ATASCADERO — Ronald T. Landis, 74, of Atascadero died on Jan. 6, 2013.
Ron was born in Paso Robles to Torrence and Mabel Landis, grew up in Atascadero and graduated from Atascadero High School in 1956. He served in the Army National Guard and worked for Chevron for 29 years.
An avid classic car enthusiast, Ron completed several restorations. He was involved in local car clubs and enjoyed showing and cruising his cars. He also had a large collection of 1950s memorabilia.
He was an active member in the Atascadero community as a member of many clubs, including Elks, Moose, Atascadero Trail Riders, Atascadero Jaycees, Mid-State Cruizers and Golden State Classics.
Ron lived a full and vibrant life enjoying music, dancing, playing practical jokes and was known for throwing wonderful barbecues at his Atascadero home. Some were lucky enough to hear him play “boogie woogie” piano. His love of boating, fishing and camping were well known. He also gave “a hard time” to all, and came up with original nicknames. Once granted, the names stuck no matter how embarrassing.
His grandchildren cherish memories of him making them “sodie-floats” and milkshakes, putting on elaborate Easter egg hunts, and taking them cruising in his classic cars. He built them a three-story tree fort, taught them to ride on the old Appaloosa “Dolly” and to keep their eyes out for a good bargain.
Ron was always there to help a friend or family member in need, no job was too small. He was a dedicated family man who leaves behind a large family.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Landis.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, and her children, John Lewis, Jerry Lewis, and William Norris; his children, Jeanine Dowling, Lynette Miller, Rodney Landis, Russell Landis, and Randy Cronkright; his sister, Phyllis Landis; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A service and reception celebrating his life will be held today at 4 p.m. at Atascadero Bible Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall in Atascadero.
In lieu of flowers donations in Ron’s name may be made to the local VFW, Hospice Partners of the Central Coast or the Wounded Warrior Project.
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