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Ronald “Ron” Bates Hallock

CORVALLIS – Ronald Bates “Ron” Hallock, 69, of Corvallis, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. He was born May 6, 1945, in Valentine, Nebraska.

Ron is the son of Graydon and Marjorie Hallock. He graduated as valedictorian of his high school in 1969 in Winner, South Dakota. His family moved to Montana in 1969 and he graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in art and mathematics. Ron enjoyed playing for the Griz football team and running cross country while working hard on his parents' ranch. He later earned a second bachelor’s degree in education.

In 1970, he traveled to Seville, Spain, to teach and study abroad. He studied and became a riding instructor in Spain and France. This is where he met Dee Ruth Rippberger for the first time. He taught her how to ride a horse and was her math teacher. They stayed friends for many years to follow. On July, 28, 1978, Ronald married Dee in Rapid City, South Dakota. During the service, there was a great thunderstorm and after the service there was a magnificent rainbow. He loved to tell everyone that was God’s way of saying they were meant to stay together for the rest of their lives.

Ron dedicated his life to helping and teaching others. He found his passion in teaching his daughters and many others how to ride horses, working in his large garden, spending time in the outdoors of Montana and creating beautiful works of art. He always encouraged his daughters to do their absolute best in everything, and he was always in their corner cheering. Anyone who ever met Ron knew how much he loved to brag about his girls.

Ron gave so much of himself to take care of his family and the community. He touched countless lives with his knowledge and generosity. He gave free riding lessons to 4-Hers over the span of 25-plus years. It was easy to hear his voice loud and strong telling his students to “get your heels down,” “sit up straight” and “reach up with your hands!” Once his students understood his instruction, he was even louder with excitement for their success and progress. He also enjoyed teaching art in the Daly Leach Memorial Chapel. He helped students young and old with a few simple techniques, grow into their own style and appreciated art of any kind. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching football and spending time with his daughters and grandchildren.

Ron was preceded in heaven by his parents, Graydon B. Hallock Sr. and Marjorie Millard Hallock; and his brother, Graydon B. Hallock. Ron is survived by his wife, Dee; five daughters, Talitha, Jennifer, Cristi, Jessie and Lorelei; and seven grandchildren, Trinity, Trenton, Hunter, Charlotte, Augustus, Brogan and Harrison. He is also survived by his sisters, Judy, Pam and Nancy.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3, at St. Paul Episcopal Church, 600 S. Third St., Hamilton, MT 59840. The Rev. Jean Collins will officiate. A reception will follow the services at the church. Condolences may be left for the family at dalyleachchapel.com.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the 4-H horse program.

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