Ron Lee, a pioneer in the local RV manufacturing industry that for decades was one of Lane County’s largest employers, died Saturday, Jan. 19, due to complications from a stroke, according to his musgroves.com obituary. He was 76.
Lee was one of the founders of former Junction City, Ore.-based Country Coach, which was sold to Winnebago Industries Inc. in December 2015.
After Country Coach sold to National RV Holdings in 1996, the company struggled financially, eventually filing for liquidation bankruptcy.
Lee, who had worked for Country Coach from 1975 to 1995, said he came out of retirement in 2010 to buy Country Coach’s designs, trademarks and other intellectual property, and some of its equipment in a liquidation auction.
He also assembled a team of former Country Coach employees with the goal of keeping the Country Coach brand alive. That team, which grew to about 30 people, provided service and parts for Country Coaches at the Junction City site for many years.
Arrangements are being handled by Murphy-Musgrove Funeral Home, Junction City.