Wakefield '60 Classmates: In Memoriam

Ronald Harry Sizemore
b: 2/28/1942       d: 2/19/2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009 3:53 PM MST
Ronald Harry Sizemore, Ron to those who knew him well, was born on February 28, 1942 in Charleston, West Virginia, to Harry Hiram Sizemore and Eula Beavers Sizemore.  Ron was raised in the coal mining country of south western Virginia and West Virginia as his father worked as miner and later a butcher for the company store.   Ron attended Big Creek High School in West Virginia until his senior year.  He was a member of the "Rocket Boys."  The Rocket Boys (also known by the film adaptation "October Sky") is Homer Hickam Jr.'s memoir portraying life growing up in a West Virginia company mining town, and a boy's pursuit of amateur rocketry inspired by the launch of Sputnik.  Today, the book is one of the most often picked community/library reads in the United States.  During his last year of high school his family moved to Northern Virginia where he graduated from Arlington's Wakefield High School in 1960.  Around Washington D.C., Ron worked as an auto mechanic; a trade he learned at the knee of his Grandfather.  He worked for the National Chamber of Commerce and later became a computer programmer for the Washington Post.  In 1964, Ron married his first wife, Nancy Krushensky, and they had two children, Bonnie Lynn and Robert Zane, and later divorced.  In 1974, while visiting Vivi and Gary Crandall in the Sweetwater area, Ron met one of the loves of his life; Wyoming.  After that visit, Ron quit his job at the Washington Post, moved to Wyoming, and went to work for Bernard Sun on the Sun Ranch near Rawlins.  In February 1976, Ron met the other love of his life, Jane Chiswell Bayless.  He went to work for the True companies of Casper as a computer programmer in August and they were married in February of 1977.  While working for True for over 30 years, Ron became their IT Manager and retired in April 2007.   He was a member of the Casper Petroleum Club.  Ron served on the board of directors and spent a year as president.  An avid reader, Ron was a wordsmith and a firm believer in self education.  His interests included: photography, woodworking, reading, history, Wyoming, and anything that would increase his knowledge of the workings of life.  Ron enjoyed his dog, visiting with his family, and traveling.  Ron Sizemore died on February 19, 2009 in his Casper home after a five year bout with renal cell cancer under the care of his wife Jane and Hospice.   He is survived by his wife Jane Chiswell Sizemore of 32 years, his daughter Bonnie Lynn Sizemore Collier, of Louisa,Virginia; his sons Steven Herbert Bayless, of Arlington,Virginia and Robert Zane Sizemore of Cleveland, Texas; stepmother Amelia Sizemore of Tazwell, Virginia; siblings Judith Sizemore Fuller of Reading, Pennsylvania, and Kathy Sizemore Matney of Marion, Virginia; sister-in-law Jeannie Hulse, and her family, and his dog Angus.  Memorial services will be Tuesday, February 24th at 2:00 pm at. the First United Methodist Church.  Memorial donations and contributions in memory of Ron Sizemore may be made to the Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 South Wilson, Casper, Wyoming 82601.

Helen Wooley wrote:
Ron was with us only during Senior year, having transferred in from West Virginia.   Not many may have known him.  Should you send out an announcement and wish to include this info, in lieu of flowers donations are encouraged to: Central Wyoming Hospice, 319 South Wilson Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601.  He is survived by wife Jane and daughter Bonnie.

2011 Wakefield Class of 1960 and Wakefield Education Foundation (information@wakefieldalumni.org)