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Ronald Rikala


June 3, 2020

May 21, 1956 - May 27, 2020

Ronald Kelly Rikala, 64, of Sweet Home died peacefully at his home on May 27, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, with his family at his side.

He was born May 21, 1956 in Cottage Grove to Elmer George and Eleanor (Zustika) Rikala.

He married Susan Klansnic in 1980 in the Catholic Church in Cottage Grove. They lived in Cottage Grove until 1985, when he and his family moved to Sweet Home.

Mr. Rikala was a timber faller since he was a teenager, for various contracting companies. He did this line of work until he retired in 2018.

He was quite the practical joker and an outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing, camping and looking for and picking morel mushrooms. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle, gold mining and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Mr. Rikala is survived by his wife of 40 years, Susan Rikala of Sweet Home; daughter Kiley Rikala of Christmas Valley; son Ryan Rikala of Sweet Home; three grandchildren; and sisters Nancy Horner of Cottage Grove, Cindy Massey of Eugene, and Patsy Rikala of Bakersfield, Calif..

He was preceded in death by his mother Eleanor in 1979; father Elmer in 1985; sisters Bonnie Graves in 2004, and Linda Rook in 2016; brother Larry Rikala in 2014; Nephews James Rook in 2004, and Nick Sharp in 2013; and niece Mariah Sharp in 2015.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. An announcement will be made via Facebook.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements. 


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