Ronald Stricklin England passed away peacefully on April 10th in Palm Springs, California, at the age of 73. A kind, and gentle father, Ron was beloved by his family, friends, colleagues, and his community, serving as a loving and powerful role model to many.
Ron “Ronnie” England was born on April 5, 1949, in Alvarado, Texas, to James William and Juanita Stricklin England, whose farming families have been in Johnson County, Texas for generations. The last of 4 children, Ronnie was the baby brother of James Jr. (“Bill”), Nita, and Richard (“Dick”). The family moved in his early childhood to West Texas, where his father owned a trucking company “England Moving and Storage.”
After graduating from Cooper High School in Abilene, Texas in 1967, Ron moved to Dallas to attend El Centro College, and in 1969 had a son, Mel, with Della Archuleta.
In 1970, Ron began a lifetime career in printing, becoming a Lithographer at Southwestern Lithoplate, and continued his studies at University of Texas at Dallas, majoring in Geology in 1972.
Ron married Laura Chavez, in 1973, who became the adopted mother of his son, Mel.
Beside his avid passion for bicycling, camping, and his social activism during the 60s and 70s, Ron volunteered for years with the Dallas Historical Society, creating an exhibit about the history of Dallas streets, that was displayed in the atrium lobby of Dallas City Hall in the 1980s.
In 1986 he began a nearly 30-year tenure at Color Dynamics in Allen, Texas, as a Prepress Supervisor.
In 1991, Ron married Kelly Mathis, and moved to McKinney, Texas, becoming the stepfather to her son, Brandon Herring. In 1993, they had a daughter, Ashley England.
Ron moved to Medford, Oregon in 2015, where he was semi-retired as a school bus driver, and loved spending time with his three grandchildren, Kayden, Quinn, and Rowan.
In 2017, Ron moved to Los Angeles to live with his son Mel, where he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and in 2020 they moved to Palm Springs.
A memorial will be held in his honor on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. at Clayton Kay Vaughan Funeral Home in Alvarado, Texas.