Ronald Edward Svik
Dec 26, 1943 – Oct 7, 2016
Ronald “Ron” Svik
Ron was born the day after Christmas in 1943 in Columbus, Nebraska, to Edward Joseph and LaVaine Emily (Prazak) Svik. He died at the age of 72 on Friday, October 7, 2016, following an accident sustained while he was at work. In 1962, Ron visited Seattle to attend its World’s Fair; and he fell in love with the area. He moved back to Seattle from Nebraska in 1984, and has lived here ever since.
A graduate of Clarkson High School in Clarkson, Nebraska; Ron was on their championship football team his senior year. After high school, he remained actively involved in Clarkson, including serving on their volunteer fire department, as well as being a member of the Lion’s Club, Elk’s Lodge, and Commercial Club. He was also a longtime member of the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever.
For many years he owned and operated the Kozy Korner made-to-order restaurant, affectionately known as Clarkson’s “Happy Days” drive-in. Following this, he found his life’s passion as a specialty painter; and ran his own paint company, Ron’s Painting, in both Nebraska and Washington. He was particularly adept at creating faux finishes with paint.
Ron enjoyed the outdoors, and was an avid sportsman, especially fishing and upland bird hunting. He was great at teaching his grandchildren gun safety. He loved all animals, but especially dogs; and he would share his lunch every day with his “best friend.”
Ron was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather; and enjoyed attending his grandkids’ sporting events whenever possible. His family describes him as an “original,” and that “everything he did was real and from the heart.”
Ron is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Sandy Svik, of Seattle; two sons, Jeff Svik, Kirkland, and Joseph Svik, Elk Heights; two step-children, Royce Hockett, Maltby, and Erin Hockett, Seattle; one sister, Lynn Lueschen, Enumclaw; and eight grandchildren, Ashley, Josh, Lauren, Jessie, Annalise, Jeremy, Orrin, and Stella.
Ron was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church in White Center, where a Memorial Mass will be held in his honor on Thursday, November 10th, at 6:30 pm. The address of the church is 9622 20th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98106. A reception will immediately follow next door at the church school.
The family would like memorial contributions made to Pheasants Forever, Yakima Chapter #311. You can access more information at the following link - https://www.facebook.com/events/1812364059008312/
Please visit Ron’s online obituary at www.bonneywatson.com to view photographs and sign his register book. Arrangements entrusted to BONNEY-WATSON WASHINGTON MEMORIAL, 16445 International Boulevard, SeaTac, WA 98188. Questions can be directed to (206) 242-1787.
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