Biography Ron Gentry

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Membership Number: 6587

Gentry, Ronald DRAGON Ronald Earl Gentry, 74, LCDR Retired, USN, died on February 3 at his home. Born on April 26, 1940 in Toledo, OH, he grew up in Chicago Ridge, IL. A former Chicago Ridge and San Diego police officer, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December of 1960 and served as Torpedomanmate Technician aboard the diesel submarine USS Blackfin (SS-322), various underwater weapons facilities and torpedo commands. Early on he served in Okinawa, Japan and San Diego, CA. Gentry served as warrant officer in Yorktown, VA, after which he attended the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, earning dual Bachelor's in Admin. of Justice and Government (Int'l. Relations), and an MA in Mgmt. Through the 70s and 80s he served the Mobile Mine Assembly Group (MOMAG) across the world in Charleston, SC and Long Beach, CA as well as Pakistan, Crete, Scotland, Sicily and the Philippines. In the Philippines he was appointed to Lieutenant Commander, and his last assignment was as Director of Training for Service School Command, Naval Training Center, in Orlando, FL. He retired in 1988 after 28 years of service. A love for old corvettes and classic cars fueled a second career, Dragon Corvette, in DeBary, FL. Gentry restored cars from shells and parts to mint condition. An expert in mid-year corvettes, he appraised vehicles, was a master judge for National Corvette Restorer's Society (NCRS) car shows, and also wrote for many hot rod and corvette magazines. He owned several Harley Davidson motorcycles, and "DRAGON" was an active member of US MILITARY VETS MC since 1999. Ron is survived by his four children, Buck (Molly Ford), Daniel, Debbie, and Roxanne; Pat Saunders, his loving friend and companion; three grandchildren, Avery Ford, Brianna and Gregory Taylor; many nieces and nephews in the Indiana area; many loyal friends and his pet "Dawg-ee." He is preceded in death by his mother, Naomi Lively, his father, Earl Gentry, and his two brothers, Edward Lively and Donald Kreskai (Joan). - See more at:

Join Year: 1983

Deceased Date: 02-03-2015

Achieved Judging Award(s):
Level 100 Master Judge

Flight Judging Points: 180