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Ronald L. Woltermann

In the early evening of Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, the world lost a true gentleman. Ron Woltermann, lovingly known as "Sky King," "Grizz" and "Captain Ron," passed suddenly in the comfort of his Billings home in the arms of his beloved wife, Katie.

A man of many talents, his kind spirit touched everyone from the grocery store clerk to his many friends, family and coworkers at Edwards Jet Center.

Ron was a man of character who lived by his philosophy of "we're all in this together." He loved to lend his helping hands to anyone in need. Whether it was fixing a leak or building a deck, Ron was there, tools in hand and a grin on his face. Many will remember his breakfast feeds, where Ron was chef and host, and all were welcome. His family will recall times, however, when the cooking would be put on hold for some time at the piano.

Ron could lose himself in his music ... it was the comfort of his soul. A standard medley included his favorites, "Last Date," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Orange Blossom Special" and a free flowing Woltermann rendition of the boogie-woogie blues.

Ron leaves behind so many people who loved him dearly, including his wife, Katie; sons Travis and Rowdy; daughter Tami Jacobsen (Jeff); sisters Paula Ekle and Mary Lou Hoover (Jim); brother Gary; grandchildren Rob, Alissa, Amber, Colton, Gunner and Bailey; his very special little buddy Nate Lindberg, as well as many, many extended family members and friends too numerous to mention here. Ron was loyal to the end to everyone fortunate enough to know him and he will be missed by all.

As Ron wrote himself, just a few short years ago, "Life makes many strange twists and turns, some good, some tragic. The losing of loved ones reminds us how fortunate we are to have loved ones here and now. And I've learned it would be a terrible waste if we didn't learn from the hard times as well as the good. I came to the realization that material things are insignificant. Only people matter. I have been so fortunate to have met so many good people and to have made so many good friends. All in all, she's been one hell of a party."

Ron, from those of us who were lucky enough to share your party, thank you for your time with us. You will live on in our hearts forever and, until we meet again, in your own words, "we hope you fare well."