CDR Ronald Lewis Stoddart, USN, Ret., 82
CDR Ronald Stoddart, 82, died Nov. 23, 2013 after a brief struggle with leukemia.
Ron was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in Idaho Falls, the first child of Lewis James and Verda Mae Judd Stoddart.
When he was a young boy the family moved to Blackfoot where Ron attended school through graduation.
He joined the U.S. Navy in August 1950, and followed his dream to become a naval aviator.
He married his beloved wife, Jean Marie Harvey, on Dec. 18, 1965.
After joining the Navy in 1950, he underwent recruit training at Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif. His next duty station was the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Millington, Tenn., where he attended courses in electrical and electronic theory and graduated as an aviation electronics technician.
He then served at various duty stations, becoming an air combat crewman and as a radio/radar man flying in TBM and JD (B-26) aircraft.
In 1954, Ron was ordered to NAS Pensacola as a Naval Aviation Cadet for Preflight Training. Following “Preflight”, he was ordered to Basic Flight training at various airfields flying SNJ and T-288 aircraft, completing his solo flight in early September, 1954.
In 1955, Ron was ordered to Advanced Flight Training to fly TV2 and FSF-2 jets, and in mid-August received his Navy Wings of Gold.
From May to December 1966 he was in the Vietnam war aboard the U.S.S. Constellation, Airwing-15, VF161, flying F-4 Phantoms. He flew day and night combat missions over Vietnam and flew close air support missions for naval forces. He has 98 combat missions to his credit. Upon his return, he was stationed at VF121 at NAS Miramar.
In 1968, Ron attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His next duty station was at NAS Pt. Mugu where he served as the executive officer of VX-4, followed by a tour of duty in Yokosuka, Japan with the 7th Fleet Staff aboard the USS Oklahoma City. In 1974, Ron served as the XO of Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, Penn.. He retired in 1979 from the Naval Air Propulsion Center in Trenton, New Jersey.
Decorations and commendations include Meritorious Service Medal, 9 Air Medals, and 3 Navy Commendation Medals with Combat “V”. He was a dedicated serviceman to his country, and a devoted husband and father.
Upon his retirement from the U.S. Navy in 1979, he and his wife retired to Escondido, Calif. In his retirement Ron turned his passion for flying to remote control aircraft. He was the past president of the Lake Poway Skimmers and a member of the Palomar RC Flyers.
Ron and his wife, Jean, loved to travel and were constantly on the move, traveling the US and Europe. Ron especially loved Italy and they traveled there several times, visiting relatives and touring the sites.
Preceding Ron in death were his parents; his sister Darlene Hibbert, and two infant siblings.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jean Stoddart; his stepdaughter Sandra Lake of Lakeside, Calif.; brother Richard Kent (Karen) Stoddart of Blackfoot and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service with Military Honors was held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
There was a gathering of family and friends following the service at Miguel’s, 2912 Shelter Island Drive.