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Ronald A. Pickinpaugh

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 1st, 2014


July 31, 1943-June 28, 2014

MORRILL, Neb. – Ronald A. Pickinpaugh, 70, of Morrill, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 28, at Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff, Neb. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014 at Lifeway Church in Torrington with Pastor Marty Rostad officiating.

Cremation has taken place in accordance with Ronald’s wishes. Memorials may be made to Goshen County 4-H, Scotts Bluff County 4-H or the Wyoming State FFA Foundation. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.jolliffefuneralhome.com.

Ron was born July 31, 1943 to Avon Newell and Betty Lou (Benham) Pickinpaugh in Casper. He grew up in Douglas where he competed in high school rodeo, winning numerous buckles and titles. Ron was also a member of the FFA. He graduated from Douglas High in 1961.

Ron joined the Air Force after high school, enlisting on Oct. 25, 1961 and being honorably discharged on July 26, 1962. He returned to Wyoming after the service and attended Casper College. Ron also applied for and received his Rodeo Cowboys Association Card during this time, competing in saddle bronc, bareback and bulldogging.

Ron worked on various ranches throughout Wyoming, including the Elk Ranch at Jackson Hole. He was an avid big-game hunter in his younger years and guided hunters in the Jackson Hole and Gros Ventre areas. Ron was also involved in the construction industry with his father, helping to build the new Interstate 25 project south of Douglas to Wheatland.

Ron was a lifelong advocate of agriculture and the trucking industry. He was a respected horseman and breeder of quarter horses. Ron was a card-holding judge for AQHA, PHBA and several other horse associations. He also raised Rambouillet sheep and registered Hereford cattle and was very proud of the horses and cattle he raised.

Ron was involved in trucking throughout his life and enjoyed traveling and meeting people all over the country. He never met a stranger. Ron was also a proud member of the American Legion.

Ron married the love of his life, Judith Phillips, on Sept. 22, 1968, and, to this union, a son was born. He also welcomed a stepson. Ron was very proud of his children and thoroughly enjoyed his grandchildren and watching them grow.

Ron loved visiting with friends and family and was always willing to talk horses. He was a man of his word, and his handshake was his bond.

Survivors include his wife, Judi of Morrill; sons, Craig Smith of Gering, Neb., and Shannon (Dawn) Pickinpaugh of Torrington; sister Melba Douglas of Denver, Colo., and DeEtta Watson of Kent, Wash.; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; father-in-law Robert Hartley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Ron in death were his parents, one brother, one sister and his mother-in-law.

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