Ronald T. Blazejewski, Colonel US Army (Retired), passed away on Thursday December 10th after a lengthy illness.
He is predeceased by his parents, Thaddeus and Eleanor Blazejewski. He leaves behind the love of his life, Beverly Blazejewski, daughters, Tiffany Tanck (Brian Myers), Lisa (Rhett) Clark, sons, Kevin (Sue) Pike, Tracy (Cindy) Pike, grandchildren, Kevin Pike, Jr. Heather (Nick) Licata, Alyssa (Dave) Smith, Josh Pike, Trisha (Jake) Griffen, Carley (Tom) Whelehan, Quentin (Colleen) Clark, Danielle (John) Whiting, Olivia Clark (Dan Otto), Nicholas Tanck, Eleanor Tanck, seven great-grandchildren, brother, Theodore “TJ” (Sue) Blazejewski.
Ron’s life was a life of service. His entire career was in service to his country in both the US Air Force and Army. He flew fixed wing aircraft of all types, refueled fighter jets in the air and transported cargo and personnel all over the world. Ron also commanded Huey gunship helicopters in Vietnam often while taking enemy fire. He trained pilots, served in the reserves and ultimately retired as a full Colonel with multiple medals and awards. Ron was proud of his military service but rarely talked about it and he never bragged about his accomplishments although there were many. He was more interested in others than talking about himself.
Ron served his community. He was very active in the First Presbyterian Church of Caledonia serving in many capacities and always available when help was needed.
Ron was also very active in the American Legion, specifically the War Memorial of the Matthew Cleary Post. He marched in the Memorial Day parades, was the featured speaker and worked tirelessly behind the scenes at fundraisers and other events.
He enjoyed golf and was a long time member of the Caledonia Country Club.
His greatest legacy though was his service to his family. He was a loving and devoted husband. When he retired over 20 years ago, he made himself available to whoever needed his help. If Ron committed to doing something for you, you could check it off your list as being done. He was dependable, generous and a joy to be around. His life of service and love for his country, community, friends and family will be felt for generations to come. He had a wonderful sense of humor as well as every other quality that a human being can possibly have.
Whether you knew him as Ron, Dad, the Colonel, Blaze, Papa or Grandpa, you were blessed to have him in your life. May he rest in peace after a lifetime of service to others.
Family and friends are invited to his Graveside Service, 2 P.M. Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Mumford Rural Cemetery, Flint Hill Rd., Mumford with full military honors. Due to the current COVID -19 restrictions his memorial service is planned for a future date.
In Lieu of Flowers memorials in Ron’s name may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 3080 Main Street Caledonia, NY 14423.