Rulon James Head
January 2, 1921 – May 30, 2012
Rulon James Head, (Sgt. Red), Born in 1921, died 5-30-2012, son of Margaret Elizabeth Geddes and William Daniel Head, was born in Preston, Franklin, Idaho.
Rulon attended school at Preston graduating from high school in 1938. While in high school he belonged to the boxing squad, football team, track, scouts, and FFA. He won his letter in boxing. In 1939 Rulon left for Sloat, California, to work in lumber.
War was declared and he joined the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. Two of these years were spent in fighting in the South Pacific. While in the Marines, he received several medals, a Presidential Medal of Honor, a two star medal, and several for outstanding work.
His Eagle Scout award was sent to his parents while he was in the South Pacific and they mailed it to him. A newspaper article stated, "March 30, 1944, Rulon Head was among the first soldiers to set foot on the Marshall Islands."
In October, 1944 he was sent back to the U.S. and stationed at Bremerton, Washington, at the Navy Yards as military police. He received an honorable discharge 8 July 1946.
In Oct. 1946 following his father's footsteps, he began working for the Bremerton Police Force; this appointment was a Civil Service job. Rulon received several promotions in his work. His fellow officers held him in high esteem. His last promotion was on Sep. 4, 1965; he had been serving as a detective, he was the Sergeant of the division when he retired in 1971.
Rulon loved hunting & fishing on the BBQ Charter's in Alaska, his stepson's boat, Ruth always caught the bigger one; those were the best of times that he loved to talk about. He loved his travels to Russia, and Europe, with his wife and grandson Joseph.
Rulon is survived by his wife Ruth of 42 years, adopted daughters Tracy, Nancy, adopted Sons Richard, Robert, Stepsons Dan, and Herman. Grandchildren, Joseph, Breona, Mike, Brian, and great grandchildren.
At his request there will be no services.