In the late night hours of December 24, 2020, Ron Paul Chimenti entered into Heaven to be with his Creator after a short battle with COVID-19. The family will have a celebration of life when COVID restrictions are lifted and will notify friends of the date and time.
Full of life, Ron was born August 13, 1946, to Leo and Opal Chimenti in Coeur D’Alene. Ron was raised in Noxon, Montana, and loved hunting and fishing under the big blue Montana skies.
Ron became a barber in 1974 and soon moved to Libby, where he met the love of his life, Barbara Anne. Ron moved his family to Spokane in 1987 and soon after opened Ron’s Barber Shop in Greenacres, where he worked for 30 years until his retirement in 2017. After retirement, Ron and Barb enjoyed winters in Yuma, Arizona, where they played golf, enjoyed long trips in the hot Arizona desert and partied while howling at the moon.
Ron could be described as someone with strong conservative views, being outspoken about Second Amendment rights and he always enjoyed sparring on Facebook with his more liberal friends. Ron was compassionate and caring, volunteering at American Cancer Society’s Camp Goodtimes during the summer, where he was affectionately known as “Razor” and helped kids battling cancer find silliness and joy while they fought their cancer battle.
He also hired those with disabilities to work in his barber shop, long before it was politically correct.
Along with his wife Barbara, Ron raised six children and provided them with lifelong memories of summers at the lake house in Carey Bay, Idaho, and Conklin Park Marina along with boat rides up the St. Joe River and trips to Harrison for big scoops of ice cream.
Ron left his mark on the world and lived his life to the fullest until the very end.
Ron is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara of 38, children Lindsay Takisaki, Denver, Lauren Francom, Corey, Tom and Kevin May, all of Spokane, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by parents, Leo and Opal Chimenti. Sister Bonnie Yount, son Rick May and grandson Brandon May.