Ronald R. Lethin, 74, of Astoria, died Oct. 31, 2007, in Astoria.

He was born Jan. 27, 1933, to Clarke and Marge (Nicoll) Lethin in Glendale, Calif.

In 1945, the family moved to Salem, where he attended high school. The family moved, and he graduated from high school in Albany. While in high school, he was in the National Guard. He graduated from Oregon State University in 1956.

In 1952, he married Beverly Tigner in Albany. She survives, residing in Hammond.

While at OSU, Mr. Lethin was in the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. While on active duty, he was stationed at Quantico, Camp Pendleton, and the Marine barracks in Washington. In 1961, he was discharged, and joined the Marine Corps Reserve, where he retired in 1976 as a lieutenant colonel.

After retiring, Ron started his own land development and contracting business, C&R Builders.

Family members said he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, skiing, and anything outdoors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Col. Clarke Lethin of Camp Pendleton, Calif., David Lethin of Warrenton and Douglas Lethin of Salem; a daughter, Molly Natsues of Oakland, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two brothers, Bruce Lethin of Corvallis and Kris Lethin of Seldovia, Alaska.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday on the Aleutian Ballad, docked at the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The family suggests that people dress warmly.

Memorial contributions may be made to Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, in care of Hughes-Ransom Cremation & Mortuaries, 576 12th St., Astoria, OR 97103.

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