Jonathan Ray Ondov left this world for the heavenly stage at age 55 on April 6, 2010, in Kalispell, from complications due to Type I diabetes.
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A Montana native, Jonathan was born in Missoula on Oct. 23, 1954. He also lived in Nebraska where he received his bachelor's degree in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He later moved to Washington state to continue his education and worked for Boeing, Inc., married, and raised two sons. Jonathan lived in Livingston and Kalispell during his last five years of life to be closer to his family.
He enjoyed golf and bicycling, writing poetry and prose, homemade bread, the game of Scrabble and crosswords, and Swan Lake vacations. Next to his strong faith in Jesus his Lord and Savior, he loved acting the most, having performed in community theaters throughout his life. Most recently, his role as R.P. McMurphy in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" received many accolades from his peers and audiences.
Jonathan is survived by two sons, Likhi and Elisha Ondov of Federal Way, Wash.; his parents, Rev. Daniel and Lorraine Ondov of Billings; brother, David Ondov (Carol) of Kalispell; sister, Rachel Feigley (Pete) of Livingston; niece, Sarah Schmautz (Seth) of Kalispell; and nephew, Mark Ondov of Florida. He also leaves a multitude of cousins, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Beth Ondov.
Cremation has occurred, and a memorial service will be held in Billings at 10 a.m. June 26 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2336 St. Johns Ave. A luncheon and gathering of friends and relatives will be held at the church following interment in Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be sent to the
(www.diabetes.org); the Blue Slipper Theatre (www.blueslipper.com) or Firehouse 5 Playhouse Theatre (www.crazymountainproductions.org), both of Livingston; or to a charity of choice.
Jonathan's compassion for others and his passion for performing and all things spiritual will be missed!
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 23, 2010