Aug. 8, 1934 – May 22, 2013
Ronald Franzoni Lindsay was born Aug. 8, 1934, in Lovell and raised in the family home, which still stands at the foot of the hill on Nevada Avenue. He attended school in Lovell and graduated with the class of 1952.
Ron moved to Red Lodge shortly after graduation, where he worked as a doodlebugger, searching for oil drilling sites. It was there that he met Nadine Johnson, who would become his wife on Feb. 12, 1954. They were later sealed in the Idaho Falls Temple.
The young couple moved from Red Lodge to Lovell, where Ron began working with his father as an apprentice electrician. It was during this time that their first child, a daughter they named Jeanette, was born.
Shortly thereafter, the family of three moved to Montana where Ron took a job at the Anaconda Smelter. Their second daughter, Janelle, was born in Anaconda. One day Ron was surprised to come home to find his father waiting for him. With his belongings and car already packed Ron was told he was needed back in Lovell to help work in the oil fields. Like the dutiful son that he was, Ron came “home.”
When the electrical work on the oil rigs was completed Ron and family moved to Texas where they remained only briefly. It was there that Nadine gave birth to a baby boy they named William. Sadly, he only lived a few hours.
Their next move took them to Deer Lodge, Mont., where Tonya, their third and final daughter, was born.
In 1974 Ron and Nadine moved back to Lovell for the last time. They lived in a house on Carmon Avenue until they had a home built for them on Nevada Avenue, less than a half block from where he grew up.
He worked for Wyo-Ben for several years before devoting himself solely to his own electrical business, which he ran mostly from his garage.
Ron also found fulfillment in serving in the LDS Church. Among his many responsibilities were callings in the Young Men and Scouting programs. In 1978 he was called as a counselor in the Third Ward Bishopric, serving alongside Bishop Larry Sessions and Steve McArthur. Additionally, he loved attending the temple with Nadine.
Above all else, Ron loved and adored his family. He enjoyed traveling, camping and simply spending time with those he loved.
Ron’s final years were plagued with a variety of health issues. His final struggle with Alzheimer’s brought him to the New Horizons Care Center, where he spent the last couple years of his life. He died in the early morning hours of May 22 at North Big Horn Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Geralda; his older brothers Roy and Franz, who died as a toddler; his sister LoraDell; his infant son William; his loving wife Nadine; and their daughter Janelle.
He is survived by his sisters, Thressa Smith of Sandy, Utah, Dorcus (DV) Anderson and Dorothy (Gerald) Brinkerhoff of Lovell and Grace Asay of Frannie.
He is also survived by daughter Jeanette Newlon, her children Ryan, Stacy and Brandee; Janelle’s children Michael (Tina) Bennion, Destinee (Adam) Molzahn, Brodie, Kolby, Brittnee and Bailee Bennion; and Tonya (Chad) Oakes and their children Ethan, Matthew and Anna; along with seven great-grandchildren.
Additionally, he is survived by numerous nephews, nieces and various in-laws.
Funeral services were held May 24 at the LDS Stake Center with interment at the Lovell Cemetery.
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