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Category: News - Features (Archived) Created: 06/04/2006 02:07 AM
URL(s): N/A Updated: 06/30/2007 08:16 PM
OBA Founder Ron Fix Heads West
September 1, 1942 - June 3, 2006
By OBA Staff

Mr. Ronald Eugene Fix
September 1, 1942 - June 3, 2006

Col. Ronald E. Fix, USMC (ret.) passed away unexpectedly, Saturday, June 3, 2006.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 10, 2006, at 3:00 PM at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home & Memorial Park in Colleyville. A burial service will be held at Dallas-Ft. Worth National Cemetery at a later date.

Ron was born September 1, 1942 in Elgin, Illinois to Carlton L. Fix and Lillian Scharrer Fix. He graduated from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and received his Master of Science Degree from Troy State University.

He was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. by the USMC on June 3, 1964. He served his country as a Marine Aviator with numerous duty stations, including two tours in Vietnam. Ron was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, 63 Air Medals, and numerous other recognitions. He attended the Air Command and Staff College and was assigned to the U. S. Pentagon.

Following his retirement from the USMC June 1, 1991, Ron was employed as a stock broker and later became a pilot for a regional airline in California. He was employed by American Eagle Airlines as a First Officer in 1995 and became a flight instructor for Eagle in 1998. Later as a Captain, he was the Lead Embraer Regional Jet Ground School Instructor until his death.

Ron is survived by his wife, Gerry Harrison Fix; his mother, Lillian Fix; his son, James R. Fix and family; his daughter, Kimberly Fix; and a brother, Carlton (Bud) Fix and his family.

In lieu of flowers a donation to the OV-10 Bronco Assoc. is requested.

Ron Fix Memorial Fund
OV-10 Bronco Association (OBA)
505 NW 38th Street
Hangar 33 South
Fort Worth, TX 76106

The Bronco Association is a non-profit aviation museum founded by Ron Fix and friends.

Memorial service to be held Saturday, June 10 at 3:00 P.M.

Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home & Memorial Park
5725 Colleyville Blvd.
Colleyville, TX 76034
(817) 498-5894

This obituary is from the Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home website.

Ron Fix (or "SandDollar" to many of his friends) is caught here in a lighter moment with some of his VMO-2 squadron alumni during BroncoFest V in July, 2005. Ron is the second guy from the left. Ron's great dedication, friendship, and leadership will be very missed by many, many people.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Col. Ron "SandDollar" Fix, USMC (Ret.), passed away suddenly on the evening of Saturday, June 3, 2006 from a heart attack. Ron was one of the seven men who founded the OV-10 Bronco Association in 1998, and had in the past served as president and as a director of the organization, and had remained deeply involved up until his untimely passing. More importantly, Ron was a good friend to many... by all accounts, Ron was one of the "good guys" and often was consulted for his wise and practical advice. A career Marine, SandDollar dedicated much time and effort to the OV-10 Bronco Association and was a driving force behind many of the OBA's efforts. Ron was also the Lead Embraer RJ Instructor for American Eagle Airlines in Dallas.

Ron is survived by his wife Gerry, brother Bud, mother Lillian, son Jim and daughter Kim. We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Ron's entire family and his many friends.

Ron's family has requested that friends consider honoring Ron's memory by making a donation in his name to the OV-10 Bronco Association.

Ron's wife may be contacted at:

Gerry Fix
2201 Highland Meadows Dr.
Colleyville, TX, 76034
(817) 488-5581


As word of Ron's untimely passing has spread throughout the OV-10/FAC community, many friends have passed along some of their memories, stories, and thoughts about Ron. We'd like to share some of them with you here.

    I'm very sorry to hear this. What a loss.

    He helped out in many different ways the Colombian Wing Bronco Association.

    We all the CWOBA members are gonna missed him.

    Salute to his family, and my prayers for his soul in the pilots heaven.


    CWOBA President

    Hand Salute... he will be missed (sounds trite... but true!)

    He, along with others, gave us the OBA, which morphed into a bigger entity, and the enjoyment and memories that go with it.

    Ned "Crash" Helm

    Il pleut dans mon coeur comme il pleut sur la ville, quelle est cette langeur qui penetre mon coeur? Mon dauphin est mort. Quelle tragedie.

    Ron first busted my chops in 1971, and I've loved him ever since. We've lost a classic.

    Gordy "Bear" Evans

    It has taken me 3 days to get my head wrapped around this and I am hating it. Every time I saw Ron, he hugged me, I don't get hugged a lot and I think he knew it. I was his P/C at Marble in '69 when he was flying Cobras, we have history. We shared then and 35+ years later he and Jim let me share their vision for OBA. There is absolutely nothing that I wouldn't do for a Hostage and they all know it.

    Roy "Arm" Pitt

    Hand salute to a fellow aviator and veteran who has given so much to our heritage. Prayers and best wishes to his family.

    Darrel Whitcomb, Nail 25

    Very sad and shocking news, indeed. I didn't know SandDollar quite as well as some of you, but I always looked forward to seeing Ron and Gerry when I was able to get to Texas and always enjoyed my email and phone exchanges with him. This is a loss to us in many ways, aside from the obvious loss of a dear friend, Ron was a strong voice behind the scenes of the Bronco Association, and he always had sage and wise advise on a multitude of subjects important to our efforts. Without Ron's efforts in many areas, the OBA would likely not be where it is today. Ron was one of the guys who saw a need for such an organization early on, and helped to make sure it happened. Needless to say, he also served his country with honor, and later on he went on to train a lot of airline pilots to fly more safely. You and I are safer, both as a nation and as flying airline passengers, as a result.

    In short, I think we can honestly say something about Ron Fix that we all should hope can be said about us when our time on earth is done... this world was a better place because of Ron having been here. And that ain't too shabby if you ask me.

    I am certainly but one of a great many voices who will agree that the world is a bit of a poorer place without Ron in it... though I certainly hope that the guys up in Heaven really got ready for him because I'm sure he's already taking charge of some projects! I am certainly sad and mourn that he's had to leave us for now, but I assure you that I am also rejoicing that not only did Ron have a saving faith in the good Lord but that God even went so far as to bless the rest of us by bringing us to get to know Ron.

    It has been a real honor and a privilege to call SandDollar a friend for the past 8 years. Gerry and the rest of his family and friends will be in our prayers. Godspeed, my friend, and thank you. Ya done good.

    Mike and Kristin Whaley

    I believe it was Ron who had the dubious pleasure of introducing me to airborne FAC work out of Yuma, low over the Chocolate Mountains in June of '73.

    A full flight of four F-4's out of Miramar carried six live low-drag Mk-82's each. Ron had them dropping one at a time in 30 degree dives, putting a quick halt to the advancing trucks and ConEx boxes. It was hot, bumpy, smelled bad from the kerosene fumes that drifted in the back at high angles of attack, and throbbingly noisy like only the back seat of an OV-10 could be. I had enough before we even entered the range airspace. Ron didn't start enjoying himself until we'd done about 10 of our 24 high-G race tracks. His real delight came when this self-declared world's-greatest-future-fighter-pilot had to clean up the rear seat and parts of the tail cones. I think his day was made most by showing me, at least, what airplanes real men actually fly, and how they fly them.

    Godspeed Ron.

    Mike Hardaway

    It was a shock, to say the least, to hear about Sand Dollar's passing. Neither Camille or I could believe it when we heard the news. We will miss Ron as a Founder and a good friend. Ron an I first met in VMO-2 at Marble Mountain in 1969 and served together until the squadron split and we moved the Broncos to Da Nang. We both got orders back to VMO-2 at Pendleton when it was reformed from of cadre status 1 Oct 1971.

    I left the Corps in '74 and did not see Ron again until 1993 at the VMO-2 Deactivation. A few years later I got in touch with Mike Richardson about his acquiring an OV-10 for the TEXAS AIR COMMAND only to find out that he had two "buddies" also involved who were Marine Bronco pilots. They happened to be Sand Dollar and Grump. After that it was only a matter of time until the OBA was off and running. In September 1998 we announced the OBA to the world at POP-A-Smoke in Pensacola Beach. I also had the pleasure of meeting Sanddollar's better half -- Gerry -- at the reunion. Over the next 8 years we had a lot of contact and interaction with both Ron and Gerry.

    Here's a Hand Salute. Semper Fi SandDollar

    IGOR and Camille Burin

    Another one of our "brothers" gone ahead........hand in peace.......R2

    Randy Roberts

    Ron-San was one of the truly good guys.

    Rusty Sachs

    I believe this poem by C. David Hay discribes my feelings for Col. Ron Fix.

    My prayers are with his FAMILY and the OBA Family

    Respectfully Submitted
    Dave & Penny Rabing

Oh, to catch the winds of flight
And soar where eagles go,
To leave the woe of troubled
souls behind me far below,

I'd listen to the song of birds
And sail in endless flight,
Chase the Sun through cloudy paths
And play with the stars at night.
The boundless heavens for my home,
The breeze to lift me high,
To rise above my mortal bonds
And never have to die.

Knowing I had found the way
To trails where angels trod,
And when my wings could
Fly no more
I'd take the hand of GOD.
By C. David Hay

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