In Memory

Ron Brinkerhoff

BRINKERHOFF Ronald J., loving father of Ellen Louise Brinkerhoff and Josiah Jacob Brinkerhoff. Ron was Principal Engineer at Ethicon-Endo Surgery and Senior Design teacher at O.C.A.S.. He died Saturday, June 22, 2002 at the age of 58 at his residence in Pierce Township. Friends may call at the E.C. Nurre Funeral Home, St. Rt. 125 Amelia, Ohio Wednesday, June 26, 2002 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M.

Ron's Woodward activities included Honor Society 3, Vice President 4; Student Council 3, 4; Latin Club 2; Boys' State 3; Key Club 4; Delta Beta 2, 3, Pres. 4

 Photo from the 40th Reunion


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02/07/10 02:55 PM #1    

Steve Gaible

I met Ron as a seventh grader at WHS. He told me that his sister and father were killed in a traffic accident, and he and his Mother lived in Roselawn. I was impressed with his maturity and intelligence.
Returning to WHS as a sophomore, Ron and I, along with Kennedy Heights neighborhood buddies Dan Church, Mike Devanney, Jim Dempsey, Bill Duning, Major Weber, Nick Sommer, and Nick Nickles all pledged Delta Beta. What a great 3 years together! Other than the usual memories of school activities, I remember his first car, a '48 Chev he bought for $15. Ron installed a floor shift for the 3 speed tranny, which required him to lean forward to hit 2nd gear, with the dashboard blocking his forward vision. Whoever rode shotgun had to help him steer. He finally got a couple pillows to sit on. I think his step-sister Jane Brucher Duning refused to ride to school in it. We survived high school...
Ron went on to MIT, and returned to a job with P&G as a mechanical engineer. He helped develop the packaging equipment for Pringles, spending time at the Jackson TN plant. When P&G assigned him to Jackson, he resigned, not wanting to move. He spent several years with Senco, the nail gun company, then transferred to their Ethicon surgical unit. Ron was awarded several U.S. patents for his equipment designs.
Along the way, he married twice, with the second producing a daughter and son who have followed in his scholastic and career footsteps. Ron's life was cut short with emphysema, and we all miss his wit and sense of being.

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