Ronald Lee Skorich Sr., 76, of Huntington Beach, CA, peacefully passed away at his home Tuesday, February 25, 2014 surrounded by the love of his family.
Ron was born in Bellaire, OH on October 4, 1937 to Peter and Palma Skorich. He graduated from St. John Central High School in 1955 and then attended Lansing Community College and later graduated from Michigan State University (MSU). After graduating from MSU, Ron started his teaching and coaching career at Bath High School in Bath, MI. He had a big impact on athletics at Bath High School. He coached the varsity football team with a tough love approach that commanded the respect of his players. Ron left a profound and lasting influence on the students that he taught and coached, as well as all who worked with him.
Ron moved his family to California in1977 where he began a new career path starting his own business called Pacific Bicycles. In December 2000 Ron retired from Hughes Aircraft Company/Raytheon Company after working there for 16 years.
Ron loved being with his family and family meant anyone that wanted to be a part of his family. His family has grown far beyond his bloodline borders. He was most affectionately known as “Papa” to all who met him and spent any time with him. You could not walk away without wanting more of the infectious love that surrounded Papa.
Ron is survived by his siblings, Richard and Gloria; children, Montee and wife Joy, Ron Jr, Kim Sego and husband Tom, Cathy Ferrato, and Jennifer; grandchildren, Audrey Koubeck and husband Paul, Kiley Weinmann, Stacey Irwin, Ali Ferrato, Ben Irwin and his wife Lisa, Sydni Skorich, Daniel Irwin and Blake Skorich; and great grandchildren, Chase Weinmann, Ethan, Ava, Theo and Max Koubeck, Layla Dahl, Gavin and Alayna Irwin, and all friends and loved ones that called him Papa, Ron, Uncle, Coach or friend.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Palma Skorich; siblings, Carl, Paul, Nick, Peter, Anna Marie Dyrdek, and Dolores Grazianni; daughter, Diana, grandson, Chad Ferrato; and great granddaughter, Bailee Tonkinson.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2014 at McAulay and Wallace Mortuary from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Funeral Liturgy will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 at St. Julianna Church, Fullerton, CA at 11 a.m. Interment ceremony to follow at Loma Vista Memorial Park.