Ronald George Vekved, 84, went home to heaven on Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
Born to George and Janny Vekved on January 17, 1939 in the wheat field prairies of Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada, Ron spent his early years riding horseback to and from school. He graduated from Grande Prairie High School and the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta with a degree in Civil Engineering. He went on to attend Seattle Bible College where he met his wife of 58 years, Carolyn Haugo. Ron’s career took them many places before settling in Bellingham, WA. He took great joy in his career at Anvil Corporation, culminating in his position as president. Ron’s hobbies included salmon fishing off Vancouver Island, trips to Kauai and Manson, WA with family, tree planting, and cheering on his grandchildren in all their activities.
Known and loved by many, Ron was a dear husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He stepped up in meaningful ways with gestures rooted in kindness, generosity, and compassion with love and his faith, for whomever was in need be it family, friend, or neighbor. He had a gregarious and outgoing personality with an unshakeable positive outlook on life. He was a part of many communities and will be well remembered by his colleagues at Anvil Corporation, friends in the Mt. Baker Rotary and Young Life, and as a faithful Meridian Trojan fan. Ron is preceded in death by his brother Ivan Vekved, son Steve Vekved and granddaughter Rachel Vekved. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Vekved; sister June Vekved, son Dan (Michel) Vekved and their children Nathan and Aspen; son Tim (Nancy) Vekved and their daughter Annie; daughter in law Michelle Vekved; daughter Kristin (Eivind) Engen and their children Thora, Leif-Einar, and Thea; and son Jerry (Sherie) Vekved and their children Hugo, Ivan, and Signe and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 1pm on July 6, 2023 at Cornwall Church, followed by a reception at the Mt. Baker Rotary building in Lynden. There will be a private burial at Ten Mile Cemetery. You are invited to share your memories and condolences in the online guest book at sigsfuneralservices.com. Donations can be made in Ron’s Honor to North Whatcom County Young Life or to The Rachel Vekved Memorial Scholarship at Ebenezer Christian School.