay in Texas. He met many friends that had been so dear to him. It took a while before they were blessed with a child. After many years, God blessed them with Alyssa-Joy. This had been the highlight of Roy's life. He worked hard and helped with the responsibilities of raising her.

The little family had many adventures together, going on long driving trips across the country to visit family and see the sites, oftentimes accompanied by his mother, Lila. Ron had a chance to take care of his mother once she moved in with the family until she passed away in 2006.

He continued to work at the Baptist Downtown Hospital for almost 30 years until the exacerbation of his Parkinson's disease forced him to retire in 2011. Most of his friends and coworkers missed him being the entrusted person who set up most of their tractions for orthopedic patients and starting the most difficult IVs.

He became more involved with church works, including Pathfinders and even church planting, suggesting a new church when Fil-Am Church was busting its seams. He enjoyed the members of the new established church, not forgetting the other members of Fil-Am with which he kept in touch with. He loved spending time talking to him and socializing with them.

Ron was always a help with the Pathfinder club, helping to transport supplies and set up camp. An eternal shutterbug, he was always there ready to capture a moment, whether at church activities or during one of the family's many road trips.

He enjoyed doing a lot of travelling to different National Park with his mother, fishing, hiking, camping, and enjoying going on field trips with Alyssa-Joy. He was tickled with joy about going to Egypt, Israel, Jerusalem, and other Holy Sites during the spring of 2019. He enjoyed the comradery of the tour group and friends despite the challenges of Parkinson's disease. Most of all, he enjoyed the weekends he spent with his brothers this past summer. God had blessed him through the years. Ron was a beloved Husband, Father, Brother, and Uncle. He will be missed.

Ron is survived by his wife Ramel, daughter Alyssa-Joy, and brothers Fred, Gordon, and Donald.

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In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Filipino All-Nations Pathfinder and Youth club. Checks can be made to the Treasurer, Filipino All-Nations Church, 13222 Bandera Road, Helotes, TX 78023.

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