Ronald Gene Klompien, 64, of Three Forks passed away to his heavenly home after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Aug. 14, 2014, with his loving wife and family at his side.
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Ron was born on June 22, 1950 to Clarence and Jennie (VanDyk) Klompien. In his early childhood years he lived on the family farm with his three brothers and one sister. He graduated from Manhattan Christian School in 1968 and entered Helena Votech, graduating in 1970 in auto mechanics.
On Jan. 25 1974 he married his sweetheart, Marlys Huyser. They enjoyed 40 years together. To this union, their three children were born, Joel, Lisa (Damon) Lear and Loren, all of Three Forks.
Ron's passions in life were his family and grandchildren and, of course, farming. He had a special gift of making friends with everyone he met. He always had good advice for anyone's question – especially about Fords or red tractors. He enjoyed attending farm auctions and he loved to barter at pawnshops. He had a knack for fixing things up.
He was preceded in death by his dad; and father- and mother-in-law, Quincy and Agnes Huyser.
Survivors include his wife, Marlys; children, Joel, Lisa (Damon), and Loren and friend Laura; his grandchildren, Paige, Parker, Mikayla, Eli, and Ryenne; his mother, Jennie Klompien; and siblings, Larry (Lorraine), Cheryl, Wayne (Linda), and Ken (Cindy) of Manhattan. Also surviving are Marlys's brothers and sisters, the ""Huyser Gang,"" of Gallatin Gateway who just thought he was one of them! Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews, and many loving aunts and uncles, and their families.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Funeral services will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Journey Church. Private family interment will be held at Meadowview Cemetery.
A special thanks to the Cancer Center, Dr. Castillo, Dr. Koeplin, and Dr. Speth and staff. If you desire, memorials can be made to: Bozeman Deaconess Foundation (memo line: Hospice), 931 Highland Blvd, Suite 3200, Bozeman, MT 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Aug. 17 to Aug. 20, 2014