Ron was born on January 20, 1957 to Sara Ruth Teal Long. Graduating from Dawson Community College, Ron planned a career in law enforcement, but since jobs in that field were not available at the time, he went to work for General Distributing Company in Great Falls.
In January of 1980, Ron came to work with an extra rodeo ticket, and a fellow employee, Ed Gunter, said, “Ask my sister, she’ll go to the rodeo with anyone!” He did, and on June 7, 1981, he married Ann Gunter. He loved Ann with his whole heart and was the most devoted husband. Two precious boys, Jared and Ryan completed their family.
I know Ron would want everyone to know that this was a tragic ranching accident, and it was absolutely not in any way, related to Covid! His family, his animals, and his ranch were the heart and soul of this man. Attending Bobcat games with Jared, Nathan, and Alex was such a treat for him as well as watching Nathan and Alex grow into football, and attending their games. Sharing a birthday with his granddaughter, Macy was a highlight of his year. A strong work ethic, a rather stoic demeanor, he loved fiercely and deeply.
A shared love of Corriente cattle with his boys was a mainstay of his life. Attending Corriente shows, watching Jared and Ryan judge, and Ryan auctioneer kept him excited for each new season. Calving, improving his registered Corriente herd, and being the first to export Corriente bull semen to Australia were just some of his many accomplishments.
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