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Ronald Paul Chimenti

| February 23, 2021 7:00 AM

In the late night hours of Dec. 24, 2020, Ronald Paul Chimenti entered into heaven to be with his Creator after a short battle with COVID-19.

Full of life, Ron was born Aug. 13, 1946, to Leo and Opal Chimenti in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Ron was raised in Noxon and loved hunting and fishing under the big, blue Montana skies.

Ron became a barber in 1974 and soon moved to Libby, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Anne. Ron moved his family to Spokane, Wash., in 1987 and opened Ron’s Barber Shop in Greenacres, Wash. He worked there for 30 years until his retirement in 2017. After retiring, Ron and Barb enjoyed winters in Yuma, Ariz., where they played golf, enjoyed long trips in the hot Arizona desert and partied while howling at the moon.

Ron could be described as someone with strong conservative views, being outspoken about Second Amendment rights. He always enjoyed sparring on Facebook with his more liberal friends. Ron was compassionate and caring, volunteering at American Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes during the summer, where he was affectionately known as “Razor.” He helped kids with cancer find silliness and joy while they fought their cancer battle. He also hired those with disabilities to work in his barbershop, long before it was politically correct.

Along with his wife Barbara, Ron raised six children. He gave them lifelong memories of summers at the lake house in Carey Bay, Idaho, and Conklin Park Marina as well as boat rides up the St. Joe River and trips to Harrison for big scoops of ice cream. Ron left his mark on the world and lived his life to the fullest until the very end.

Ron is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 38 years; five children, Lindsay Takisaki of Denver, Lauren Francom, Corey, Tom and Kevin May, all of Spokane, Wash.; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He is preceded in death by parents, Leo and Opal Chimenti; sister, Bonnie Yount; son, Rick May; and grandson, Brandon May.

The family will hold a celebration of life at 2 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on May 8 at Valley Real Life Church in Greenacres, Wash.