Our Loving husband and father, Ronald "Ron" E. Goll, passed away in his wife's arms in the care of his family and Hospice of Southwest Montana at 11:20 p.m., July 27, 2011.
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He had battled cancer for about six years. Ron was a Korean War Veteran with honors, who not only served his country, but also his community, as a school teacher and school administrator. In his earlier years, he had even appeared in several movies such as 10,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Untouchables. He enjoyed boating and classic boat restoration. Currently, one of the boats he restored, "The Sweet Sixteen," resides at the Maritime Museum in San Diego. He loved the freedom and tranquility of sailing to the song "Guantanamera." He also loved the majestic mountains and down to earth people in Montana where he brought his sixth-generation Montanan wife back home, a year before his death.
He leaves behind his loving wife, Noelle Heintz Goll, 42; young children Sofia, 9, Gabriel, 9, and Sailor, 2; a god-son, Izzy, 14; his beloved adult daughters, Stacy George and Stormy DeRosa; as well as seven grandchildren and other relatives out of state. He was truly a hero and always fought for the underdog.
Ron had a special respect and compassion for other war veterans, often sharing a tearful salute, because of his service on the frontlines of Korea.
A close family friend recently wrote to Ron's widow, "Noelle, I am so deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Ron was such a great person to have in your life and the lives of your children. His legacy is one that will proudly be passed to his children - I am speaking mainly of Sofia, Gabriel, and Sailor. Ron was a great dad who loved his kids and he was equally a great role model. He loved all things in his life from his country to his family and friends. He gave the shirt off his back to help those in need and you know that one first hand. He gave his love freely and enjoyed watching those who received. Izzy has very special places in his heart where Ron has touched. For the short time Izzy was around Ron, they formed a unique bond; funny how that happens. It seems to have happened with me, as well. I think that speaks for Ron, that he really was a genuine person without an agenda. He liked you for you, and if you gave him merit to dislike you, then watch out! He meant it!! You gotta love that about Ron; he was true blue and didn't mince his words.
Noelle, I am so thankful Ron stayed in your life and became an honor in your life. He gave you blessings you are rewarded with admiring for your lifetime. He loved you so deeply and that does not leave just because he is physically not here. Ron and his strength are a part of you and the children he was raising. He helped to bring you home to a place where you can feel safe and raise your family. Remember, Noelle, Ron is now whole again and without pain or discomfort. He resides in the hand of our God in His Holy Kingdom. His spirit lives forever and together you shall find each other again in the most sacred of Holy places."
Ron's last words to his wife were, "You look beautiful today."
His family thanks the community, friends, and family for their loving support, and invites you to share in his farewell services. A Memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. Visitation with the family will be prior to the service, at 10:15 a.m.
Donations in Ron's name may be made to the Gallatin Gateway School; Under-privileged Children Charities; Battered Women's Shelters; or Veteran Family Services.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from July 30 to July 31, 2011