Ronald F. Bures, 84, of New Smyrna Beach, FL passed away Monday, July 31, 2017.
He leaves with wonderful memories his wife Linda; son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey & Linda Bures of Salem, OR; daughter Amy Bures of Houston, TX; siblings Maxine Sweeney of Natrona Heights, PA and Lee Bures of Freeport, PA; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Alexa, who adored their Papa. He was preceded in death by his brother Frank, Jr., sister Geri, and parents Helen and Frank Bures.
. Born and raised in Freeport, PA, Ron worked in the family business, an automobile garage that eventually became the Bures Ford Dealership. He attended Freeport Area High School where he played football, graduating in 1951. Soon after, he joined the United States Air Force where he learned to fly, and proudly served our country piloting F-86 and F-100 fighter planes. Some of his fondest memories were of flying in service to our country, and later in life he frequented air shows and flight museums where he would happily reminisce and share his enthusiasm with his family. After leaving active duty, Ron met and married Linda of Natrona Heights, PA, and shortly thereafter he returned to flying as a member of the Air Force Reserves. In 1968 Ron joined Mohawk Airlines, the start of a 25 year career as a commercial pilot. He was a US Airways Captain at the time of his retirement, and he still loved flying. Ron and Linda raised their family near Freeport, PA, and upon retirement, they moved to Sugar Mill Country Club in New Smyrna Beach Florida. They were welcomed by the community, where Ron participated in club events, played tennis, and was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing several times a week with his wife and friends. His good nature, quick wit, and off beat sense of humor earned him extraordinary friends at Sugar Mill with whom he enjoyed many years of a very active retirement. When in town, his brother Lee often joined him in club tournaments and his sister Maxine frequented the Space Center with him. Ron and Linda took numerous cruises together, and he frequently visited with Amy and Jeff and his grandchildren. His grandkids, both two and four legged, always looked forward to spending time with him.
A Memorial Service to commemorate a life well lived was held at 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in New Smyrna Beach. Per his request, Ron’s family will gather privately to reminisce and spread his ashes in the places he loved the most: New Smyrna Beach, Oregon, and Texas.