Ronald Sutherland

June 1, 1933December 5, 2018
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Ronald Sutherland was born on June 1, 1933 and passed away on December 5, 2018 in Lancaster, California.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Reception Friday, January 5, 2018

Ronald Sutherland

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Ashley Curtin

January 17, 2019

Papa... Gezzz how I MISS YOU! I never imagine sharing memories rather telling life stories together over a card games... 3's...SkipBo... OR Marbles... Oh how I loved our camping trips since I was just a little girl. The beautiful camp fire you'd create and how we always loved going on a scavanger hunts on the beach
to find the BEST fire stick and how we'd scare you because Jason and I were Pyros. Our s'mores and hot chocolate and our "I spy game." Walking on the pier and eating taffy. Fish and chips and clam chowder were our favorite.

How I'd blow bubbles in my milk and you'd give me that scarey Papa look Haha and now I'm here telling me kids the same even and I share this memory tonight.

The day I promised you your bird was in the cage and then miraculously it was flying around the house when we got home... I still swore until this day.

So many more wonderful memories and I wish I could still tell you stories. And do " Giddy Up" on you knee like I was 2 again. 34 years later and a whole lot of pounds more.

I miss you EVERYDAY! I'm so THANKFUL you watched me have two beautiful babies and played peek-a-boo and blew them kisses until your very last breathe, but my one regret in not moving back home sooner to be by your side. All I wish now is that you'll show the girls and I signs that your with us. Until we meet again. I LOVE YOU!!

Vicki Morin

January 17, 2019

Oh how I miss you dad. There isnt a day that has gone by since you passed that I dont think of you. I cant get through a day without talking to you. I am hoping your by my side every day. I had a wonderful childhood because of you. Since you have passed all these things that have rushed through my head about our childhood. I remember you driving us down the grade to go camping and sitting behind you in the car thinking hurry daddy hurry. Because I new how much fun we were going to have. You were a kind sole that never said a bad thing about anyone. You seemed to always just want to keep the piece. Your work ethics of working so hard rubbed off on all 3 of your children. You were such a good man in making sure your family was taken care of all the time. One thing that I can say I have taken from growing up was all of us being around the dinner table every night. I instill in my family how important it is to have that little bit of family time every night. I miss you so much. ❤❤❤

Isabella Sutherland

January 10, 2019

Ron was my brother and I loved him very much and will really miss him.
I remember, as a little girl, making him hold my doll and rocking her to sleep.
Of course he did not appreciate having to do that.
When Mom and Dad passed, I left Santa Monica and moved to Lancaster to be near Ron and Ann.
Rest in peace dear brother, I will miss you.

Diane Shipley

January 8, 2019

I worked with Ron for several years, always a smile, always a friendly hello, one of the best darned produce men I ever worked with. I know he will be missed by many. After working with Ron I had the pleasure of cashiering with Ann. Those two are a match made in heaven I miss you both.
Ann we've got to get together. Next time you get out through Simi Valley let me know when you're coming to see that beautiful baby.

Maile Sutherland

January 6, 2019

Ron was my father in law. I've been with his son Stuart for 27yrs. The first time I met him he greeted me with a hug and a smile and he finished my sentence by singing a line from a song. Both Ron and Ann or as I call them Mom and Dad were famous for singing out of blue or finishing a sentence with a tune.
I loved to visit their home in Tehachapi. We would play Aggrivation (marbles) for hours on the veranda. In between Dad and I would watch westerns and nap. Lol.
Id have to say some of my fondest memories with Dad were while camping at the beach. We'd play card games and marbles with naps in between. Papa as he was know to my sons, loved to teach the kids how to properly build a campfire. The kids loved to light the fire and make it big. Papa would sing songs ,play campfire games and make smores , which we all loved.
He was such a gentle giant with a warm spirit. People who knew him loved him.
I was not born his daughter but he made me feel like I was. I never felt less than or left out. On the contrary , what I felt was loved as did my sons and my husband. So Thank You Dad!!!! I hope you know how much you were loved and how much you will be missed.

Stuart Sutherland

January 6, 2019

Rest in peace Dad. You are Home. You will live on forever in our hearts and our memories. The love I felt from you all the days of my life will never fade.
You worked hard and never wavered in support of your family. You passed on to your children an incredible work ethic. It has carried all three of your children through their life in a profound way. We have all worked hard and have also never wavered in support of our families. What a precious gift we received.
As I watch your grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up it will fill my heart with joy as I know how much you loved them and how very proud you are of them all.
I am forever grateful for your unconditional love. You're a man of few words but the example you set has made me the man that I am today.
As God resides in my heart and is with me always so too will you live on in my heart and be with me always. Your presence and your love, your guidance and support shall be felt and influence my path as the future unfolds.
Your greatest gift to your family was just how much you loved us and how proud you were to be our Father and Papa. This is your legacy. I love you Dad. You will be missed.

Karen Sutherland

January 5, 2019

My favorite memory was when I was pregnant with my first child I was struggling trying to choose a name in the event the baby was a girl. Ron came to me with an advertisement from a magazine for a doll. It was a little freckle faced girl with pig tales and overalls riding a skateboard. Her name was Courtney. Boy, did he nail it. Not only did he name her he became her favorite person the moment she laid eyes on him.

Tyler Sutherland

January 5, 2019

I love my papa and have a lot of great memories of him from camping with him and my nana at the beach to playing board games back at the house, which seemed to be the only place that had the old cartoons and when I was little I thought it was because they had saved them for my dad because he watched them when he was young, I think my favorite memory of him is the time that my dad told me that he can whistle louder than any man he had ever heard, I was upstairs looking over the inside balcony of the old house between the Dino toys and the tredmill that I loved to play on even tho I wasnt supposed to, when my dad asked him to show me and I swear he did not disappoint, it was one of the most impressive things, I know it’s not a very long memory but it’s a specific time that I really remember it set the way that I looked at my papa forever, I can picture that moment so vividly and it was the first thing I thought of when it said a memory, because I really thought of that every time I saw him. He always cared about what was going on in my life and he was always so happy to see me. I love my grandparents so much and I’m gonna miss my papa, he was one of the first people in my life and that’s not something that I will forget. Always a respectable man and a lovable papa. You will forever be my family And you will always be my friend. I love you.

Courtney Bailey

January 4, 2019

A Poem for Grandpa
Unknown Author

Grandpa, you were just a boy,
So many years ago.
You had your loves and had your dreams,
You watched us come and go.
You watched us make the same mistakes,
That you had made before,
But that just made you hold us tight,
And love us all the more.
We haven’t always thought about
The things that you have seen.
To us you’ve just been ‘Grandpa’,
No thought of who you’ve been.
But we remember now in love,
Your life from start to end,
And we’re just glad we knew you,
As Grandpa, and as Friend.

My papa was one of my favorite people. I will miss seeing his bright, welcoming smile and happy, watery eyes behind silver rimmed glasses greeting me when I came to visit. His warm voice singing “how much is that doggy in the window” and playing card games and aggravation at a picnic table in a Hobson camping spot. He was not only my grandfather, but my dear friend.

I knew him as a sweet old man but he had an entire life long before mine. He was a hard working father and husband who provided for his family with a long and successful career in Ralph’s produce. He was part of a camping club with many close friends. He was a strong and stern man and was respected by those who knew him. He was very well loved.

I am proud to call him my papa and so glad that my baby has a guardian angel who will look out for her throughout her life. Though he only knew her a short time, I know he loved her and continues to love her now. There is a gaping hole in our family that will never heal but the scar will remind us to look back on all of the good memories from when our family was whole.


January 4, 2019

I was blessed to get to know Ron in the last 3 1/2 years of his life. During that time I had the pleasure of getting to know him as a proud, stoic, strong, accepting, sensitive and loving man. It was so much fun to see the joy and twinkle in his eye as he savored every moment of Courtney and Tim's wedding, and I'll never forget the way he beautifully led Courtney and several other ladies around the dance floor that night. It was delightful to see his tears of joy when he learned that Courtney and Tim were expecting their baby, Logan. I also knew him to be loving and appreciative of his devoted wife Ann, and quite proud of his entire family as well as his Scottish heritage. Ron faced the final years of his life with a stubborn will to live every last day God granted him here on earth
(Of course with a great deal of assistance from Ann).
From pushing his walker around Hobson Beach, laughing at TJ's antics, to spending a day charming the crowds from his wheelchair at Disneyland, he impressed me with his zeal for life.