Ron Nash

Ron Nash, founder of La Grande, Ore.-based Northwood Manufacturing and Outdoors RV (ORV), passed away on Aug. 17.

Nash, along with his wife, Sherry, started Northwood Manufacturing, introducing the iconic Arctic Fox and Nash RV towable brands. Nash began Outdoors RV Manufacturing in 2009, growing it into a major player in the Western United States and Canada RV markets as well.

Due to his passion for the RV lifestyle, Northwood products became known for their high-quality components and construction. Nash insisted on quality first in a thoughtful, attractive package.

In 2010, amidst ongoing health issues, Nash turned over day-to-day management of both companies to his long-time management team but always maintained an active interest in their growth.

Craig Orton, CEO of Northwood Investments, parent company of Northwood Manufacturing and ORV, stated, “It is impossible to put into words how Ron and Sherry have impacted our local Grande Ronde Valley community economically and culturally not to mention the RV industry as a whole. We will all miss him greatly but his legacy will live on.”

Northwood Investments CFO Cerise Smallwood added, “We at Northwood and ORV are a family – Ron and Sherry’s family. We are committed to continue producing the highest quality, most rugged RVs in the marketplace. It was what Ron wanted and what Sherry continues to want. In this way, we will forever sustain his vision and his memory.”

The funeral will be held on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at The Lighthouse Church, 10501 West 1st Street, Island City, Ore. The family asks that any condolence offerings be addressed to: Loveland Funeral Chapel, 1508 4th Street, La Grande, Ore., 97850.