In Memory

Ron Petet - Class of 1998

Ron Petet


ARLEE — Ronald Harold Petet, 64, passed away from Melanoma on Monday afternoon, September 10, 2007 at his home in Arlee.

Born December 14, 1942 to Harold and Orphinia Petet in Anaconda. He was raised in Hamilton where he graduated from high school in 1961. While in high school he participated and enjoyed all the high school sports, especially football.

After graduation he joined the US Air Force and served four years. While in the military, he was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base, Japan and Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, he owned and operated a service station in San Angelo, Texas, for two years.

He returned to Montana and worked for Prudential Insurance. Ron started to work for the paper mill, now Smurfit-Stone Container, on October 5, 1967, and retired after a little more than 30 years in February 1998.

Ron married Charlene Matt in 1976.

Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting, getting firewood and working out. For the last 16 years, he also enjoyed spending time in the winter months vacationing in Mazatlan, Mexico, fishing for sailfish and marlins, learning Spanish, relaxing and the beach.

After retirement, he was also became very computer oriented and spent many an hour on the Internet where he tracked stocks and managing a portfolio.

He was preceded in death by his son Emanuel “EJ” Petet, his parents and Grandmother Ola Hart.

He is survived by his wife Charlene of the family home in Arlee; a nephew, Brian Jackson, who he referred to as “My Boy” and “Buddy”; sister, Jean Roberts of Hamilton; his nieces, Kristi Loiacono, Kari Auclair and Kassi Ashcraft; a nephew, Paul Hendren and Rick Roberts.

A rosary was held Tuesday, September 11th at the Foster and Durgeloh Funeral Home in St. Ignatius. Mass was celebrated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Arlee where military honors were presented. As per his request, cremation followed the service.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.