Aug 12, 2005
Volume 33
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Jason Sibley - Ron Zwicker
Jason Sibley - Ron Zwicker

We regret to inform the people of Seattle of the unfortunate passing of Jason Sibley, a beautiful and loved member of our community. He touched our hearts and our lives in way that bettered each and every one of us.

We will be paying our respects and thanks to Jason on Saturday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m. at the home of Eric Tafoya at 311 E. Republican St., Apt. 201 in Seattle. Anyone who would like to join us in celebration of his life here with us is invited to attend.

We love you, Jason. You will not be forgotten.
In Memory of Ron Zwicker

-by Rev. Barbara Allen, CMP

Ronald E. Zwicker, of Laurel, Wash., passed on Thursday, August 4, in Bellingham at age 56 after a battle with cancer.

Ron was born on Jan. 29, 1949, in Bellingham, Wash. to Harold and Elsie (Wheeler Hubbard) Zwicker. He graduated from Ferndale H.S., class of 1967, after growing up as a country farm boy.

His careers included working as a chef, then in ceramics with his own business, Discount Ceramics, well known at area craft fairs and online, as well as for his booth at the Bellingham Pride Festival annually, up to this year. He was also employed at Icicle Seafoods, and had been a volunteer with the Laurel Fire Department.

When possible, he enjoyed vacationing at Palm Springs.

His parents and his brothers, Benny and Melvin Zwicker, preceded Ron in death. He is survived by his son, Mikel Zwicker; sisters, Carol Pollock and Sandy Grant; and numerous other relatives and special friends who will miss him.

Ron held numerous potlucks, open to everyone including extended family from Canada, Seattle, Everett, all of northwest Washington. Ron supported the Gay Community, Whatcom PFLAG, and Skagit Valley PFLAG. Known for his generous heart, he was more concerned for friends and family than for himself. Ron was always there to listen to friends problems, and give helpful advice.

A Service of Memory and Hope was held in his behalf on August 8 at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C., on Cornwall in Bellingham, Rev. Scott Opsahl presiding, after a welcome by Rev. Cynthia Bauleke. "Amazing Grace" was sung, and a prayer read in unison:

Eternal God, we bless you for the great company of all those who have kept the fair, finished their race, and who now rest from their labor. We praise you for those dear to us, especially we give thanks for Ron Zwicker and his life among us. Help us to believe where we have not seen, trusting you to lead us through our years. Bring us at last with all your saints into the joy of your eternal home.

The 23rd Psalm was recited by all present as well, and then Luke: 25-37. Memories were shared by those attending by way of an open microphone. Scripture readings from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, and Romans 8:31-39 followed.

The hymn "It is Well With My Soul," followed by a benediction, concluded the memorial.

A lavish buffet of varied cakes, treats and sweets followed, that Ron would have enjoyed sharing.

He will be missed.

An ongoing tribute to him lives on in a rainbow painted large ceramic piggy bank, one of the last things he ever fired, that was gifted to Skagit PFLAG by Chris Benson to be used in fund raising for Skagit's "Fab-5" youth group and services. (See PFLAG article this edition, and R.Z. story)
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