Ronald Ivan Koftinow

Ronald Ivan Koftinow

November 28,1952 – January 23, 2022

Ronald Ivan was the firstborn son, delivered in Turlock, California, to John and Joyce (Pittman) Koftinow. Ron was a Boy Scout, a paper boy, an older brother who developed skills to become a problem solver, negotiator and devoted father. He served under President Nixon’s draft notice in the U.S. Army. After the Army, Ron returned to USF to complete his business degree. Later Ron returned to Turlock to work for Snider Lumber as a controller.

Beginning in 1980, Ron married Debbie Hall, passed the C.P.A. Exam, finished his Masters in business from CSUS, fathered daughter Sasha and son Michael, opened his C.P.A. practice, built a home, went on school field trips and continued his love of hunting. After long tax seasons, Ron would gather family and friends and travel to Molokai, Maui, Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Russia, France, United Kingdom and many other countries. 

In the early decades Ron ran with the bulls in Spain, completed the S.F. Marathon, and participated in The Death Ride, which involved 103 miles cycling through the California Alps. He also went to 49er & S.F. Giants games, music concerts, and “the duck club”. This past August Ron, Debbie and friends returned to Germany.

Ron loved music, but his Sirius car channel knew only one station – Tom Petty. Almost every Friday he would share a guys group lunch with his Turlock friends and Sundays family would gather at Table 26 for lunch.   He cherished family, friends, home and his Springer Spaniels.

Ron Koftinow passed Sunday, January 23,2022 in his home sitting in his favorite chair. His loving wife and Springers were with him when he lost his health battle. Lifelong friends Michael and Dana Schmidt and brother Dan supported Debbie with the transition of Sunday night. Friend Dennis Graspointner spent many January 2022 hours helping Ron and Debbie. Ron spent the weekend doing what he truly enjoyed — watching exciting football games, visiting with friends, and reading.

Ron is preceded in death by his father John. Ron is survived by his wife Debbie, children Sasha (San Francisco) and Michael (Tempe, AZ), mother Joyce (Turlock), brothers Daniel (Turlock) and Kevin (Modesto), nephews Chris (Utah) and Evan (Newman), cousins and many loyal friends.

A memorial service will be held at Allen Mortuary, 247 North Broadway, Turlock on Monday, January 31, 2022, 4:00 pm. A private burial will be held in February.

Ron’s charities included Veteran Associations, Teen Challenge, Friends of the Library, wildlife foundations, fire, sheriff & police, education, and everything that made community stronger. If donations are made in Ron’s memory, please select the organization of your choice to build a stronger community.

8 Comments

  • Sherry Ireland January 27, 2022 5:01 am

    Dear Debbie and family. Sending my prays and thoughts with you. Ron was such a wonderful boss to me for many years. I enjoyed discussing books we read and asking what he thought about the cartoon The Other Side which we shared many a laugh with. I will always remember his laugh and great stories. He truly loved life and his family. Sherry Ireland.

    • Debbie Koftinow January 27, 2022 4:58 pm

      Sherry, Ron thought the world of you. Thank you for laughing with him.

  • Michelle Dutra January 28, 2022 7:10 pm

    Debbie & family,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time. I worked with Ron, he was a great boss. He shared stories of the good times with Mike & Ken. His laugh & smile will definitely be missed. He loved his family & dogs. Also talking about family vacations all over the world.

  • Lynette Koftinow January 31, 2022 4:27 am

    Dear Debbie, Mike, and Sasha
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband and father. His beautiful spirit is with you now and always.
    Sending you Healing blessings and Love.
    Lynette

  • Cathy Gerlitz January 31, 2022 4:45 am

    Hi Debbie…I want you to know how much Kenny (who passed over 5 years ago) and I appreciated Ron’s expertise in taking vare of us with taxes for so many years! We will always remember him fondly. I am sending you love and my condolences as you and your family begin the grieving process of this great loss. My kids and I have also experienced this great loss when Ken passed away 5 years ago. May God be with you and your family. Take care.

  • Susan and Robert Levy January 31, 2022 9:31 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Ron was so helpful to our family and also in supporting our community via CBS concert series and other greater community causes. I love hearing about his hunting trips and always made time with us in sharing his adventures.

  • Kay & Steve Fike February 19, 2022 4:17 pm

    Dear Debbie and family,
    We are shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Ron.
    We always think of Ron with his quick smile and friendly way about him—always having time to engage in a conversation and the interest to ask how we are doing. Ron had a zest for life and always enjoyed describing the plans you two had for an upcoming European trip, always talking about his family, and discussing the issues of the day.
    We feel fortunate to have known Ron and we will cherish our memories with him.
    Ron was a prince, he loved his family and lived a full life. May you find comfort in the beautiful memories you shared with him.
    We are thinking of you during this difficult time and our healing prayers go out to you in your time of deep sorrow.
    With love,
    Kay and Steve Fike

  • Ted Rutter March 8, 2022 12:12 am

    Debbie,
    I was very sad to recently learn about the passing of Ron. My deepest thoughts and Condolences to you and the Family. I know that your loving heart will find peace and you’ll be reunited on the other side.

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