Ronald I. Gadolin
Ronald I. Gadolin was born Feb. 26, 1931, in Queens, N. Y., to Bror and Ruth Gadolin and died May 1, 2013. He graduated from the Naval ROTC program at the University of New Mexico in 1954 and was commissioned as an ensign. He served as a naval aviator for 24 years, flying C47s, C54s, CODs and T39s in tours of the Philippines, Japan, and Italy. He flew during the Vietnam conflict and at the height of the Cold War. He flew for the USO during the Vietnam conflict and shuttled celebrities such as Bob Hope, Rachel Welch, Connie Stevens and Joey Heatherton to entertain the troops. He received two Navy Medals (Vietnam) with combat “V”.
After retirement from the Navy, he returned to the University of West Florida to work on post- graduate studies iniIndustrial psychology. He worked briefly as a Realtor, La Quinta Hotel manager, and finally an account executive with AT&T for 15 years.
After retirement from AT&T, he and Mary B (Wendy) traveled extensively and moved to Mazatlan, Mexico, for seven years. He was active in many local charitable organizations and vice commander of the VFW. They moved to Miramar Beach in 2010.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Sylvia Senior Moore, and granddaughter, Jennifer Moore.
He is survived by his wife, Wendy; ex-wives, Sally Senior and Rachel Gadolin; children, Scott Michael and Vicki, Brad Thomas, Paul David and Lori; stepdaughters, Kelley E. West and Robin Brownell; and grandson, Joshua Nathanual and wife Kelly.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Convent Hospice. Funeral services will be held at Barrancas National Cemetery.