On October 25, 2021, with his family by his side, Ron Wells was called home. Ronald Loran Wells was born in Okmulgee, OK on September 6, 1950 while his dad was attending a saddle making school. After his dad was done with his school, the family returned to Montana to work for Sherm Chezum on the Tongue River. Ron attended school at the SH School through the 8th grade. The family then moved to the Farley Hereford Ranch at Colstrip. Ron started high school in Colstrip then later transferred to Huntley when the family moved to Farley’s ranch on Pryor Creek. Ron enlisted in the Army, recieved his GED and was stationed in Germany. After an honorable discharge he returned to Montana where he worked for several different ranches: Artie Larson Killen Ranch, Charlie & Ginger May and Bud and Bobbie Kramer. His experience and friendship with these people were always very special to him. Oh and all the stories…. there could be volumes written.Ron loved riding bulls. He would work all week, go to a rodeo, and then “slide” into the yard just in time to get back to work again. When Ron worked for Bud & Bobbi Kramer, he got to work with two special people Donald John Cameron & Gary Crowder. Both men were big influences in his life.October 29, 1977 Ron and Linda Clark were married in Miles City. They welcomed Christy Jo in 1978, Misty Dawn in 1980 and Dustin Lee in 1983. During this time, Ron worked at the Beaver Slide Ranch for Bud Christenson, whom Ron highly respected. Later the family moved to Rock Springs, WY where Ron went to work with his Father-in-law, Dave Clark, in the oil field. The family moved back to Montana to go to work at the 6 Quarter Circle Ranch for Louie Roripaugh.
Ron attended a school in CO where he learned how to perform C-section, prolapses and A.I.ing cows. He loved it! He said that he enjoyed it so much, and often thought that he would like to be a veterinarian. Later, he also learned to spay heifers from Dallas Davidson.
When Ron started taking his kids to the Taylor arena on Sunday Creek to rope, run barrels and poles there was Susan Pauley, taking her kids Paul, Brenda and Amanda to do the same thing. He was twitterpated! They were married May 27, 1989 with their children as their attendants and became the “Brady Bunch”. It was never about yours or mine, it was always “OURS”.
Ron and Susi moved to the Ball 71 Ranch with their family. Ron managed the ranch for 12 years. The people they worked with and their boss George Brown developed close friendships. When the ranch sold they moved to the 71 Ranch on Sweeney Creek at Rosebud still working for Hunt Oil Co.
Ron worked for Solaris Feeders, Bart Meged and was working for Coffee Cattle at the time of his death. Ron loved to work! He took a lot of pride in a job well done! His work ethic was like no other. His joy and purpose was to get up every morning and know he had a job to get done. Whether it be riding colts, feeding cows, swathing, bailing, fencing or anything else that may need done. Mechanicing was not Ron’s favorite but he still always got it done.
Being a good friend and neighbor was very important to him. When he told you he would do something- he would do it. His honesty sometimes needed a filter because he never sugar coated anything. He was very intimidating, his voice was deep, if he didn’t smile, you would think he was a crabby old fart and he was at times. But there was the biggest softest heart inside that chest. He always said you gotta laugh. Every tough day you come up against, Ron would tell you to look at yourself, be thankful and laugh.
Ron loved animals, especially horses and dogs. Most horses would perk up their ears and start running when someone would come in the corrals, not his. Ron and Susi’s horses would come running up to get scratched and loved on. He loved to raise horses.
Ron soon found out that the love of his grandkids was the reward he got for raising his 6 kids. Michael, Tanner, Tristan, Alec, Abby, Liam, Hallee, Zoey, Kerrigan, Avrie, Hayven, Brooke, Teagan, Colter, LaRae and Holden were Papa’s pride and joy. Papa loved his Grandbabies and they pretty much had that cowboy wrapped around their little fingers.
Ron will be missed by not only his loving wife, 6 kids and 16 grandkids but also by a whole community that loved and respected him. Even though we may be sad let us praise our Lord and Savior because we know this ol’ Cowboy is healed. We find comfort in knowing that Jesus met him at the gate and said “Well done, good and faithful servant…. Come and share your master’s happiness” Mathew 25:23.
Ron is survived by his wife Susi Wells. Sons Paul Pauley (Suzie) and Dustin Wells (Lori Vance). Daughters Brenda Witkowski (Travis), Christy Governatori (Aaron), Amanda Kieson (Brandon) and Misty Wells. Siblings Dick Wells (Kay), Gary Wells, Peggy Nelson (Harlan), Zona Reinhardt (Tom), Leslie Ross (Jack), Jim Wells (Ann) and Linda Harwood. He had numerous nieces and nephews that he loved to pick on, his way of showing how much he loved them. He is also survived by Susi’s sisters and their husbands.
Ron is proceeded in death by his parents Les and Doris Wells, Granddaughter Abby Michal, Brother-in-law George Guesanburu, Sisters-in-laws Faye Wells and Shelly Long Fox and Mother-in-law Wildene Fortune.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Custer County Event Center in Miles City. Should friends desire, condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.