Ronald James “Moods” Moody passed away at home Wednesday May 20th at the age of 67.
Ron was born January 12th 1953 in Butte, Montana to Harold and Clara Moody. Ron was forever a Butte kid and despite many adventures always returned home to Montana.
In 1976, Ron acquired a degree in elementary education focused in special education from MSU Billings and went on to teach until 1993. Teaching allowed Ron to relish summertime as an avid outdoorsman and exceptional angler. If you knew Ron you knew, if he wasn’t telling jokes at a local watering hole, he was off floating the Big Hole.
Ron was an ardent language enthusiast. His passion for wordsmithing resulted in a world record amount of completed crossword puzzles, a poem on every notepad, postcard, and napkin, and a self-published series of poems. “If Ya Would” heartily showed his hometown pride with the front-page poem, Butte:
Shadows haunt the mines on the hill
Where men have lived and died
Beneath the ground, the days’ reward
The hours of work his pride
The winds now toil the caverns below
A mile or so of hell
Hard Rockers know, the tales of woe
As the richest mountain fell
Nature reaped beyond recourse
On the Butte, west of the Divide
Stolen gone her minerals
But ever lived her pride
Cuz on and on she’ll stay as tho’
The treasures still remain
In the hearts and souls of those
Who cherish her the same
For life is more than riches
Piled on some hill
Rewards are those found at home
And most likely always will
Ron is survived by his children, Patrick Moody of Mountain View California, Shannon Moody Rausch (Mitchell) of Bozeman Montana, Brother Ralph Moody (Patti) of Great Falls Montana, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and chosen family.
A celebration of life will be held privately at Ron’s request with a float down the Big Hole River. Donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.
Please visit below to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ron.
Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Ron and his family.