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Ronald James

July 10, 1948 – October 24, 2018

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Obituary for Ronald James Scariano

Ronald J. Scariano was born Ronald Lee Ross, July 10, 1948 in Canova, South Dakota, to Dr. Richard (Dick) Ross and his wife Margaret. Ronald joined two older brothers, Rich and Ralph.
In 1954 Ronald’s mother Margaret married Franklin A. Scariano. Along with the marriage vows, Frank Scariano also adopted Ronald and his two older brothers; there by becoming the only father the boys ever knew or wanted to know. The family then moved from Butte, Montana, to San Jose, California, while Ronald was in the first grade. During this time his sister Lisa and brother Frank were born into the family.
Ron was always a worker. At seven years of age he had his first paper route. By the time he was twelve years of age he had three paper routes and a very active lawn mowing business. He also babysat on the weekends for 35 cents an hour. By the time he finished high school he had also been employed at the car wash, at the Winchester Mystery House (as a guide), a cashier at a drive through mini-store, dishwasher at a high-class restaurant and a Fuller Brush salesman (sales boy, really).
At Rocky Mountain College, Ronald graduated in four years with a degree in Business Administration/Economics major, with a minor in Speech Arts. He paid his way through school by washing dishes, working as a breakfast cook, a bill collector for General Motors, a repo driver, and servicing vending machines. In the summers he would work as a lot boy at a new car lot during the day and then working another 8 hours at a cannery at night. Also, while at RMC, he made money (somehow!) with a 1956 Buick that had no transmission, although the engine ran, and the heater worked.
When he wasn’t working he enjoyed participating in sports. He cleared 5 feet 4 inches as a freshman in high school, even though he was only 5 feet 6 inches tall at the time. He could also jump and touch the rim of a basketball hoop, which he was very proud of. Ron always said he had more desire than true athletic ability which resulted in always making the team (football, basketball, baseball and track) but never getting to participate a lot. In later years Ron was a champion handball player, a jogger, expert downhill skier and a frustrated golfer (although he did get a hole in one). After finishing college at Rocky Mountain College, he got a scholarship to attend Graduate School in Special Education of the deaf. While teaching deaf children at the California State School for the Deaf, he had a full-time night job as a waiter.
After several years working with the deaf, Ronald decided to become a craftsman. Ron made jewelry and traveled around the western United States to sell his work at art shows. Ron ended up living in a van for 3 years. He eventually leased space in 36 stores, and moved back to Billings, Montana, buying a home, a Corvette, and a truck.
At thirty-two years of age, Ronald visited a friend from church (Larry Richardson), who presented Ron with the opportunity of going to work with the business firm, Edward D. Jones. According to Ron, next to his decision to be a father, it was the best decision he ever made in his entire life.
Ronald J. Scariano was called home by Our Lord on the evening of October 24th, 2018. He passed peacefully surrounded by those who loved him. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Margaret and Frank Scariano, and his nephew Jeffrey Scariano. He is survived by his partner Shirleen Larsen; his daughters Tina Scariano and Samantha Duncan; his son-in-law Benjamin Duncan; his grandchildren Joseph, Jackson, Bergan and Savannah; his brothers Richard, Ralph and Frank; his sister Lisa Frahm; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Ronald was a giant of a man who touched the lives of countless people. From the youngest age he was a worker. Early on he learned the value of a dollar and this would be the compass of his life in many ways. Nothing was ever handed to Ron and he worked his way through childhood, college and into a very successful career. Ronald’s other calling in life was serving Our Lord. He was continually giving to those who had less, and even continues to do so after death. His contributions have changed and will continue to change the lives of countless people and families. In 1985 Ronald married Susan Keller. From this union Ronald was blessed with two daughters, Samantha and Tina whom Ronald would say were his best decision and most proud accomplishment.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Rocky Mountain College at A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29, at the American Lutheran Church, 5 Lewis Avenue. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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Monday, October 29th, 2018 2:00pm
Pastor Tim Tostengard
Pastor Elizabeth Sillerud
American Lutheran Church
5 Lewis Ave
Billings, MT

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American Lutheran Church
5 Lewis Ave
Billings, MT