Antique Vintage 15

Ronald S. LaMotte

July 14, 1939 ~ March 5, 2022 (age 82)


Ronald S. LaMotte, 82, of Fort Benton passed away on March 5th, 2022, after an extended illness. As per his wishes, no services will be held; A Memorial gathering will be held at a future date.

Ron was born on July 14th, 1939, in Great Falls, MT to Earl S. and Margaret O. (Stephens) LaMotte. The crowning triumph of his youth was achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and he firmly believed in always being prepared. He attended Northern Montana College, where he graduated with an associate degree in Industrial Arts. After college, Ron entered the United States Navy, serving as a Shipfitter Helper. While stationed in Scotland, he met and married Andrina Fleming; they had 2 sons, but later divorced. After his Naval career, Ron moved to Colorado to work with Colorado Outward Bound in logistics. It was here that he met Betty Bubach, the couple were married on May 25th, 1974, and later relocated to the original Stephens family homestead in Highwood, MT; They were blessed with 4 children. Ron was an avid reader and collector, he also enjoyed gun shows, potlucks, working as EMT and teaching the Children’s Object Lessons at Church.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Margaret LaMotte; mother-in-law, Dolores Bubach and special cousin, Don Lord.

He is survived by his wife, Betty LaMotte, children Stephen, Edward (Karen), Dan (Scott Pierson), Sarah (Jake) White, Megan (Red Chapnick), Davison and Jeff (Jennie) LaMotte; grandchildren Aidan, Tate, Alexis, McKenna, Joslyn, Nathan, Timothy, John and Ruth; sister Donna LaMotte, father-in-law Selmer Bubach and brothers-in-law, Steven (Karen), Dean (Phyllis) and Tim (Deb) Bubach, all in North Dakota. He is also fondly remembered by his friends in the area, to include Doreen and Colter Companion.  A Special thanks to Bill Davison and Dave Ripley for all you did for him these last years.

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