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Ronald G. Brockway

HINGHAM Ronald G. Brockway, 87, longtime resident of Anchorage, Alaska, died of natural causes Sunday April 7, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, Alaska, surrounded by his loving family.

A funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham. Burial will follow in the Hingham Cemetery. Janssen Funeral Homes of Anchorage and Rockman Funeral Chapel of Chester handled arrangements.

Ron was born Jan. 11, 1926, in Fairview, the eldest of six children of Arden and Velma Brockway. He attended country schools in the area and graduated from Sidney High School in 1944. In 1950, he was inducted into the Army (11th Battalion `C' Battery) near the start of the Korean Conflict and served in Austria. He attended the University of Montana (1953 - 1957) at Missoula on the G.I. Bill and earned a B.A. degree with a major in geology. While at the university, he met Mary Ann Kocar of Hingham, and they married Nov. 23, 1957.

After graduation, Ron was employed as a geologist by Sinclair Oil and Gas Company in Billings. He also worked for PUMO, a company that drilled core holes for missile sites in Montana. Later, while employed by American Stratigraphic Co. (Amstrat), he worked in Billings, Casper, Wyo., and Denver. In 1967, he transferred to Anchorage and managed the company office. His Amstrat career spanned 29 years, during which time his main responsibilities were analyzing samples and preparing logs for over 500 exploratory wells in Alaska. He also worked on the North Slope as a well site geologist. He retired in 1989 and continued to work as a geological consultant.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Anchorage, Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church in Hingham, Korean War Veterans, AAPG and the Petroleum Club.

Ron loved to fish and hunt, bowl, garden, watch football (especially the Denver Broncos and the Montana Grizzlies), sketch, play cribbage and do crossword puzzles. He enjoyed music and dancing and traveled to many states and countries to visit his children, relatives and friends.

From humble beginnings, Ron learned the value of hard work and perseverance. He always maintained his fun-loving spirit and will be remembered as a kind, caring, supportive, loving husband, father and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Darvin. His brother, Don, passed away the day following Ron's death.

Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Ann; son Tom (Adelle) of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; daughters Risa (Robert) Amparan of Houston and Janine (George) Raybe of Woodbridge, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Alyssa, Ben, Brianna, Molly, Jessica, Jack, Cayla, Dira and Keshya; brothers Merlin (Sharon) of Wyckoff, N.J., and Merrill of Butte; sister Virginia Foltz (Frank) of Billings; sister-in-law Marcella Kocar of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial donations to Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church, First Responders of Hingham or a .

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.


Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 16, 2013
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