Ron was born January 17th, 1947, to Lambertus and Elizabeth (Bert and Liz) Elings in Conrad Montana. Ron spent most of his childhood, growing up with his four siblings, in Conrad, Dupuyer, and Valier, Montana until the Elings family moved to Harlowton Montana the summer of 1963. He finished his high school education at Harlowton High School, where he was active in both football and basketball. Ron was so proud to be a part of Bob Petrino’s 1964 Class B, State Champion Basketball Team. He graduated from HHS in 1965, and went on to attend Western College, in Dillion Montana to play football. In 1966, Ron enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. where he served until 1972.
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After Ron was Honorably discharged, he worked road construction, building the interstate from Dillion to Melrose Montana. This is where he met the love of his life, Patricia (Patsy) Reynolds. The two of them were married on possibly the coldest day in history, December 9th, 1972. Ron and Patsy moved to Harlowton, MT in 1975. Ron went to work for the Montana State Highway Department. In the worst winter of history, Ron and Patsy welcomed the baby girl that Ron had always wanted, Nickole Marie.
Ron retired at the early age of 50 from the State Highway Department, which he was so proud to do, but he surely was not ready to be done working, so he went from plows to cows. Ron found his next career as a ranch hand on the 71 Ranch. The Galt Family has always been close to his heart and he loved his time there, with is 4-wheeler and cow dog Peak. He decided it was time to hang up his boots when it started to hurt too bad to ride his iron horse.
Onto the next adventure, Ron spent the last years of his “work” life at Steve Park Aperies (the Honey House) with his best pal Dean Thompson, in the winter months to occupy his down time.
Ron’s true joy in life came from his time spent with his favorite ladies, Patsy, Nickole, and granddaughter Ziah. Ron was so incredibly happy to spend his days with his son-in-law, Nathan Ellestad, and grandson Treygen, hunting, fishing, and he loved to watch Treygen play sports, he was so proud of his boys.
Ron genuinely believed in the good in people, there was not a conversation that he was not up for. If Ron Elings liked you, you surely knew it. He was there for every opportunity for a cold beverage (Ron hour as the family calls it) and friendly conversation. Ron is and always will be loved by many, he was one of the good ones, He was OUR guy.
We lost our guy and our guide on May 15th. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Liz Elings, and his big brother Arthur Elings. He is survived by his beloved wife Patsy Elings, his daughter Nickole (Elings) Ellestad, Son-In-Law Nathan Ellestad, and his amazing grandchildren Treygen and Ziah Ellestad. Ron is also survived by his oldest Sister Kathlene Blaesius and her 5 children, Sister-in-Law Marie Elings, Scott, and Stacey Elings, his big brother John Elings, Shirley (Tony) Elings, and nephew Tyler Elings. Little sister Leona Lorenzen, Bill Lorenzen, and nephew Derek Lorenzen. Numerous other in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other family members. All of whom Ron loved very much.
In remembrance of Ron, we invite you to a celebration of his life with grave side services at the Harlowton Cemetery, June 5th at 1:00 p.m. in Harlowton, MT. Immediately following will be a reception at the Harlowton Youth Center. Please come and share your favorite stories of Ron. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Patsy Elings at 1536 Cheryl Street, Billings, MT 59105.