Ron Pinney 1943-2024

Ronald Anson Pinney, 80, a Waite Park, MN resident, passed away on Sunday, the 24th of March, 2024, at the VA in St. Cloud, MN.

Ron, born in Brush, Colorado on the 6th of September, 1943, to Norris and Hilda Pinney, was  raised in Evanston, Wyoming. His upbringing instilled a sense of duty, resilience, and kindness that he carried throughout his life. 

Ron proudly served his country as an Air Policeman in the Air Force from 1964 to 1966, followed by service in the Air Force Reserves until 1968. During his time in the military, he demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication, earning recognition for expert marksmanship among other accolades.

After returning from the Vietnam War, Ron married Judy and settled in Yuma, Colorado, where they welcomed their daughter, Lisa. During this time, Ron held various occupations,  two of his favorites being driving semi for Jim Roth Trucking and working for Bernard Wall.

In 1985, Ron relocated to Saint Cloud, MN, where he married Gayle Johnson. Together, they raised their son, Travis, and Ron embraced his role as a stepfather to Gayle’s daughters, Tammy, Tanya, and Tessa. His career path led him to work as a distribution manager for Sysco before transitioning to roles as a cab driver and a volunteer karate instructor in his retirement years.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Norris and Hilda Pinney, his brothers Bob and Bruce Pinney, and his stepdaughter Tracy Tacker. He is survived by his children, Lisa Pinney of Yuma, Tammy Bayer (Kevin) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Tanya Lorsung (Travis Lorsung) of Mora, MN, Tessa Petron (Bob) of Royalton, MN, and Travis Pinney of St. Cloud, MN. He also leaves behind grandchildren Kristyn Pinney (Austin), Mercedes and Josie Leinonen, Gabriella Bayer, Olivia Lorsung, and Kylie and Easton Petron, as well as great-grandchildren Ryleigh and McKenzie Andersen. Ron’s memory will be cherished by his long-time partner, MaryAnne Miller of St. Cloud, MN, and her children Ryan, Andrew, and Korey.

Dad will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to his family and to his service to his country.  He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories that will continue to inspire all who were fortunate enough to know him.

His military service will be held at Fort Ripley, where his ashes will be interred, at 3:00 pm on Thursday, the 23rd of May.