Ron left this world peacefully and pain free surrounded by his family and friends. "Do not let your hearts be troubled. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places. I am going to prepare a place for you." — John 14:1-2
He was born Nov. 20, 1947, in Rangely, Colo. Raised in Wolf Point, Mont., he became very well known at the age of 8 for singing on the radio. Throughout his life he continued to sing and love the message of music. He and his bandmates, in Country Express, remained close and continued to reunite for performances in later years.
Ron graduated from Wolf Point High School, where he held a track record for over a decade. After graduation he spent a few years working on oil rigs throughout the western U.S. He returned to Wolf Point, following in his father's footsteps, beginning his career in law enforcement. His career extended from Wolf Point, Colstrip, Columbus, and then 20-plus years with Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department. Throughout his career he attained the position of Roosevelt County Undersheriff and graduated from the FBI National Academy in the summer of 1994. He started in patrol, advancing to Sergeant, then Lieutenant, Chief of Detectives. In April of 2011, he was nominated by Sgt. Sam Bofto and fellow detectives, which resulted in receiving Officer of the Year. Ron played major roles in cases that impacted the community. He took his public service to heart.
Ron had a life-long love of nature and the outdoors. He incorporated both with his love of his family. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and boating. Treasured times were fishing on Fort Peck, Canyon Ferry and the Tongue River. He loved Montana, its treasures, history and geography. He loved to share his experiences and vast knowledge. Most recently Ron enjoyed traveling with his family.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Hershel; his sister Ginger; and his beloved Scottie, Haylee.
He is survived by his wife, Terri; his children, Natalie (Tim), Nicole (Steve), Brenda (Tod), Jeff (Joani), Alan, Tracy (Gina); beloved nephew, Ron (Amanda); and grandchildren, Brandon, Triston, Monica, Tyler, Alex, Thomas, Cameron, Kolbie, Allison and Gracyn. He will be missed by family and many friends, especially Jimmy Jensen (the "Real Santa") and Seth Weston.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday the 13th at Smith's West Chapel, 304 34th St. W.
If so desired, memorials can be sent to the American Heart and Lung Association.
Reception to follow at the Knights of Columbus, 2216 Grand Ave.