Park Ranger Ronald V. Trussell

Park Ranger Ronald V. Trussell

United States Department of the Interior - National Park Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, February 7, 1973

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Ronald V. Trussell

Park Ranger Ronald Trussell and Park Ranger Jake Metherell were killed in an airplane crash while en route from Cedar City, Utah, to Boise, Idaho.

They were traveling to attend a conference when the Mooney M20E plane that Ranger Metherell was piloting crashed near Elko, Nevada. The wreckage was located and recovered on April 3rd, 1973.

Ranger Trussell had served with the National Park Service for 14 years. He was survived by his wife and one child.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Nevada

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I remember going to school in 1947 with Ron and his sister Ann in a one room school house in western Kansas. There were only 6 children from the area ranches then. I was sorry when I heard he died in a plane wreak.
His father Van Trussel used to give me the paper ring off of his cigar, when you are 20 miles from town that was a treat for a little kid.

Hugh Bishop. Master farrier
Neighbor in the 40’s

July 23, 2019

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