Ronald Eugene Burnes, 78 | Daily Inter Lake

Ronald Eugene Burnes, 78, of Bigfork, returned to his Heavenly Father on January 25, 2022, after suffering a massive stroke.

Ron was born to Ruth and William Burnes in Napa, California on November 1, 1943. He grew up and attended school there.

After attending college, Ron joined the Marines. From there he entered the army where he joined the special forces. During this time he was stationed in various locations including Okinawa and Panama. After seven years in the special forces, he became a trainer for the army reserve. Ron retired from the military in 2002.

Ron was married to Linda Johnson from 1967 to 1999 and they had 11 children. They lived in Napa, CA, Grass Valley, CA and Heber, Utah. In 2013 Ron moved to Bigfork. Ron had been active in his church community at Crossroads Christian Fellowship.

After and for a total of 27 years in the military, Ron became The Freeze Dry Guy where he helped people get ready by selling freeze dried foods and other needed items.

Ron is survived by his great love, Elaine, his children Christine, Julie, Jennifer, Ronald, James, Sarah, Ruth, John, Lori, Michael, many beloved grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Ron was predeceased by his sister Sandra Kay on August 22, 1946 and his son William on March 13, 2006.

Funeral services are being held at the Buffalo Hill Funeral Home at 1890 Hwy. 93 North in Kalispell on Wednesday, February 2 at 1 p.m.

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