Ronald Ray Gerber, born on January 15, 1950, in the charming town of Newcastle Wyoming, passed away on September 6, 2023, at the age of 73. He was the son of Roy and Florice Gerber and grew up in the close-knit community of Alliance, Nebraska.
Ronald's journey was one marked by resilience, service, and a deep love for two things: his faithful companion, Norman, and the open road. Ronald was an avid dog lover, and his golden retriever, Norman, was not just a pet but a beloved member of his family. They shared countless adventures together, forging an unbreakable bond of love and companionship.
Ronald joined the United States Army in 1968 and served his country in Vietnam earning a purple heart and a bronze star. He was discharged in 1971.
In his professional life, Ronald pursued a career as a truck driver, a vocation that perfectly matched his love for travel and exploration. He crisscrossed the country's highways and byways, experiencing the beauty and diversity of the United States.
Ronald passed away at the VA nursing home in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he received compassionate care in his final days by the wonderful staff.
Ronald's family played a significant role in his life, and he was preceded in death by his parents, his dog Norman, his sister Marie Ramos, and his brother Donald Gerber. He is survived by his siblings Adele Duran of Alliance, Nebraska; Daniel Gerber (Connie), Joyce Blue (Dennis), all of whom reside in Cheyenne, Wyoming: Peggy (Bruce) Payne of Tucson, Arizona and Thomas (Annette) Gerber of Washington State. Ronald also leaves behind his nieces, Denise Robinson (Ryan) and Clarissa Gross (Kenneth), both of Cheyenne, along with numerous other nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to honor Ronald's life and military service will be held at Schrader Aragon & Jacoby Funeral Home in Cheyenne WY on 12 September 2023 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to an organization that supports veterans and their families, in his memory.
Ronald Ray Gerber will be remembered as a courageous Vietnam veteran, a loving brother, a devoted uncle, and a free spirit who found solace on the open road. His memory will forever be cherished by those who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of service, love for animals, and passion for exploration will continue to inspire generations to come.