Ronald G. (Ron) Weber
On the afternoon of August 6, 2015, Ronald G. (Ron) Weber unexpectedly passed from this world and his family and entered the Lord’s heavenly arms.
Ron was born in Helena on September 23, 1935 to Florence and Adam Weber. He grew up in Elliston and attended school there until the seventh grade. It was there that he met the love of his life, Donna Miller. Ron moved to Bigfork with his family and continued his education. He also played his favorite sport, Basketball, and lettered his sophomore year. Ron joined the Air Force in 1953 before he graduated. He was deployed to Labrador as a supply sergeant during the Korean conflict. Ron and Donna married on March 10, 1956, after returning from Labrador and was assigned to Sioux City Air Base. Ron was discharged honorably from the Air Force in 1957 and they returned to Elliston.
Ron was employed with Mountain Bell as a lineman. As a journeyman linemen, they relocated a lot when they were starting out and Ron and Donna traveled all over Montana installing and repairing telephone lines, having lived the longest in Great Falls. Before beginning another move, Ron and Donna decided to return to Helena and Ron began work with Mayflower moving and Tom Powers. Ron also worked at Linder Kind Lumber and eventually ended his professional career with the Helena School District. During this time he also served in the Army Reserves 396th Station Hospital with his lifelong friend, Charles Larson. Ron later enlisted with the Montana National Guard as a cook and enjoyed a long career there in the Montana Military Academy. With his Army and Air Force time Ron totaled a 26 year Career in the Armed Forces. He never regretted his time with the Military.
Ron is survived by his wife of 59 years, Donna Marie Miller Weber, his daughter Julie of Helena, son John (Martina) of Elliston, and son Ron (Kari) of Helena. Ron took enormous pride in his grandkids Annie Waples, Eva Andreda, and Claire Waples. John’s children Tim Draper and Melissa Weber. Ronnie’s children Amber Andersen and Adam Weber along with three great-grandchildren, one that was born just eight days before Ron left us all. He is also survived by a cousin, JoAnn Beckwith, his only living decedents from his direct family, her daughter Cindy Ward and friend Earl Johnson. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Florence and his father Adam Weber.
Ron and Donna enjoyed many pastimes including fishing. He owned many a fishing boat almost all of his life and got more use out of it than most would. He owned a boat before he had anything to tow it with. Ron was hooked on bowling early on and did his entire life. Ron kept it up until injuries left him unable to continue, having participated several times in the National Bowling Tournament with family and friends. It is estimated, that in his lifetime, he knocked down at least a million pins counting leagues and tournaments. Ron also looked forward to hunting season and getting out on those cold October mornings with a hot cup of coffee and his cherished friend Mick Liedle. He was already making hunting plans for this fall with his grandson Adam and watching him play football. Dad especially loved the Denver Broncos, and the Utah Jazz.
Ron easily made friends anywhere he went. It was said, “You can’t take him anywhere, because he knows everyone and he starts talking and a 10 minute trip turns into a couple hours of visiting and catching up”. We are very grateful for all of his dear friends in Helena and those in Elliston who made countless trips to visit with and help Ron and Donna, specifically the Carroll boys who helped endlessly with chores lately, as mom and dad’s mobility is limited.
The family would especially like to thank all of the Elliston Emergency Medical Service members who have assisted Ron and his wife, Donna over these past years, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Elliston Church or the Elliston Emergency Medical Services and Avon QRU General Delivery 59728.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday August 12, 2015 at the gymnasium in Elliston. Burial, with military honors, will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Montana Veteran’s Cemetery at Fort Harrison.