Avis Maria Preble1

F, #22521, b. 9 October 1910, d. 13 August 1999

Family

Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson b. 6 Aug 1912, d. 16 Sep 1988
Children
Avis M. (Preble) Bezanson, 30 June 1935
Image credit: Bezanson-Gilliatt-Holman Family photos submitted by Louise Holzman
     Avis Maria Preble was born on 9 October 1910.1,2 She married Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson on 30 June 1935 at Concord, New Hampshire. She was 24. He was 22. The Best Man was Reverend Roland Marshall Bezanson. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Walter Scott Bezanson.1 Avis Maria Preble died on 13 August 1999 at age 88.2

Census Summary

1910
Birth
1910
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1930
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1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
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Death
1999

Census, Residence

Census1940Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson and Avis Maria Preble appeared on the census of 1940 at 36 St. James Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, with Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. and Walter Stanley Bezanson.3
Last Edited13 May 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 170, 236.
  2. [S3] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, AVIS BEZANSON, Born=09 Oct 1910, Died=13 Aug 1999, Residence=91745 Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles, CA, Issued=NY (Before 1951).
  3. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire; Roll: T627_2283; ED: 1-25; Page: 3A; Lines: 6-9.
  4. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 258.
  5. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 259.

Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr.1

M, #22522, b. 28 October 1936, d. 7 May 2020
FatherReverend Ronald Scott Bezanson1 b. 6 Aug 1912, d. 16 Sep 1988
MotherAvis Maria Preble1 b. 9 Oct 1910, d. 13 Aug 1999

Family

Mary Joan Arthur b. 15 Feb 1938, d. 29 Dec 2007
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
Ronald Scott Bezanson
     Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. was also known as Scotty Bezanson.2 He was born on 28 October 1936 at Laconia, New Hampshire.1 He married Mary Joan Arthur on 28 June 1958 at Boone, North Carolina. He was 21. She was 20. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson.1 Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. was Comand Chaplain, U.S. Army Western Command, the senior chaplain in the Pacific circa 1990.2 He was also the pastor in Fort DeRussy Chapel, Waikiki, Hawaii.2 He died on 7 May 2020 at Fairfax, Virginia, at age 83.3

     Obituary:
Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr.
October 28, 1936 – May 7, 2020

Chaplain Ronald S. Bezanson (Colonel, US Army, retired) passed away on May 7, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease, complicated by a final battle with COVID-19. Ron or Scotty, to childhood friends, was born on October 28, 1936 in Laconia, New Hampshire to the late Reverend Ronald Bezanson, Sr and Avis (Preble) Bezanson. He was 83 years old at the time of his passing. Ron was a loving spouse, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, as well as friend and mentor to many.

Ron’s childhood family moved a number of times as his father served as pastor to Advent Christian church communities in New York and Maine before settling in Los Angeles, California. After high school, he moved on to Aurora College in Aurora, IL where he received his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology and met his wife of 49 years, Mary Jo (Arthur) Bezanson. While working and becoming a father, Ron earned a Masters in Divinity from Evangelical Theological Seminary. Like his father and grandfather before him, Ron was ordained as an Advent Christian minister in May 1962, and joined the military later that year.

Ron served as an active duty military chaplain for 30 years with assignments in Missouri, Kansas, Germany, New York City, Colorado, Texas, Washington, DC and Hawaii. He received his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas and put his degree to use as an instructor at the Chaplains’ School and at the Chief of Chaplains’ Office. In other roles, he served as the Battalion and Brigade Chaplain with the 1st Cavalry Division (Korea, Vietnam), Division Chaplain with the 2nd Infantry Division, (Korea), and Deputy Staff Chaplain Air Defense Command. In Hawaii, Ron served at Western Command, Fort Shafter, as a Staff Chaplain at Tripler Army Medical Center, and as pastor to the Fort DeRussey Chapel on Waikiki beach, one of his most treasured callings. Ron retired in 1992, at the rank of Colonel, having been awarded 2 Legions of Merit, 3 Bronze Starts, 9 Air Medals, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, and 3 Army Commendation Medals.

Ron was busy in his Hawaiian retirement, serving on an interim basis at Queens Hospital in Honolulu and at Castle Medical Center and Christ Church Uniting in Kailua, as well as acting as endorsing agent for the Advent Christian Church. He served as an active Pastor Emeritus at the Fort DeRussey Chapel, continuing to conduct services, perform weddings and funerals, visit hospitals and homes, and he continued to work with the Military Officers Association of America, earning their Doleman Award in 2011 in recognition of sustained volunteer service to the community. He was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Aurora University in 1999, and with an award for Continuous and Faithful Ministry to the Fort DeRussey Chapel Congregation from the Army Chief of Chaplains. When not working, Ron enjoyed camping with his family at a summer getaway in the Colorado mountains, visiting friends and relatives across the country, eating licorice flavored scotty dog candies, singing, theater, and travel. He and Mary Jo visited all 50 states as well as Australia, New Zealand, and several places in Europe.

In his final years, Ron lived at the Virginian Retirement Community in Fairfax, Virginia where he made many great friends with staff and residents alike. In addition to being a regular participant in the worship community there, he was well known for his singing—be it hymns, show tunes, or folk songs. He was always ready to lead the assembled group in song, and could be counted on to remember all the verses!

Ron is survived by his four children Deborah (Douglas), Rebecca (Ed), Timothy (Connie), and Angela; brother Walter; three grandchildren Laura, Andrew, and Kaye; and one great-grandchild Matthew. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary Jo, his brother Alfred, and his parents Ronald Scott Sr., and Avis.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared here. Burial will be held at Arlington Cemetery on September 17, 2020 at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Washington National Cathedral, the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park Florida, or to Aurora University.3

Census Summary

1930
Birth
1936
1940
Census
1940
1950
1960
1970
1980
1990
2000
2010
2020
Death
2020

Census, Residence

Census1940Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. appeared on the census of 1940 in the household of Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson and Avis Maria Preble at 36 St. James Street, Meredith, New Hampshire.4
Last Edited24 Jun 2020

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 258.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 258.
  3. [S680] Ronald Scott Bezanson Death Notice, Murphy Funeral Homes (Arlington, VA), accessed 24 June 2020.
  4. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Meredith, Belknap, New Hampshire; Roll: T627_2283; ED: 1-25; Page: 3A; Lines: 6-9.

Alfred Meredith Bezanson1

M, #22524, b. 27 May 1946, d. 13 July 2006
FatherReverend Ronald Scott Bezanson1 b. 6 Aug 1912, d. 16 Sep 1988
MotherAvis Maria Preble1 b. 9 Oct 1910, d. 13 Aug 1999

Family

Jane Ellen Collins
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Alfred Meredith Bezanson was born on 27 May 1946.1 He was First Deacon at First Advent Christian Church, Tustin, California.2 He married Jane Ellen Collins on 19 April 1986 at First Advent Christian Church, Tustin, California. He was 39. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson.1 Alfred Meredith Bezanson died on 13 July 2006 at age 60.3

     Obituary from The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, California), 17 July 2006:
Bezanson, Alfred, 60, of Diamond Bar, died July 13, 2006 of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.

A retired 30 year Vons employee, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Jane, step-son Mark Collins, 3 grandchildren and his brothers Walter and Ronald Bezanson.

Visitation at Fairhaven Wed. July 19 9:30-11:30 AM followed by services at First Advent Christian Church of Tustin at 1 PM. Burial at Santa Ana Cemetery. Fairhaven Memorial Park.3
Last Edited2 Mar 2015

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 259.
  2. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 259.
  3. [S2] Alfred Bezanson Death Notice, Orange County Register (Santa Ana, California), 17 July 2006.

Mary Joan Arthur1

F, #22525, b. 15 February 1938, d. 29 December 2007

Family

Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. b. 28 Oct 1936, d. 7 May 2020
     Mary Joan Arthur was born on 15 February 1938 at Hennepin County, Minnesota.2,1 She married Ronald Scott Bezanson Jr. on 28 June 1958 at Boone, North Carolina. She was 20. He was 21. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson.1 Mary Joan Arthur died on 29 December 2007 at age 69.3
Last Edited13 May 2016

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 258.
  2. [S374] "Minnesota, Birth, 1935-2002", Mary Joan Arthur; Birth:      15 February 1938, Hennepin County.
  3. [S3] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, Mary Joan Bezanson; Born: 15 February 1938; Died: 29 December 2007;
    State: North Carolina; Issue Date: 1955.

Marilyn Louise Dow1

F, #22533, b. 16 July 1939, d. 9 December 1987

Family

Walter Stanley Bezanson
     Marilyn Louise Dow was born on 16 July 1939.1 She married Walter Stanley Bezanson on 3 February 1961. She was 21. The ceremony was performed by Reverend Ronald Scott Bezanson.1 Marilyn Louise Dow died on 9 December 1987 at San Bernardino, California, at age 48.1,2 The cause of death was cancer.1
Last Edited3 Nov 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 236, 258.
  2. [S416] State of California Department of Health Services, "California Death Index, 1940-1997", Marilyn Louise Bezanson; Birth: 16 July 1939; Death: 09 December 1987.

Edith Maude Gilliatt1

F, #22538, b. 23 March 1900, d. 30 May 1992
FatherCharles Lester Gilliatt1 b. c 1875
MotherMaud Bezanson1 b. 13 Dec 1876, d. 23 Apr 1964

Family

Charles Archibald Holman b. 27 Aug 1893, d. 22 Jul 1952
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Edith Maude Gilliatt was born on 23 March 1900.1 She married Charles Archibald Holman.1 Edith Maude Gilliatt and Charles Archibald Holman had 4 children.1 Edith Maude Gilliatt died on 30 May 1992 at age 92.2
Last Edited13 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 171.
  2. [S3] Social Security Administration, Social Security Death Index, EDITH HOLMAN, Born=23 Mar 1900, Died=30 May 1992, Residence=01757 Milford, Worcester, MA, Issued=018 (Before 1951).

Esther Gilliatt1

F, #22540, b. 10 October 1901, d. November 1908
FatherCharles Lester Gilliatt1 b. c 1875
MotherMaud Bezanson1 b. 13 Dec 1876, d. 23 Apr 1964
Relationship4th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Esther Gilliatt was born on 10 October 1901.1 She died in November 1908 at age 7.1
Last Edited13 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 171.