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Mayor Backus declares Sept. 5 Ronald H. Beyersdorf Day of Remembrance


Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus has declared Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023, as Ronald H. Beyersdorf Day of Remembrance in honor of the late Ron Beyersdorf, 79, who passed away peacefully on May 9, 2023.

Beyersdorf served on several boards and commissions throughout the years, including the White River Valley Museum Board for 14 years.


He loved history and was an avid cartographer, making several high-resolution maps with museum staff. Ronnie has earned the respect and admiration of our residents because of his deep knowledge, experience, wisdom and community spirit.

Beyersdorf was also a founding member of the Auburn Boccee Club.

“Ronnie was a remarkable individual who touched our hearts and enriched our community in countless ways,” said Thomas Ginsburg, Board member of the White River Valley Museum. “His dedication to Auburn was unparalleled as he tirelessly worked on projects from revitalizing our local parks to organizing fundraising drives. He was a true role model, the embodiment of dedication. May we continue to draw strength from his example, and carry forward his legacy of compassion, dedication and community spirit.”

From his obituary:


Ronnie is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rosetta, son Kenny (Sarah), daughters Erika Moore and Amy Cole (Jason), five cherished grandchildren: Joey, Stella, Avery, Siena, and Vinny, and three fur grandbabies: Lola, Harvey and Kya, whom Ronnie adored. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Ronnie proudly served his country in the Army from 1962-1964. He was an active member of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, where he served as State Orator. Ronnie was also Board President of the White River Valley Museum in Auburn.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ronnie’s memory to the White River Valley Museum or Auburn Sons of Italy Scholarship Fund. Donations to the museum can be mailed to the Museum or made online at Donations to the Sons of Italy can be mailed to PO Box 1224, Auburn, WA 98002.


“He will be deeply missed.”

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