Get to know a Golden senior: Joseph ‘Ron’ Ronald Leger

Posted 12/20/19

 After about 46 years of marriage, Ron Leger was lost after his first wife died.

So, he bought a car and took a three-week cross-country road trip to visit friends and family. When he …

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Get to know a Golden senior: Joseph ‘Ron’ Ronald Leger

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After about 46 years of marriage, Ron Leger was lost after his first wife died.
So, he bought a car and took a three-week cross-country road trip to visit friends and family. When he returned to Golden, Leger got involved with water aerobics and the Rocky Mountain Ramblers, a seniors’ hiking group.
And around that time, Leger became Golden’s driver.
Leger, 85, a Pleasant View resident for 55 years, drove the Golden Community Center’s Front Porch excursion van for about 13 years.
“I drove everywhere in the state,” Leger said. “From the Wyoming state line to Pueblo.”
Today, the big excursion trips are canceled Leger said. But when they were in full swing, Leger added, he would drive people to wolf preserves and buffalo ranches, the Royal Gorge, the Shambhala Mountain Center and the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, among other destinations.
“In general, people need to be with people,” Leger said. And “I enjoyed the people.”
Leger was born in Massachusetts on Oct. 29, 1934, and grew up with five siblings.
He came to Colorado Springs in 1956 for basic training for the Army and that August, he married his first wife, Yvonne, a 1954 Miss Colorado beauty pageant contestant. Two weeks after they got married, Leger was deployed to Europe with the military.
When Leger returned, the couple lived in Colorado Springs for six years until Leger got a job with the federal government. They were renting a home in Denver when Leger heard of a house for sale in Pleasant View. They went to go see it, and what sold them on it, Leger said, was the view. They purchased the home in 1964 and Leger has lived there since.
After 38 years of employment with the government’s printing office, Leger took an early retirement to help care for his ailing wife. Yvonne died in 2002.
Leger eventually met Bonnie, and they got married in 2008.
“I had a lot of fun with her,” Leger said, adding that he and Bonnie did a lot of travelling together — all around Europe and the United States.
Bonnie died about four years ago.
Leger raised two children with Yvonne and both still live locally. Bonnie had four adopted children. One lives in Littleton and the others are spread out in U.S. cities.
Leger is proud of what he calls his toy — a white 1963 Thunderbird in “perfect condition,” Leger said, which he drives only for car events such as car shows and parades.
A member of the Rocky Mountain Thunderbird Club, every summer, Leger participates in the club’s Mystery Cruise.
“You meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. somewhere in Denver,” Leger said, “then you go out to the parking lot and they tell you where you’re going.”
The destinations are generally to places with scenic drives such as Estes Park or Cripple Creek, Leger said. Sometimes up to 40 people go on the Mystery Cruises, Leger added.
“We enjoy company, plus we like to show our cars off,” Leger said. “Seniors need to have companions. You don’t want to just sit at home and be a bump on a log.”

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