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 Lon Rombough's passing 
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Post Lon Rombough's passing
News of an enormous loss to the fruit community arrived this afternoon by email with a brief announcement from Lon's family that he has passed on and will no longer be receiving or responding to any letters.

I found Lon a very friendly man and always enjoyed chatting with and learning from him whenever our paths crossed - most often around HOS events. Lon's living legacy is writ large over my gardens and his influence will, I am sure, continue to shape my life and that of so many others in the times ahead. What a remarkable plantsman.

Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:45 pm

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Post Re: Lon Rombough's passing
That's very sad news, Nick. I found Lon to not only be very helpful and kind, but also extremely knowledgeable about huge areas of growing fruit. He will be greatly missed.
John S

Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:04 pm

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Post Re: Lon Rombough's passing
And this just in from Lon's son.

This is Chris Rombough, one of Lon's sons.

If you are receiving this email, you are his friend, and I wanted to let you know what happened. I am sorry I could not inform each of you more personally. My dad died Monday afternoon of what was probably a heart attack. He was 62.

My dad was a great man. He was intelligent, kind, and always ready to help anyone in need. He loved his plants. His interest was endless and his passion was infectious. He was the bravest and the best man I have ever met, and he was my hero.

I want you all to know that he loved you, his friends and considered you all a great blessing.

If you know of anyone whom I have missed, please send this email to them.

Please don't send any more emails to this address. We won't be able to get them. If you would like, you may send them to my mom, Susan:, or you may email me at: (I should warn you in advance that I am not the best typer and that writing long emails is difficult for me, so please have patience).

Thank you all, and God bless you.


Chris Rombough

Wed Feb 01, 2012 3:18 pm

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Post Re: Lon Rombough's passing
I'm stunned. What a loss.

Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:05 pm

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Post Re: Lon Rombough's passing
Lon’s contribution to our Society will live-on within the passion and motivation he inspired.

And thank you, Chris, for such an eloquent message from a loving son. His legacy obviously endures ~

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Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:31 pm

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Location: Southern Oregon/Rogue Valley
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We feel privileged to have known Lon. Truly a great loss to our community.

Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:18 pm
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