Ronald Francis Maroney, 72, passed away Aug. 28, 2015, at his home in Belgrade. Ron was born Nov. 7, 1942, in Livingston, Montana, to J.K. and Mary (Isbell) Maroney. In 1950 the family moved to the Springhill area to begin a new life on the ranch. It was there under Ross Peak and that Ron developed his love of farming and ranching and a passion for the outdoors.
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He attended grade school at Springhill Community School and graduated in 1960 from Holy Rosary High School. He graduated from Montana State College in 1965 with a degree in Ag-Business.
He married the love of his life Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Veltkamp on Feb. 26, 1966, in Bozeman. He worked for the Farm Home Administration and in the banking industry for many years, finishing his career selling cars for Connell Chevrolet and Ressler Motors and retired in 2009.
Ron enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and classic cars. He maintained a connection to his roots in agriculture, raising cows, pigs, and chickens as well as keeping a garden. His best times were spent being an awesome "Opa" to his 12 grandkids, sharing his sense of humor and fun-loving spirit with them. This legacy of love was his greatest achievement in life.
Ron is survived by his wife of 49 years, Betty; sons Ken (Kimberly) Maroney of Boise, Dan (Carrie) Maroney and Kevin (Katie) Maroney of Belgrade, and daughter Denise (Michael) Maczewski also of Belgrade; grandchildren Emily, Abigail, Grace, and Allison Maroney, Jennie, Logan, and Kaden Maczewski, Chris, Tabytha, and Dillon Maroney, Audrey and Jacob Maroney. Sisters Pat (Don) Monforton and Annette Boles.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers Dale and Gary Maroney.
Memorials may be made to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 931 Highland Blvd., Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Memories and Condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2015