Ronald Scott Field, 47, was born on February 25, 1971, in Corvallis, Oregon on his father’s birthday and passed away from cancer on August 4 in Prairie City, surrounded by his family. A graveside service was held August 11 at Prairie City Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, August 18 at Wild Bleu at 1:00 in Madras, Oregon.
After birth, Ronald lived with his family in Corvallis, Oregon; Prairie City, Oregon; Pasco, Washington; and Clatskanie, Oregon before traveling all over the world with his family. As a teenager, he lived in Yemen, visited Great Britain, France, Germany, Egypt, Cyprus, and Kenya and traveled to Egypt and Syria with the Sanaa International School soccer team. In his high school years, he attended Sanaa International School (Yemen), Salzburg Preparatory School (Austria), Corvallis High School (Oregon), and graduated from Prairie City High School in 1989.
Ronald worked for Brightwood Corporation in Madras, Oregon for 25 years working his way up to shift supervisor. He made many good friends there and in the Madras community. It was easy to get to know Ronald and to become his friend. He had a special gift for being able to lift up others and make them smile. He was always positive and upbeat and a joy to be around, but his greatest accomplishment was raising his beautiful daughter Melissa.
Ronald lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent many enjoyable days fly fishing with his grandfather Harvey and family. He also enjoyed hunting, camping, golfing, bicycling, travel, sports, cooking, playing cards and Scrabble. He was an avid coach and supporter of his daughter Melissa’s many sporting events in soccer, softball, swimming, and water polo. A highlight was traveling to southern California three times for USA Water Polo Junior Olympics competition.
He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Madras Aquatic Center, the water polo teams, swimming program, and the Madras softball team. He loved OSU Beaver sports and NFL football. The past year he felt privileged to be able to watch his nephew Jojari and the Prairie City basketball team earn second place in the 1A State Basketball Tournament.
His survivors are his parents Richard Dee and Melody Ann Field of Prairie City; daughter Melissa AnnaMarie of Culver; brothers Justin William (Christine) of Prineville, Jeremy Dee (Anna Stargel) of Prairie City, Raymond Harvey (Allison) of Canyon City; 6 aunts and uncles, Mary Bea Decklar of Hillsboro, Dr. Raymond E. Henshaw (Carol) of Marietta, Ohio, Kathy Ruth (Jere) Henderson of Sunriver, and Caroline Field of Florence; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and one grandniece.
He was preceded in death by grandparents Harvey Dee and Constance Lindsay (Moore) Field, and Dr. Raymond Edward and Marion Margaret (Call) Henshaw and his uncle Marshall Terry Decklar.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Madras Aquatic Center in Ronald’s name through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.