Ron Omo, 62, passed away Dec. 18, 2008. Ron was born May 20, 1946 in Martinez, California to Oren and Louise Omo. He attended school at Richmond High in Richmond, California. After moving to Billings, Montana for a new job in 1977, he met Molly White at Holman Diesel; they were married for 29 years.
For the last 25 years Ron worked to build Omo Construction, a highway guardrail, signing, and traffic control company, to be one of the largest in the State. He also started and ran Big O Construction and Supply. During the off season, Ron contributed to the community in a variety of ways. One of his favorite contributions was the Yellowstone Drag Strip in Acton, Montana. Along with running the track, he loved pushing his own dragster to over 200 MPH. Billings RimRockers was the first professional sports team he promoted in Billings. He also sponsored many Little League teams in the city. Throughout the years Ron has enjoyed traveling, golfing, scuba diving, dirt bike racing and hard top racing as well as spending time with his loving family and loyal friends.
Ron was a member of the Hilands Golf Club and Hope Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife Molly; his daughter, Shelli Omo Harper of Laurel, his son, Roy Omo of Billings, and his daughter, Katy Omo of Phoenix Arizona; Sister Diane Wheaton of Goodyear Arizona; Brother Greg Omo of Oakley California; Four grandchildren, Aaron Edmunds, Christina Edmunds, Mykel Lynn Harper and LeAnn Omo; Great-Grandson Dallas Jackson; Two Nephews; Three Great Nieces; and Two great nephews. Ron’s extended friends both the Drag Racing world and the “Arizona Golf Boys”. Ron was preceded in death by his Father Oren Omo and his mother Louise Rogers.
A funeral service honoring Ron’s life will be held at 1:00pm, Monday, December 22, at Michelotti Sawyers Mortuary in Billings. The family will be receiving guests for visitation from 2-4 p.m., on Sunday, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.
Dearest Molly and family,
I’m so terribly sad to hear of your loss. Ron was a wonderful person and a very dear friend. I haven’t seen either of you in many years but Gene Kamp always keeps me up to date.
I very much enjoyed the years working with you both at Holeman High. Lots of great memories….
My thoughts and condolence are with you. He’ll be missed by many……….
Round Mountain, NV
Dear Molly and family, I would to express my deepest symphathy on the loss of Ron. He was a good Friend and as you know, we had a lot of fun over the years. All my prayers and condolences are with you and yours at the trying time. He will be missed by all. Brad Murphy
Dear Molly and Katy,
How sad Lee and I were to get the news of Ron’s passing. Yesterday Lee told me he felt very lucky to have known Ron and have him as a friend. Ron will be deeply missed, but he will stay with us forever in our many happy memories of him. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
We Love you both, Lee and Betsy
Dear Molly & Family,
What a good friend Ron was to us and so many. He had a huge heart and helped more people that we will ever know. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Janet, Meredith, & family
Dear Molly and Family:
It was with saddened hearts that we read of Ron’s passing. We will remember him for his ambition, his generosity and sense of humor. Although we haven’t stayed close over the years we have always been aware of his and your successes over the years. I can remember when you and Ron started dating and at Xmas time some of us girls at Holeman would replace the words of Deck the Halls with boughs and holly with the words “Deck the Halls with Ron and Molly”. I still hum that same revision every year. It takes me back to when I first met Ron. Even then you could tell that he was going to make a name for himself and he did. Wayne and I have always thought Ron was a man of integrity and compassion. He will be missed by everyone who knew him. You and your family are in our prayers and thoughts.
Sandi and Wayne Peterson
Dear Omo & Harper families,
We wish to express our deepest sympathy for you in this most difficult time. As part of the Drag racing/YDS community, I can say Ron will be dearly missed. I always appreciated the fairness and integrity in which Ron operated.
With deepest sympathy,
Tom Manolis and family – Sheridan, Wy
Dear Miss Molly and KatyLou
I am saddened to hear about Ron but I can,t help but be happy when I think about the times we had, and the funny
Molly and Katy you have always made me feel like family, I love you both if ever I can help don’t hesitate to call OD
Molly and Family:
We are all deeply impacted by the passing of our good friend, community leader, and generous man in Ron Omo. This community will never really know how many lives Ron and you have contributed to. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Chris and Tracy Hoiness
Dear Molly & Family,
I am very sad and wanted to let you know You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ron was a great person and we had some times back in the day at Holman. I think I even introduced you two. Be strong, and my sympathys are with you all. God Bless.
Scott Willis – Missoula
We are thinking of you always, but especially today. We will be there with you this afternoon in spirit and we will all get through this together. Just know that Ron and Uncle Joe are having a great time together now.
We love you,
Aunt Jewell, Marvanne and Thomas
Dear Molly and Family, we are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing- May God guide you thur this time- Jim And Kathy Evans- Rio Vista Ca
We were saddened to hear about your loss and give you our deepest condolences. You will be in our thoughts.
Mike and Sabrina Marshall
Molly and Family,
I’m deeply saddened for your loss. Ron was a wonderful man and I very much enjoyed the time I spent with him. You both were always very giving of your success. He will be missed.
God Bless-Ron Thom
Ron lived life and gave so much. What he leaves is a legacy as rich as an undefeated season.
Ultimately he went too fast.
Dear Molly and Katy,
Please know all our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
I couldn’t believe it when Dickie called from the airport in Billings and told me the news. We send our deepest condolences and would have preferred to have sent and card and note, but had no address to send it to. We go back a long ways and have nothing but fond memories. If you are ever down in Sheridan, please give me a call and I would love to take you to lunch. Dick and Hardy, also, send their sincere condolences. Please take care and I hope to hear from you.