OCEAN PARK - Ronald Joseph Burt, 40, died Oct. 24, 2003 in Ocean Park. Born in Orange, Calif., on Feb. 13, 1963, he was the son of Joseph and Pearl (Jones) Burt.

When he was a young child his family moved to Ilwaco. He attended the third grade at the school in Chinook and then attended grammar school in Long Beach until he entered high school in Ilwaco. During his junior year in high school he joined the military. He served three years with the U.S. Army and obtained his GED.

After being honorably discharged from military service Mr. Burt lived for a time in Denver, Colo., where he attended college. Several years later he returned to his childhood home, the Long Beach Peninsula where he worked in the oystering, seafood cannery and gillnet fishing industries. He had also worked as a gardener with Green Angel Gardening of Long Beach and had recently been employed as a yardman for Oman and Son Building Materials of Long Beach.

He was a friendly, outgoing man who liked the outdoors and enjoyed clam digging, feeding the birds, horticulture and also liked cats. He loved all sports especially golf which he played regularly. He never married.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas Burt and Dosia Burt Ames of Hudson, Mich., and Frank and Sarah Jones of Ilwaco and his half-brother Virgil Jones of Vancouver. Survivors include his parents Joseph and Pearl Burt of Long Beach; his half-sister Elaine Durham of Vancouver; half-brothers Jack Jones and Charles Jones of Vancouver; uncle Frank Jones of Long Beach; uncle Tom Burt and his wife Carolyn of Shaftsburg, Mich.; aunts and uncles Ann and Richard Browning of Mission Viejo, Calif., and Clara and George Plunkett of Vancouver and numerous nieces and nephews.

No public service is scheduled. The family suggests memorial donations in his memory be made to the South Pacific County Humane Society, 330 NE 2nd Street, Long Beach, WA 98631. Cremation arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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