Ronald L. Romero

Date of Birth

September 23, 1934

Date of Death

August 21, 2022

Ronald Romero, of Lompoc, passed away peacefully, in his home surrounded by his girls, a month shy of his 88th birthday. He joins his loving wife Bernice, to whom he was married to for 57 years, prior to her passing in February 2021.

Ron or “The Bear” as he liked to be called, was a much loved father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and new great-grandfather to baby Eleanor Mae, born this spring.

He was one of eight children, all of whom have passed, each born in Santa Barbara to Joseph L. and Frances (Valencia) Romero. He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Windes of Arizona, his greatest joys, his three granddaughters, Samantha Von Bargen, Jessica Youmans and Briana Von Bargen. He had a special place in his heart for his nieces, Cindy, Lisa and Janice and for his in-laws, Mike and Mona Lopez.

Ron was an industrious, sincere and dedicated man when it came to his close family and profession. He often bestowed tid bits of advice or wisdom where he saw fit, even if it wasn’t necessarily asked for. He shared with those he loved, his work ethic and belief that nothing in life is free and that everything you desire must be worked hard for. He advised us about living within our means whenever the topic of finances came up. His brand of “tough” love will leave a lasting impression on us and the generations after, as we pass on the life lessons taught to us.

Most notably Ron was proud of his profession, serving as a Santa Barbara County Firefighter for 27 years. He took on tasks for the union, assisting his fellows, even after his retirement in 1994. His coworkers remember him as a “Mainstay and stabilizing force for Firefighters Local 2046 for decades, during turbulent times for firefighters.” He would fondly recall breakfasts with his fellow retirees and would frequently regale us with stories from the fires or accidents he served on.

There were many facets to The Bear, all of which he took on with gusto. He was an avid reader and life long learner. He had many different collections and not to mention his love for a shot or two of Crown Royal. So as we remember Ron fondly we salute you…¡Arriba,abajo,al centro y pa’ dentro!

A special thank you to the Caregivers for all the care during Ron’s final weeks, especially Rose.

There will be a small celebration of life 11:30am to 3:30pm on Saturday October 29, 2022, held at the Events Mission Valley in Lompoc. Email: by Oct. 20th if you plan on attending.


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