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Obituary of Ronald Sangray

Staff By Staff Dec4,2023

Ronald “Ron” Peter Sangray, 78, of Augusta MT, passed away November 18, 2023.

He was born May 20,1945, in Helena. Ron grew up in Gilman and Augusta with his 6 brothers and 2 sisters. After graduating from high school in 1963, he enlisted in the Air Force and began a 40-plus-year career serving his country. He married Diane Arps in 1967, and then served in Vietnam for a year before returning to the states. They were stationed in Great Falls, MT, Honolulu, HI, Shreveport, LA, and Grand Forks, ND while in active service for 12 years. Starting in 1976, he continued his service for another 28 years with the Montana Air National Guard and retired in 2004 as a Chief Master Sergeant, the highest rank a non-commissioned officer can achieve.

After getting out of active service, Dad went to work in 1975 on the LF ranch in Augusta where his strong work ethic led to him becoming the ranch manager. He enjoyed the hard work on the ranch, and also hunting and fishing along the Rocky Mountain front. In 1985, Dad decided to leave the ranch and moved the family into Augusta where he worked for Tim Troy building houses and then the Young Ranch for several years. He enjoyed his time with Gordon and Mark and Julie and their kids who became like family to him and Mom.

Dad enjoyed anything in the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved camping and hiking in the mountains, and enjoyed the trips that he and Mom took around the country after retiring. Time together with family was important to Dad and the many adventures with everyone in his life provided the stories that were told and retold for many years. Hunting camp in Dillon was a highlight of the year, and the many trips clear across the state to hunt turkeys in Miles City, taking his grandkids hunting, and seeing their first successes were all things he enjoyed. He loved his Duke basketball team and enjoyed coaching from his recliner. Dad was extremely proud of his grandkids and he and Mom loved traveling all over the state for their sports and events. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle, and a friend to many who will all miss his smile and laugh, his stories, and his willingness to always help anyone in need.

Dad is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Diane; son, Brad (Kathy) (grandkids Kaden and Brooke); his twin daughters, Ronda Jolly (Brian) (granddaughter Ashleigh); and Rachel Gould (Shawn) (granddaughter Grae); and his many nieces and nephews, cousins, and family friends. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Necia and Jeanne and brothers-in-law, Don, Glenn, Ben Arps (Barbara), and Charlie Williams. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Anna; and all of his brothers and sisters, Jack, Burneal Day (Art), Tommy (Lillian), Bob (Cindy), Dick (Norma), Rosella Henry, Mike, and Andy; and sisters-in-law, Audrey Williams, Barbara Arps, and Beverly Arps.

A memorial service will be held on December 28, 2023, at 11 am at the Catholic Church in Augusta, with reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Augusta Ambulance.

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