OBITUARY

Ronald E. Drumm

February 23, 1934April 4, 2012

Dateline – Skowhegan Ronald Elbert Drumm of Eaton Mountain Road, Skowhegan, Maine, 78, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 4, 2012 in Madison, Maine. Ron was a devoted Husband, Beloved Father, Proud Grandfather and Caring Great-Grandfather. His family misses him daily and dearly. Ron was born on February 23, 1934, in Danbury, Connecticut, Son of Elbert and Mildred Drumm. As a child and throughout his life he enjoyed the outdoors and creating things with his hands. He served his country in the Navy, crewing on the Battleship USS New Jersey. In 1956 he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth (Betsy) Thompson. In Danbury, Ron built his home and established his family. There he and Betsy raised two sons, Jeffrey and Brian, and a daughter, Janine. His career in technology took him all over the world, but left him unsatisfied as it offered little time to spend with his family. In 1971, he sold their Danbury home and moved them to Robbins Hill in Solon, Maine. There he managed the family business, Mountain View Cabins, while working a number of full-time jobs to make ends meet. His goal was to start a campground but was never realized, and the cabins were eventually sold off. While Maine never satisfied his dream of establishing a campground, it did provide him with what he desired most: time with his wife and children. And while life was often hard, no member of his family ever felt as though they were any less than privileged to belong. The children grew, and after a couple of false starts, left home to find their fortunes. Around that time, Ron built a business of his own, QuikService; this afforded him the means to spend some of his time with Betsy, traveling around the US and Canada in a series of increasingly larger camp trailers and motor homes. Ron enjoyed traveling and camping with Betsy for many years, until the progression of Parkinson's disease made it difficult to leave home. During that time, his children married, had children, and his grandchildren did the same. He loved every minute of the time he could spend with his extended family, and spoke proudly of their talents and accomplishments with all who would listen. Ron's wife Betsy survives. His sister Dorothy of Danbury, Connecticut preceded him in passing; his sister Barbara (Bobby) and her husband Robert Demougeot of Fairfield, Connecticut survive, along with his son Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Susanne and grandson Tyler; his son Brian, his daughter-in-law Carol, grandchildren Matthew, Benjamin, Cynthia and her husband Keith; Kristie, her husband Duke, and great-grandchildren Joshua and Henry; his Daughter Janine, son-in-law Todd and grandchildren Kelly and Adam. Viewing hours will be held on Monday April 9, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Skowhegan Federated Church, Island Ave., Skowhegan, Maine, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Mark Tanner officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes those desiring to honor Ron's memory support the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research in the hope that soon we will have a cure for this terrible disease.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, April 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, April 9, 2012
REMEMBERING

Ronald E. Drumm

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USS New Jersey Veterans

May 16, 2012

We are sorry to hear of the passing of one of our shipmates. God Bless you,Ron May you have Fair Winds and Following Seas.

Judy Desouza

April 10, 2012

Aunt Betsy and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Ronnie's passing. He was always so kind and I know you all share so many memories through the years. Just wanted you to know I am thinking of all of you.
Judy S. Desouza (Connecticut)

Louise Strickland

April 7, 2012

Betsy, so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. You were both wonderful neighbors to have.... my thoughts and prayers are with you

Charlie & Joyce Rowell

April 7, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Barbara & Howard Robbins

April 7, 2012

Dear Betsy and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

Peter Fisk

April 6, 2012

Betsy - You and family are in our thoughts! We will miss Ron, he could always make us laugh! xxoo

Pam McCue Renaud

April 6, 2012

Betsy, I was so sorry to read of Ron's passing. He was truly a great man and I will always remember all the good times I had camping with the two of you. You both added a lot of laughter to my life. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jerry Hemenway

April 6, 2012

Jeff, I am truly saddeded to learn of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this terrible time....

April 6, 2012

Betsy

So sorry to hear about Ron. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

Shari Bennett

FROM THE FAMILY