Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 2:29 PM on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Don Ronda


Don Ronda

Nov. 23, 1930-Sept. 14, 2012

Longtime Homer resident Don Ronda, 81, died Sept. 14, 2012, in Homer. A celebration of life is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at the Homer High School commons. His family invites friends to come and share memories of Don.

Don was born Nov. 23, 1930, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Edward and Imogene Gene Ronda. He was raised in Midland, Mich. He met his wife, Arlene Heintzelman, while attending Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. His college education was disrupted by two years of service in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War era. Don and Arlene married in June 1956, and spent their honeymoon in Alaska. The Rondas returned to Alaska in 1957 after Don graduated from Antioch, living in Anchorage, Naknek and Fairbanks before settling in Homer in 1961 when Don became principal and a teacher at Homer Junior-Senior High School.

He was a two-term Homer City Council member and served on the Homer Advisory Planning Commission and the Port and Harbor Commission. He also fished commercially in Bristol Bay. With George Hamm and Harold Gnad he ran Beluga Charters, one of Homers first fishing and guiding charter businesses. He also taught a marine technology class at Homer High School and woodworking at the Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College.

Don is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughter and son-in-law Ann and David Kontak and granddaughter GraceAnn of Concord, N.H.; daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Tom Baring and grandchildren Nathaniel and Katherine of Fairbanks; son and daughter-in-law Michael Ronda and Amy Vore and granddaughters Danika and Aurielle of Seattle; brother and sister-in-law Jack and Kaye Ronda of Sequim, Wash.; sister-in-law Violet Greenwood of Lindale, Texas, and numerous nephews and nieces.

A full obituary will follow in a later edition of the Homer News.