Ronald Dean Hymas

Ronald Dean Hymas died Jan. 17 at the Beartooth Health Care Manor in Columbus, Mont. He and his wife Barbara had just been moved there a month before.

He was born to Lonita and Cecil Hymas in Rupert, Idaho on January 5, 1929, the second of what would be seven children. When he was about fourteen his feelings for seeing what was on the other side of the mountain got the better of him and he took off, working for the Forest Service, ranchers and started rodeoing.

He married Barbara Miller Hymas on September 26, 1950. He was drafted and served his country from 1950 to 1952. He was with the 704th ORD Maint. Co., and spent a year in Germany.

He and his family lived in Jackson Hole, Wyo. until 1960, then he moved his family to Montana to help run the dude ranch that Barbara’s parents had up Gallatin Canyon. They took over the ranch a few years later and followed his dream of raising horses and mules.

In their retirement years Ronald and Barbara spent their winters in Arizona where they enjoyed playing golf and spending time with old and new friends, family and exploring the dessert. Summers were spent traveling north, golfing whenever possible and spending time with family. Barbara suffered and survived a stroke in 2007 and that ended their winters in Arizona. They built a house near Greycliff, Mont. to be close to family.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Miller Hymas, his sister-in-law Jan Miller of Tucson Ariz., two brothers, Vanoy (Laurie) Hymas of Central Point, Ore. and Dee (LaRue) Hymas of Hermiston Ore., daughters Shirley (Kevin) Halverson of Big Timber, Mont., Ginger (Roald) Molberg of Duluth, Minn., and Kate (Jim) Trees of Reed Point, Mont., and a son Billy Hymas of Phoenix, Ore., numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter. Also, many nieces and nephews.

He really enjoyed his mules, the outdoors, hunting, fishing and exploring. Teasing was a favorite and he enjoyed a practical joke, playing cards and was a great mentor to many.

At his request no funeral service will be held, but a memorial service with time, date and place will be announced at a later date.



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