Obituary for Ronald George Senechal, former CFO for diocese

Obituary for Ronald George Senechal, former CFO for diocese

Ronald George Senechal
June 6, 1938 to May 13, 2016

Ron was born on June 6, 1938 in New Britain, Connecticut. He graduated from New Britain High School in 1956. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Geochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1961. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity Delta Chapter. Ron went on to conduct post-graduate studies at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, New York.

Ron was a man of many talents. His degree in geochemistry led him to work for Isotopes, Inc., the U.S. Bureau of Standards, and as a research geochemist at Oregon State University working with radioactive isotopes. When the grant funds expired at OSU, Ron made a major career change going to work as Chief Financial Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of (Western) Oregon (between 1987 and 1996).

Ron loved cars and was a skilled mechanic, electrician, and woodworker, making several items of furniture for his home. His other hobbies included building models, model trains, astronomy, and he was an avid reader.

Ron was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, and served on the vestry and was an active member of the building and grounds committee.

He is predeceased by his parents, George Augustin Senechal, a pharmacist, and Louise Mary Schmalz Senechal, who kept the accounts for her husband, as well as being a homemaker. He is also predeceased by his beloved dog, Taffy, and beloved cat, Smudge.

Ron is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Desiree L. Jenkins Senechal, his sister, Anne Senechal Faust of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, various cousins, and his beloved cat, H.B. Shipley.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan at 35th and Harrison streets in Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Simon C. Justice officiating. Ron’s ashes will be placed in the church columbarium.

Donations in Ron’s memory would be deeply appreciated and may be made to the ASPCA and to Benton Hospice Service in lieu of flowers.