Ronald Lee Barchers
April 20, 1951- July 28, 2020
April 20, 1951 curious bright blue eyes blink open to observe a very peculiar sight, two smiling faces blotting out the view of the Bethesda Naval Hospital maternity ward, the same smile is returned briefly before being snatched away by a nurse and checked for positive vitals, Ronald Lee Barchers had just been introduced to the world.
Parents Ernest and Norma Barchers would eventually fill out the family tree with three children: Steven Douglas Barchers, Ronald Lee Barchers and Joy Elaine Barchers (Carter). It’s been said that arguably the best years to grow up were in the 50’s and 60’s, and in the suburbs of Twinbrook, located in the city of Rockville, MD were no exception.
Ronald would attend Richard Montgomery High School as a Freshman in 1966, and it was during one of these school nights at a local bonfire, that a chance meeting with Patricia Ann Shipe (Barchers) would lead to 6 years of dating and 48 years of marriage.
A sense of adventure and competitiveness enables Ron to letter in Cross Country Track and with America in a state of war for over 14 years, duty calls. One week after graduation, a young recruit is standing on a pair of yellow boot prints at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
A tour of duty in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division would instill attributes and characteristics in Ronald that would carry him for the rest of his life: Duty, Honor, Integrity, Humility and Compassion. There is nothing like a few epic skirmishes during a year-long deployment to put the frailty of life in perspective, so upon arrival stateside, Ron wasn’t taking any chances. He married his high school sweetheart Patricia and started his 30-year career as a Master Firefighter combined with 45 years as a School Bus Driver.
Throughout Ron’s illustrious dual pilgrimage, he would receive numerous awards and accolades, but nothing was more gratifying than being a first responder on the morning of September 11, 2001 when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the west wall of the Pentagon killing 189 individuals.
Free time was scarce, but when he had it, Ron would take the time out to raise his three boys, Erick August, Aaron Lee with wife Kimberly Lynn Williams (Barchers) and Kyle Robert Barchers and the preferred activity was wetting a line on the Chesapeake Bay. Fishing became more than a hobby to the Barchers family, it was what all enjoyed the most.
Nothing put a smile on the old man’s face like loading up the family truckster and heading to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for the annual summer vacation. A week of sun soaked, salt infused fishing adventures and some much needed relaxation that everyone loved.
In 1997 the family would move from Gaithersburg to Port Republic where Aaron and Kyle would attend middle and high school. Ron loved to read books and educate the masses on his findings in every type of book known to man. He also enjoyed sharing stories about any adventure that he was a part of and all the neighbors and friends from school flocked at the opportunity to be entertained by such stories. Ron would soon be known as “Pops.” The latest edition to the family would come only 4 years ago as the daughter to Kyle, Kylee Lynn Barchers, Ron’s little pride and joy as a first time ever grandfather, she was his world.
There was nothing that Pops wouldn’t do to help out anyone in need. From freeing cars stuck in the snow to cutting someone’s lawn for them or taking in kids and being a father figure and role model for them, Ron was always willing to extend a helping hand. This kindness and generosity didn’t go unnoticed. He was a hero to all who knew him.
On 28 July 2020, Ron would lose the battle to COVID-19 and those curious blue eyes closed for their final time. With a darkness that envelops the Barchers family also comes light that shines in the form of remembrance and love. A truly selfless warrior that will always be loved and missed by all.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
2:00 – 5:00 PM