Ninth Generation


4592. Ronald Becker Garretson was born on 18 September 1920 in Salem, Henry Co., Iowa.181 He died on 19 October 2007 at the age of 87 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California.181 Pasadena Star-News, Pasadena, California, October 28, 2007:
GARRETSON-Col. Ronald Becker Garretson (ret) Died Oct 19, 2007 at home in Pasadena, CA. Born in 1920 as the youngest of 3 sons, on the family farm near Salem. Iowa, to Herman John Garretson and Marion Scott Becker. His mother died when the boys were 5, 6 and 7. The boys followed their father as he traveled as an insurance executive to live in Indianola, IA, Menlo Park CA, Seattle, WA, and Winnetka Ill. Ron attended 4 of the finest high schools in the country, Garfield (Seattle), Lakeside (Seattle), New Trier (Winnetka), and Marshall (Los Angeles), where he played football and ran track. Summers were happily spent at Camp Orkila, WA. Ron graduated from the U of Washington in 1943, pledging Phi Gamma Delta, following in his brother's footsteps. Ron earned his W running hurdles. After graduation, WWII called, and Ron entered Army OCS class of 360. Active duty was spent in Italy in the 5th Army, 92nd infantry division. Ron remained in the Reserves, retiring as a Colonel in 1977. Post war years were spent as a journalist in West Seattle, and Indio California. Familial duty called Ron to follow his father to Garretson Mortgage Company in Los Angeles, where he worked until his retirement. Ron married Ann Aragone in 1954 in Tacoma WA, and settled down in Pasadena, CA. Happy family life followed with 3 children, Ron Jr., Cynthia and Catherine. Ron was happily married for 45 years, until Ann's death in 2000. Ron was a gentleman, a kind, quiet man with the highest integrity, enjoying reading and history (especially military). He loved watching sports on TV, and was a devout Husky fan his whole life. He has been a wonderful role model for his family. We will miss him dearly. Affiliations with: Phi Gamma Delta, E Clampus Vitus, Pasadena Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Preceded in death by wife Ann Aragone in 2000, brothers Herman and Frank, and leaves son Ron Jr. (Diane), daughters Cynthia (Rob Shurtleff) and Catherine (Greg Bartz) , and grandchildren Lindsey and Ron Garretson III; Kyle and Kathryn Shurtleff and Julianne and Ryan Bartz. Celebration of life on Sunday Nov 11 at his home in Pasadena at 3pm. Reception to follow. Ron will be cremated and ashes spread with Ann. Call Cindy for details 206-325-9246. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to University of Washington Husky Football, UW Athletics, Tyee Office-Box 354070, Seattle, WA, 98195, Attn: Ronald Garretson Fund.

Ronald Becker Garretson and Ann Aragone were married on 24 November 1954 in Tacoma, Pierce Co., Washington.1734 Ann Aragone was born on 15 March 1922.181 She died on 8 February 2000 at the age of 77 in Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., California.181,1734 From the Seattle Daily Times, November 28, 1954: Ann Aragone Wed to R. B. Garretson. Miss Ann Aragone and Mr. Ronald B. Garretson were married Wednesday evening in Tacoma. The bridegroom's brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Garretson, were their only attendants. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Aragone of Spokane. She attended the University of Washington. Mr. Garretson is the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Garretson of South Pasadena, Calif. A graduate of the university, he is a member of Fir Tree, Oval Club, Big W, Purple Shield and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity.

Same newspaper on November 5, 1954 in Marriage Licenses; Ronald B. Garretson, 34, S. Pasadena, Calif. to L. Ann Aragone, 32, 1415 E. Olive St.

Ronald Becker Garretson and Ann Aragone had the following children:

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Ronald Becker Garretson Jr. was born in 1955 in Los Angeles Co., California.

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Cynthia A. Garretson was born in 1958 in Los Angeles Co., California.

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Catherin M. Garretson was born in 1963 in Los Angeles Co., California.