Ronald Irwin Oerding


Nov. 23, 1960 - Nov. 1, 2017

A celebration of life for Ronald Irwin Oerding, 56, of Coquille, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 at Coquille Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1051 N Cedar Point Road in Coquille.

Ronald was born Nov. 23, 1960 in Coos Bay, to Robert Irwin Oerding and Lela Jane (Kelley) Oerding.  He passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 in Riverbend Hospital in Springfield with his loving wife, Loreena, by his side.  As a young adult he developed cancer and went through experimental chemotherapy.  He went into remission and the doctors didn’t expect him to live more than five years.  He was a medical miracle but the treatments left him with many health issues to which he eventually succumbed.

Ron is survived by his mother, Lela Oerding of Charleston; wife, Loreena Oerding of Coquille; daughters, Sonja Zastrow and son-in-law, Tom Zastrow of Fairbanks, Alaska; Raleen Fisher and son-in-law Austin Fisher of Coquille; grandsons, Nathan Huffman of Coquille and Ford Fisher of Coquille; granddaughter, Asha Huffman of Coquille; sister, Judy Greenway and brother-in-law Phil Greenway of Coquille; as well as numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Oerding.

Ron graduated from Coquille Valley High School in 1979.

While in high school he studied for his Real Estate license and upon graduating he worked with his uncle, George Oerding, as an agent.  He was a jack-of-all-trades and grew up in the myrtle wood factory learning the woodworking trade from his father.  He worked for Gittings Boatworks in Charleston, cleaning and painting boats in his early 20’s.  He did automotive body work and engine repair throughout his life.  He built and remodeled numerous houses.  He was a caretaker and owner of the Oerding Manor Retirement Residence.

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He is the fourth generation of wood workers at the Myrtle Burl myrtlewood factory, which later became the Oerding Manor Retirement Residence.  He built a cabin on Tenmile Lake with his family, using the experience to teach his ‘kids’ how to build a house.  He loved to ride his street bike (Harley motorcycle) and rode it to the Sturgis Bike Rally.  He loved to ride four-wheelers at the sand dunes.  He taught all his ‘kids’ how to ride a motorcycle, run heavy equipment or build a house.  Anything he knew how to do, he was willing to teach.  The lake was his favorite place and loved to take his kids tubing and wakeboarding.  He loved having animals, like chickens, goats and bunnies.  He was always game for a road trip and checking out new things with family and friends.  He never turned down a ride at the dunes!  Along with his sense of humor and adventure, he had a loving and supportive nature and was always there for no matter what you needed.  He welcomed anyone along for the ride - "the more the merrier"

Ron was passionate about spending time with family and friends. He loved to travel and experience new adventures. He was a selfless person, who would give anything to see his family and friends smile.  He was a loving husband, a generous papa, a patient father, and a friend to so many. He is missed. 

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