Ronald E. Angermuller died May 10, 2018, at the Brian Center, after a long illness. He was born August 1, 1929, in Ancon, in the former US Panama Canal Zone. His grandfather Michael Kenny had come to Panama as a mason to work in Canal Construction Days from Brooklyn, NY, bringing his wife and 4 daughters, and Ron had a wonderful life there as a third generation Canal Zone brat, playing water polo and sports in schooldays.
After 2 years at the Canal Zone Jr. College, Ron enlisted in the USMC in 1953 and became a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, SC. Then he was posted to Allied Forces Southern Europe NATO Hq. in Naples, Italy in 1954, and became the Admiral’s Marine orderly. He met his future wife in 1955: Linnea Olson of Portland, Oregon, who was a secretary in the Admiral’s offices.
They returned to the Canal Zone after his discharge and he worked in various jobs, and then as an Admeasurer for the Marine Bureau. He later became Director of Admeasurement, and retired from the Panama Canal Company in 1982. He was a member of the B.P.O.E. 1542 and had become a Grand Lodge officer in 1981: Grand Esteemed Leading Knight.
He was active in a barbershop quartet, the Cristobal Little Theatre, the Tarpon Club, House Committee Chairman of the Elks Lodge, director of the Margarita Credit Union, and coached the Pony softball League.
In the last years in the Zone, he made at least 4 long trips abroad with PanCanal officials for tolls studies to assess maritime agencies’ input and reaction to higher tolls.
He and Linnea moved to Hendersonville, NC in 1982, where Ron spent many happy years playing golf, hitting 13 holes-in-one over the years. He attended several Panama Canal Society Reunions in Orlando, Fla. as well. He was a former president of the local Western North Carolina Panama Canal Society, and was a board member of the Hendersonville Community Co-op for ten years.
He was pre-deceased by his parents Ernest and Norma (Kenny) Angermuller, and his younger brother, Michael.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linnea; their son and wife, Larry and Elizabeth of Kinder, Louisiana; and their daughter Britta, of Navarre, Florida; as well as Michael’s son Sean Angermuller of Falls Church, Va.
Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to Pisgah Legal Services – Justice For All Project which provides legal aid to low-income immigrants who are eligible to secure legal immigration status and/or work authorization, or to Manna FoodBank.org