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Ronald A Luchejko

4/5/2017



**Update**   Memorial visiting will be held from 4-8 PM on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the Garfield VFW Post 2867, 340 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ.  Ronnie will be laid to rest at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ on Friday, April 21, 2017, promptly at 11 AM.


 Ronald A. Luchejko, age 70 of Wayne, died at home at Wednesday, April 5, 2017. He was the owner of Ronnie’s Car & Truck Sales on Hamburg Turnpike for nearly twenty years.

Ronnie grew up in Wallington, NJ and graduated high school in 1964. Shortly after graduation he was drafted into the U.S. Army and headed to Vietnam. His time in Vietnam was essentially typical, which means he did things and saw things that no teenage boy should ever experience and Ronnie was haunted for the rest of his life. Ronnie was always very private about such things and few people knew this side of him. He battled with PTSD, he struggled to get adequate treatment through the V.A., and then when cancer began to appear, there was little anyone could do. Over the years though, Ronnie found some of the best support ever at the Garfield VFW post 2867. Here, along with fellow veterans who were battling the very same demons, Ronnie found comfort. It is those friends who helped get him through his darkest days, and Ronnie’s family is grateful to each and every one of those veterans.

After his discharge, Ronnie worked in construction for a short while, but he loved working on cars. He eventually owned a body shop in Garfield and then he started buying and selling cars. He opened his own car lot; Ronnie’s Car & Truck Sales on Hamburg Turnpike in Wayne and he has been operating there since 2001.

In his free time, Ronnie enjoyed spending time at their beach house at the Jersey Shore. With his family, he would go boating, ride their wave runners, or go fishing off the beach. Hunting in Pennsylvania was also a favorite pastime in the fall. Ronnie also loved to go antiquing and he collected more than he probably should have. In recent years, he loved going to the Goodwill store to see what ‘treasures’ other people had donated there. His wife, Candice, would joke that while Ronnie was shopping in the front of the store, she was around back donating items from his ‘collection.’

Ronnie and his wife Candice (Tabor) met while in high school. She was much younger than Ronnie and used to follow him around everywhere he went. Like a typical teenage boy, Ronnie did everything to avoid her. But after he returned from Vietnam, Candice was all grown up, and the two of them began dating, and dating, and dating. More than ten years went by (Ronnie was known to be a little bit stubborn) before they finally married on January 23, 1977 at Holy Ascension Ukranian Orthodox Church in Clifton. They had planned to honeymoon in Jamaica, but the citizens were rioting at the time, so they detoured to Hawaii instead. After returning home, they settled in West Orange, NJ before moving to Wayne in 1979. They raised their two wonderful children together and their marriage has endured for nearly forty years. Ronnie wasn’t the easiest man to live with, Candice will confess, but they stood by each other and she took care of him as best as she could. Candice and her children will miss Ronnie dearly.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Candice, of Wayne, two children; Daria Leidig and her husband Sean of Kinnelon, NJ, and Ronald, Jr. of Wayne, one granddaughter; Sienna Leidig of Kinnelon, and his three beloved Yorkies; Cameron, Sydney, and Sadie.

Ronnie’s family is planning a memorial service to be held in the near future. Please check back here for updated information which will be added when available.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Garfield VFW Post 2867, 340 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ 07026 would be appreciated.

Guest Book

4/6/2017

It was heartbreaking to hear the news of Ron's passing and the pain and Suffering he endured these last few years. We will always remember our 36 years of friendship and all the good times we shared together. Remember all those nights on the deck until all hours before the children came. Rich and Ron never tired of each other's company. I wish we had spent more time together but we have wonderful memories that we will always hold dear. We raised our children together and now our daughters are raising their Children together as friendship endures forever. Candi, Ronnie,Daria,Sean and Sienna we are praying that God gives you the strength to endure the pain and suffering of Ron's passing. Love, Sonia and Rich

Sonia and Rich Horvath

4/6/2017

I'm so saddened to hear of Ron's passing. Such a handsome man and always pleasant to me. The sacrifices, trauma and heartbreak that our veterans have endured, especially those who served in VietNam MUST be given more attention. To allow those who have served and kept our country free to suffer in silence is unacceptable. Ron your burdens are now lifted. May you rest in the arms of angels.

Robin Regenburgh

4/6/2017

Candy, we are so sorry for your loss.Our prayers are with you.

Robert and Barbara Reddington

4/6/2017

Candy, Daria, Sean & Ronnie, We are So very saddened to hear of Ron's passing. Such a brave man who proudly served our country is to be honored. He was a good man who loved his family, and it was so very sad that he suffered such distress and illness in his final years. Please remember all of the happy times you shared together. May Ron be at peace in heaven. Much Love, Darlene & Scott

Darlene & Scott Walode

4/6/2017

Candy, I am so sorry for your loss. Although I did not know Ron personally I remember your stories of your life with Ron and the children....always happy and funny stories. Condolences to you and your family.

Eileene Hutchinson

4/6/2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Candice, Ronnie, Jr., Daria, Sean, Sienna & 3 sweet Yorkies. May you all be comforted in knowing Ronnie is at peace in the loving care of Jesus.and his Angels. God bless you all. Phyllis Crawford and Jonathan Krawiec

Phyllis Crawford

4/6/2017

We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Ron's passing. He will be sorely missed. We will remember our fun times down the shore eating his awesome pizza and mighty fine calzones. He was a master with his grill and bricks. We loved hearing about his finds of his Saturday morning trips to the flea markets and the bargains he found there. And boy did he love Walmart. We love you guys and our prayers are with all of you. May God give you peace.

Debbie & Jeff Hart

4/6/2017

I need to mention how proud Ron was of Sienna, his granddaughter. He talked about her all the time and how smart she is. Recently Jeff visited him and Ron took Jeff to Daria & Sean's house and showed him around. He was so proud of the house they built and could not stop telling stories of Sienna.

Debbie & Jeff Hart

4/7/2017

So sorry for your loss...Ron was a dear friend to me and so often I'd find myself saying " I'm gonna ask Ronnie". I said it even today. He was so valiant even to the very end. Someone to be admired... I will miss him terribly.

Maura Kayal

4/8/2017

Candi,Daria Sean Ron Jr To you go my Heartfelt Sympathies. Ron , Dad was an HONORABLE HONEST PROUD MAN! A man that was Proud of his service to America! THANK YOU RON something he did not hear enough of. I am Thankful and proud for having the opportunity to meet you and become your friend ,which I will be always! Did you have to be so stubborn? Yea you did cuz that was YOU

Pete

4/10/2017

Candi...very Sad to hear! It's been 27 years since we've moved from Wayne...30 years since we were neighbors...a very looong time! I'll ALWAYS remember Ron's statement to me (relative to his 'car biz')..."There's an ass for every seat" ...HOW TRUE, not only with car sales, but for everything that's sold! I've used that statement...a countless amount of times ...always giving my buddy credit. We had some good laughs together! We wish you, Daria, & Ronnie, Jr. well as you move forward.

Betty and Frank Kolumbus

4/13/2017

Speaking as part of the Wallington High School Class of "64", we are broken hearted to loose our good friend Ron, he attended our reunions and was such a joy to be around. Candy and Family our love and prayers surround you, please know we are grieving with you as well...he was a super friend to us all!

Joyce Dziga Dunn

4/13/2017

Aloha Oe, Ronnie. My condolences to Candice and to your children and family. I had no idea of your mental health problems after returning from war - because you were always so happy, gentle & polite when I'd see you - when your sister Karen and I were good friends. You join her now. Say Hi for me, and may you both Rest In Peace, light & love. And thanks for all the times you fixed the bent fenders & bumpers on my little Mustang II. You were my "go to" guy for that car. Until we meet again ...

Claire (Piechota) Santos


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