Ronald Allen Morstad, 70, of Billings, Montana passed away on April 24, 2020 after a long nine week battle with an ongoing infection from the failure of a previous procedure.
Ron was born May 21, 1949 to Arvid and Hilda Morstad in Plentywood, Montana. After graduating from Plentywood High School in 1968 he went on to study architecture at the university in Havre. Upon returning home, he landed a job as a Pepsi distributor for Blue Rock Distributing Company. He roved that job for seven years, meeting and making friends with all who met him. During that time he met the love of his life, Nancy Wood. They wed on April 27, 1974 and purchased the Alta Vista Café in 1976; they owned and operated the café for 23 years. During those years they went on to have three children: Melody, Harmony, and Scott.
In 2004 they moved to Billings to be closer to their children. Ron worked for Standard Parking at the airport where he always looked forward to reconnecting withold friends coming through his parking booth on their travels.
Ron Morstad was a force of nature – determined to provide for his family and give them the life they deserved. His family meant more to him than anything else in the world. He bragged about them at any opportunity. He was unendingly proud of his family: Melody, Harmony, Scott, and Nancy – and of course his grandkids: Noah, Meta, Pre, Parker, Zoey, Aliyah, and Jackson. Anyone who knew Ron knew that he was the most loving father, grandfather, and husband a family could ask for.
Ron was a car and conversation enthusiast. To quote our dad, “to make a short story long,” he always had a great story and he never left out a detail. His favorite hobby was driving and simultaneously talking on his bluetooth (which we are pretty sure he had surgically attached). Ron always loved teaching his children and grandchildren to drive, shuttling grandkids to and from school and extracurriculars, an dentertaining his girls at the salon with his stories. He never missed any of his grandkids’ soccer, basketball, or baseball games, dance recitals, or music performances. He and Scott loved to drive and cruise car lots, which usually meant that Nancy would be talked into a new vehicle LOL. He was always up for a good road trip and always preferred the car over any other transportation, unless Melody was his flight attendant. No one was ever a stranger. He loved having block parties in “Ronan’s Garage” with neighbors, friends, and family; they all meant the world to him. He was the heart of the community in their neighborhood. To quote his close neighborhood friend Greg, “before he moved in we were just neighbors, and now we’re a neighborhood”. There are not enough words to describe hoe much Ron loved and was loved!
The family requests tat all flower and notes be sent to 3837 N. Tanager, Billings, MT 59102. The family will be having a celebration of life for Ron in Plentywood, Montana on June 20. Contact family for details.