Ronald J Kinsey was born in Baker, MT to James Newell and Patricia Biles Newell, he was later adopted by Rolland and Mabel Kinsey. He spent his adolescent years in Lockwood, MT and attended Lockwood school until 9th grade and then he went to Billings Senior High School where he graduated with the class of ’59. While in High School, Ron enjoyed racing motorcycles with his buddies, he even broke an arm while racing with his friends. Later in life he would tell stories to his grandkids about how he had even raced against Evil Knievel back in the day. After High School he married Patricia Harmon and they had 2 children, Ron Jr and Tami. They continued their life in Lockwood and later moved to Boise, ID to be closer to the grandkids.
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While in Montana, Ron worked for the State of Montana as a surveyor, where he excelled using his love for numbers and math. Later he worked as a branch manager for MetLife and transferred to Boise, ID. Ron and Pat enjoyed the country life in Kuna, Marsing, and Buhl. Their move to Idaho also allowed Ron and Pat to be close to their family and spend many quality weekends, holiday breaks, and summer days with their grandchildren. Ron taught his grandchildren how to drive, hunt, shoot a gun, trap animals, and many other skills pertaining to country life. Ron was affectionally known as “Papa” to his 9 grandchildren and great grandchildren and “Poppy” to his first great grandchild.
Later in life Ron enjoyed shooting and reloading bullets. He joined a Cowboy Action shooting club while in Buhl, Idaho. He was so meticulous about calculations and distances that he even helped build the scenarios on the range at the Jerome Gun Club and was a mentor to new shooters. Club members knew him by his alias “Wolfer Jack” after his grandfather.
In 2007 Pat passed and Ron moved to Terry, MT to be around the Kinsey cousins whom he had hunted with most of his life. He then met Arlyce Stroh and spent the remaining 8 years of his life with her and her family in Missoula, MT. They traveled and made memories going to the NFR, Sedona, and playing cards.
Ron loved to play all types of card games, gin, poker, cribbage, pinochle, and even some slots! His favorite was 5 card stud. He could beat anyone and would sit at the tables for hrs. upon hrs. playing in the Texas Hold’em tournaments. Again his love for mental math and strategic calculations allowed Ron to come out on top. He also taught his grandchildren to play the game of poker as well as cribbage.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Rolland Kinsey and Mabel Allen, his wife Pat, and grandson Matthew.
He is survived by his daughter Tami, son Ron, 9 grandchildren, Somer (Eric) Nielsen, Jeremy (Ashley) Hayes, Cassie (Javier) Arias, Jerrika (Donte) Brumfield, Theron (Nadine E.) Walker, Alyssa (Colton W.) Walker, Chad (Shelby) Bittner, Jamie Schafnitz, Angela Schafnitz and 19 great grandchildren.
Service will be Saturday August 8, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Gardens at 11:00 am. Viewing Friday night at Smith’s Funeral Home 925 S 27th Billings, Mt from 5-7.