Veteran of the Month – September 2016 Ronald Rambjor

 

Ronald Rambjor was born to Aud Lonseth Rambjor Antone and Magnar Rambjor who  immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1955. Most of their family still lives in Norway today, but Aud and Magnar came seeking a better life. They made a home for themselves in  Brooklyn and later Staten Island, New York, where they created a family. Together, they had four children, Ailine, Ronald, Odd Kenneth, and Aud Karin.

When Aud took Ronald on walks in his stroller to the Leif Ericson Park in Brooklyn, kids would be practicing soccer. Ronald was mesmerized by the sport ever since. 

Ronald instantly fell in love with Norway when his family lived there for seven months. One set of his grandparents lived in town, while another set lived in the country on a farm with lots of animals. Ronald attended school and naturally played soccer or in Norway called football. 

When he returned to the States, Ronald attended Intermediate School and then high school in Staten Island. His family moved to Maine and Ronald attended his junior  year at Woodland High School and his senior year at Calais Regional High School. 

Ronald’s family renovated a 100 year old farmhouse in Cooper, Maine, living on 160 acres of land near Cathance Lake.  They all spent long days working on the farm, but took time to play in the woods and swim in the nearby lake in their free time. Ron delighted in his younger brother, mostly because he was overly clumsy and self deprecating, in a humorous way of course. His sister Ailine remembers those days as being quite fun. To this day, Ronald lights up with joy when he is around his family.

Ronald proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1977 to 1979, working in security with missiles. He said he didn’t really enjoy it. He went to boot camp at Lackland Airforce Base in San Antonio, Texas and was later stationed in South Dakota. Throughout his life, Ronald has also worked at the Woodland Mill, on an oil rig in Texas, and as a taxi driver in Maine.

Ronald enjoys the music of the 70s and 80s. He saw John Denver, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, and Garth Brooks in concert. When he was a teenager, he was quite the drummer. He and his friends liked to jam in his parents’ basement. In addition to music, Ronald enjoys walking and comedy movies.

Ronald never married nor had children. His accomplishments, however, were those like Mother Theresa spoke of, “we can do no great things, just small things with great compassion”. Ronald loves God and through that he very clearly shows his warm heart and goodness.  His family says that he has always had a heart for the homeless, for veterans, and for the downtrodden.

Ronald moved to Maine Veterans’ Homes in Machias in June 2015.  You can often hear him telling jokes, playing Bingo, or participating in any of the various activities. One thing is for sure though; you will always find Ronnie with a smile.