Ronald C. Medcalf: March 8, 1943-April 4, 2018

Ronald C. Medcalf, 75, of Oak Harbor, died April 4, 2018. He was born to the late Leona Mae and Gerald Medcalf, March 8, 1943, in Halfway, Ore. Ron was raised by Edona and Gerald Medcalf in Florence, Ore. prior to moving to Portland, where he graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1961. He attended BYU before joining the Air Force in 1964. While in the Air Force, Ron served in the Vietnam War as an air traffic controller and received the good conduct medal and an AFCM.

In 1971, he was honorably discharged due to medical issues. Ron married his beloved wife Penny in 1965, and they lived in Oregon until they moved to Oak Harbor in 1998.

Ron’s passion for fishing is legendary as well as his love of golf. He had developed an enthusiasm for RC car racing, wood-working and leather making to fill his retirement. Despite intense pain, Ron lived for more than 10 years with a leg amputation in 2004, and his remaining leg was amputated in 2018. Although his disability was challenging, he loved to be outdoors, planting flowers, enjoying the beauty of Whidbey Island or visiting the beach. He was vocal that he lived for his family whom he loved very much.

Ron is predeceased by his parents, his twin brother Donald and his sister Jerri Lee. Ron is survived by his wife, Penny, of 52 years as well as his four daughters: Mechelle Medcalf Nelson of Martinez, Calif.; Pamela Sterio of Portland, Ore.; Penny Medcalf of Carlton, Ore.; and Jenny Hulu of Portland, Ore. He also is survived by his brother, Darrell Medcalf, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild and Bailey, his much loved pooch.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to DAV (

Services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor at 2 p.m. To leave condolences or share messages please visit Ronald’s Book of Memories page on the funeral home website at

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