Ronald W. Engelbrecht became a free spirit at the age of 50 at Pine Ridge assisted living in Pagosa Springs. Ron underwent two surgeries for brain cancer in the last three years. Ron was born in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Even though Ron only resided in Pagosa for four months, he really enjoyed living here and really wanted to fish at Lake Capote. Now he can fish anytime and anywhere — Ron has now “gone fishin’.”
Ron had an infectious smile and made all who knew him smile and laugh. He loved life, his family and helping those in need. He was an excellent mechanic and helped all. Ron loved to camp, fish and sing music of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s — he really enjoyed that music and he would sing right along.
The job Ron liked the best was when he was a professional 18-wheeler truck driver.
Ron has three children: Justin Dooley, Ronnie and Rachael Engelbrecht; also three grandchildren — two granddaughters, one grandson — three nieces and a nephew. Ron has two sisters, Dianna Saunders, of Goffstown, N.H., and Cynthia Burlingame, of Reno, Nev. He also leaves behind his mother, Marcia Craig, and aunt Darlene Cotton, from Pagosa Springs, and aunt Billie Jo Settle, from Poulsbo, Wash.
Ron is, and will be, deeply missed, and we know he is watching over all of us.