|During tumultuous years of World War II when many WHS students went off to fight for their country before graduating, Ron was the glue that held Panther athletics together. A swift, elusive halfback, he often accounted for more than 200 yards in games by rushing, passing and returning kicks. Defensively, he dominated in the secondary while the team compiled a 14-0 record and only gave up a total of 19 points in two seasons. 'Doc' Conway proclaimed Ron as the best athlete he ever coached.
Ron completed an incredible senior season as a Panther football player, then having reached enlistment age, joined the Navy at the end of the first semester and consequently didn't receive a diploma.
Also a star in basketball and track, he led both teams to successful seasons as an underclassman. Ron competed as a high jumper at the state meet twice after winning district titles and was also outstanding as a javelin thrower. In all, he earned seven varsity letters.
After completing military service, Ron was notified that WHS transcripts indicated enough credits to graduate and received a certificate from Bremerton High School. He enrolled at Wenatchee Junior College and was instrumental in establishing a football program. As a sophomore, Ron was first team "All-Conference" at offensive and defensive back. He went on to the University of Washington. In 2012, Ron was presented with a WHS diploma earned 67 years before.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.