October 21, 2020 was a good day at Camp on the Boulder; Ron had worked hard, accomplished some good things, and was going home to “Pete’, then “Boy Howdy!” a lifetime desire happened; Jesus took Ron home. Ron along with his twin brother David was gifted to Hardin and Shirley Todd on October 26, 1952 in Billings MT. He went to Rimrock School, Lincoln Jr. High, and graduated from Billings Senior High in 1970. He played saxophone and the bassoon in the band and orchestra. His renown name of “Toad” was given him by his would-be wife, Becky, because of a solo saxophone song, “Teddy the Toad.” Ron married his high school sweetheart, Becky, 48 years ago. Ron graduated from Montana State University in Microbiology- environmental health. He worked for the Billings Waste–Water Treatment for two years then was employed by Montana Power as a leadman electrician/instrument technician where he worked for 15 years. In 1991, Ron became a pastor at Faith Chapel Church in Billings—a dream and calling he had waited on God to release to him. Ron retired from Faith Chapel in 2015 but never stopped doing things for God’s glory and purpose.
He loved sports, the out of doors, telling a story, doing a project but most of all he loved people—especially helping people.
Ron had a zeal and vision for serving in missions both abroad and locally. He went to Ethiopia 33 times to love on and help the children at New Hope Home for Children. He also went to Bohol Philippines 33 times to love and help the deaf children at IDEA. He also built churches in Brazil and the Philippines as well as doing mission trips to Belize, Guatemala, and Turkey. Ron was in his sweet spot when he could do a project with a team to help and share Jesus with others. God had given him a new sweet spot within the last two years. He was, with the help of great volunteers, remodeling and refurbishing the Camp on the Boulder outside of Big Timber, MT.
He is survived by mother, Shirley Todd, wife Becky, sister Pam Bevolden (Curtis), brother David (Pam), a daughter Sarah (Matt), son Luke (Christy) and son Sam (Kara). Other special survivors include Uncle Ed (Audrey), as well as cousins Greg (Kathie), Sandy, and Phyllis (Scott) along with nephew Mark (Jessica) and nieces Beth (Shawn) and Amy (Josh). “Pops” delighted and loved his grandchildren immensely: Jessie and Levi, Hannah and Tatum as well as Eli, Ella, Evelyn, and Annelise. His heartfelt prayer was that his family would love and serve Jesus.
Thank you, Ron, for loving Jesus with your “all”; it showed and helped us to do the same.