Ron Rooney, 61 of Absarokee, MT, passed away on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 after a very short but courageous battle with stomach cancer.
Ron lived life to the fullest. He was always on the go! He worked at Stillwater Mine where he made many friends, who will miss him dearly. He spent much of his time pursuing his many passions with his beloved wife Kathy alongside him. Together, they enjoyed the water. They loved floating the river, including his favorite river, the Yellowstone, and spent time at Deadmans Basin near Martinsdale, which was their favorite lake. He was passionate about hunting and most recently, paddle fishing. Ron knew the highlands of Butte like the back of his hand. Family and friends meant everything to him. He was an avid collector of Pennies and loved to joke around with the kids, especially his grandchildren.
Ron was preceded in death by his father Pat Rooney; mother Marge Rooney; and brother Tim Rooney.
He is survived by his wife Kathy Rooney of Absarokee; children Kim (Jess) Nixon; Ron Rooney; Trisha Rooney (her daughter Mckayla Rooney); stepson Cole (Hedy) Mulholland (their children John Michael and Lexie); and step-daughter Cori Mulholland (her children Miranda and Tanner Packer and Bella and Ethan Marshall). Also surviving are his siblings Irene Yelenech, Paul (Carol) Kissell, Linda Egbert, Patsy (Gary) Snyder, John (Evonne) Rooney, Jerry (Donna) Rooney and Jani (Bob) Schumer; and special in-laws, including father-in-law, Jim Wilson and brothers and sisters-in-law, Margaret (Willie) Owens, Greg Wilson, Rick (Deb) Wilson, Shane (Lisa) Wilson, David (Gloria) Wilson, and Joy Swenson; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial Services will take place at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 9, at Young Arena in Absarokee, with a reception to follow. Sunday, August 12, at Wayrynen -Richards Funeral Home in Butte, at 2:00 P.M., with a reception to follow at Scandia Hall.