February 19, 1938 ~ April 5, 2020
Ron La Gro of Redondo Beach, California, went home to be with the Lord on April 5, 2020 surrounded by family after a short and valiant battle with cancer. He was a devoted and passionate Catholic who often rose early in the morning where he could be found on his knees praying for those he loved.
He was born on February 19, 1938 to Arthur and Lydabelle La Gro in Toledo, Ohio. He attended DeVilbiss High School in Toledo where he excelled at football. His senior he served as co-captain of their team who repeated as city champions that year, finishing with a perfect season. He was a proud Tiger who maintained contact with classmates throughout his life. It was during high school he met the love of his life, Suzi Fitch, at Newbury Park. Ron and Suzi married three years later, on August 10, 1957.
Ron and Suzi had their first child in Ohio before moving to Southern California in 1959 where they had four more children. It was there that Ron began a successful career as an aerospace inspector. He was employed by Northrup Grumman during the last twenty years of his career.
Ron enjoyed sports, travel, storytelling, but most of all he enjoyed people. He is described as a fun and patient golfer. He was an avid Dodger and UCLA basketball fan. He loved traveling with his wife, brothers, and other family members. He entertained many with his engaging stories, some factual and others seasoned with truth.
Ron was a kind and gentle man who was loved by many for his patience and listening skills. He was the strong and steady anchor that could always be relied on for warmth, support, and encouragement. He was known to take in stray animals such as dogs, cats, chickens, squirrels, and Pete the Peacock, many becoming permanent members of the family.
Ron is survived by his wife, Suzi, of 62 years, five children Shelly Sanders (Randy), Ron (Leslea), Chris Wilson (Chuck), Greg (Lorraine), and Jeff; eleven grandchildren and 15.5 great grandchildren; four siblings Jim La Gro, Ralph La Gro, Tom Fitzgerald, and Tina Fitzgerald. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Jerry La Gro. He loved spending time with family and watching the grandchildren and great grandchildren talk and play.
A heartfelt thanks to Hector and Michelle Murphy, Pam Houston, Josefina Ucan, and Providence Trinity Hospice who helped provide comfort and care in his final days.
He is already greatly missed by family and friends and his ornery cat. We imagine him reunited with dearly loved ones, drinking a godfather. Until we meet again!
“And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tells me I am His own; And the
joy we share as we tarry there none other has ever known.”
~In the Garden~
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to the benevolent cause of your choice in Ron’s name.
Due to the pandemic, the family will hold a public memorial mass at a date and time to be determined.
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