Ronald Edward Shuey

July 24, 1948August 23, 2015
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Ronald E. Shuey ("Ron") passed away peacefully at his home in Crozet, VA on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at age 67. He was a unique and colorful individual. Born on July 24, 1948, Ron was raised by his parents, Marion & Leona Shuey in Staunton, VA along with his younger brother, Gary Shuey. He met his true love, Linda at Riverheads High School where he tried to flirt with her by squirting water down her shirt from the aquarium in biology class. He won her heart in college when he hitchhiked in rain storms to visit her at Erskine College in South Carolina. He showered her with art, cards, and letters. They fell in love and were married on August 24, 1968 at Old Providence Church in Spottswood, VA. Ron obtained his master's degree in accounting from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Ron often pushed the limits of expression by writing controversial newspaper articles in his college paper, protesting the Vietnam war, listening to the heaviest rock 'n' roll, dancing the "crocodile" on the floor, roaring with laughter, and diving into his vast artistic endeavors. He became increasingly passionate in his art throughout the years and finally found his favorite medium: airbrush illustration. Ron & Linda raised two kids, Wendy & Sam, and he inspired and encouraged the pursuit of their artistic careers. He is survived by his wife, Linda Shuey of Crozet; daughter, Wendy Shuey of Taos, NM; son, Sam Shuey of Crozet; granddaughter, Zoe Haze Shuey of Staunton; brother, Gary Shuey and his wife, Nannette Shuey of Staunton; nephew, Dean Shuey and his daughter Lea of Summerville, SC; a brother-in-law and sisters-in-law of Augusta County; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Marion E. Shuey & Leona M. Shuey. Ron was a loving, wild, adventurous, hilarious spouse, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He had a dual career as a CPA and airbrush artist. He was an accountant for Arthur Andersen in Washington D.C. and Sally, Weissinger & Co. in Charlottesville before starting a partnership with Keith Shaner. He eventually formed his own accounting business in combination with his art studio in downtown Charlottesville. He appreciated his many loyal clients and friends. He was featured on the cover of Airbrush Magazine, taught many airbrush workshops, body painted at festivals such as Woodstock '99; and worked on various local film and music video projects by body painting zombies and leopard print ladies. He was also Santa Claus for the lighting of the Christmas tree on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, at the Discovery Museum, and other events. He loved life and was a jolly being with a grand sense of humor who showed us all how to embrace the beauty in both light and dark aspects of creativity. He touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."


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Ronald Edward Shuey

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January 13, 2016

i knew ron about 15 years ago and have never met a man with a greater love of life. i just found out he passed and am heart broken that such a wonderful person is gone. i cherished every memory i had of him but will hold them more closely now.

Clara Henning

October 25, 2015


You will be seriously missed.

When you work on your air brush master pieces in heaven, look behind you: Those millions of angels lined up behind you are all waiting for you to do their taxes!

Kevin Coyner

August 27, 2015

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was much to alive and much to young to leave us. I recall building his home in Crozet with a lot of pleasure and satisfaction. He was always encouraging and never got hung up on problems. We simply solved them and moved ahead. Ron had a way of making us smile while bringing out the best in us. I'll always be greatful to him for that experience. My very deepest sympathies to Linda and the children.

Kevin S. Coyner

Constance Eddins

August 27, 2015

To the family I am so sorry for you loss Ms. Shuey. You were our class advisor when I was as Western. My family will pray for you.

Constance Stevens Eddins Class 87'

Art Pesch

August 27, 2015

Linda and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of this great and good man's passing. While I did not see much of him in recent years, Ron always was glad to see you and had a smile from ear to ear when I stopped in his office off the Mall.
The world is a poorer place having lost his expansive and wide ranging talents.

Chuck & Linda Mills

August 27, 2015

Linda and I were so saddened to hear of Ron's death. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family for a life ended much too soon. Many are said to be "unique," but Ron really was a unique and larger than life individual. How many expert CPAs and world-class airbrush artists inhabit the same body? I bet the world just lost the only one. Ron flawlessly prepared our tax returns for over 35 years and the annual visits to his office were always much anticipated, wonderful experiences. After a review of the annual tax records came a review of the newest art projects and maybe a purchase! Quite a few of Ron's works hang in places of honor in our home, and always will. Shortly after we first met Ron, he appeared on a local T.V. commercial as a jovial cave man! How many of you remember that? As I recall he didn't have any lines but the acting was memorable! I think that's how I'll remember him. Rest in peace old friend!

Wanda O'Kelley

August 27, 2015

Linda, we are so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Wanda Thayer

August 27, 2015

The RHS Classes of 1965 and 1968 send condolences. You're in our thoughts and prayers!

Rebecca Lewis-Paul

August 26, 2015

Linda, I am so sorry for you and your family's loss. You are all in my prayers and thoughts. Becky Lewis Paul

Becky Chandler Murray

August 26, 2015

Dear Linda, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ronnie was such a great guy - funny, talented, creative, kind, thoughtful, and so much more ! He will be missed by everyone who knew him! I know he is at peace and God has gotten a bright new angel to help paint beautiful sunsets! Blessings and love on you and the kids!