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Today I am seriously saddened and very happy. I hope I am not jumping the gun to post this, but I received a call from Betty Robertson about an hour ago and Ron passed away this morning. For the past week or so he has been very ill. The cancer had spread to various parts of his body and it was just too much. I lost a great friend today and the world lost a very good man.

In 2017 I bought my Goldwing. I was making a ride around the perimeter of the US. I was planning to ride to Washington State and leave my Wing in a storage facility and fly home since I didn't want to be gone for two months. Mark Jamison, Crownfire, suggested I contact Ron and leave my bike in his shed. I told him I couldn't do that. Mark said to post my plans and he would take care of it. Short story is in 2017 I met Ron, Betty, and their daughter. Had great seafood feast for Memorial Day and celebrated with them for a few days with some great rides. Flew home for a few weeks and flew back in July to get my bike and ride across the top. Did that. On the morning I was leaving WA for Idaho, Ron rounded up a bunch of his friends most of which I had already met and escorted me across the Cascades. His comment was we want to make damn sure you got out of Western WA. It was a great ride.

Fast forward to July 2018. I met them in Montana somewhere. Rode across the Beartooth and Chief Josef to WY. Rode around there for a week and I headed home. As you would imagine great visit.

In 2019 the cancer was discovered and a friend and I were riding to Alaska. Ron and Betty insisted we come by on our way back and we did. He was doing quite well but couldn't ride with us. We changed oil in the shed. He got oil for my friend. As many of you know they were perfect hosts. When we left we didn't get escorted over the mountains but it was a good visit. We had prayer before we left their house. I told them we had spent the last 3 Julys together and I wanted us to do the same this year. It didn't happen.

In everyone's life special people come along. Ron and Betty are two of those people. I am happy today because Ron is out of pain and his family and friends no longer have to see him in pain. I am saddened as I only had a few years for our friendship. But what a friendship is was. Ron and Betty I love you guys.

One thing Ron and I discussed was how Amazing Grace sounded on the pipes. He wanted that played at this service. Due to the virus that may not happen, but it will. I want to see and hear that piper playing that song at Ron's grave. I plan to make sure I see that when this is all over LORD willing. Surely there is a piper in the Land of Tall Mountains that can play Amazing Grace.

Betty if you see this, rest assured I will stay in touch.
 

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This is terribly sad news. For Liana and I, meeting and spending time with Ron and Betty has been one of the greatest rewards we've received since joining the Wing riding family. A truly class act has just left us, but anyone who spent any time at all with Ron knows we are better for having met.

Thank you Ron and Betty for opening your hearts and your home to so many of us. Meet and greets won't ever be the same.
 

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It would be no surprise to GWOF for us Aussies to say that we have just lost one of the best friends that you could have. Ron and Betty have been part of our life for 10 years now. We were accepted by their family as extended family members. Lady V. is in contact with Betty and other family members every week. We will not be able to be with them at this time in person, but they know we are right there with them in spirit. GWOF has just lost a great member and friend, we will all miss him. E&V
 

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Today I am seriously saddened and very happy. I hope I am not jumping the gun to post this, but I received a call from Betty Robertson about an hour ago and Ron passed away this morning. For the past week or so he has been very ill. The cancer had spread to various parts of his body and it was just too much. I lost a great friend today and the world lost a very good man.

In 2017 I bought my Goldwing. I was making a ride around the perimeter of the US. I was planning to ride to Washington State and leave my Wing in a storage facility and fly home since I didn't want to be gone for two months. Mark Jamison, Crownfire, suggested I contact Ron and leave my bike in his shed. I told him I couldn't do that. Mark said to post my plans and he would take care of it. Short story is in 2017 I met Ron, Betty, and their daughter. Had great seafood feast for Memorial Day and celebrated with them for a few days with some great rides. Flew home for a few weeks and flew back in July to get my bike and ride across the top. Did that. On the morning I was leaving WA for Idaho, Ron rounded up a bunch of his friends most of which I had already met and escorted me across the Cascades. His comment was we want to make damn sure you got out of Western WA. It was a great ride.

Fast forward to July 2018. I met them in Montana somewhere. Rode across the Beartooth and Chief Josef to WY. Rode around there for a week and I headed home. As you would imagine great visit.

In 2019 the cancer was discovered and a friend and I were riding to Alaska. Ron and Betty insisted we come by on our way back and we did. He was doing quite well but couldn't ride with us. We changed oil in the shed. He got oil for my friend. As many of you know they were perfect hosts. When we left we didn't get escorted over the mountains but it was a good visit. We had prayer before we left their house. I told them we had spent the last 3 Julys together and I wanted us to do the same this year. It didn't happen.

In everyone's life special people come along. Ron and Betty are two of those people. I am happy today because Ron is out of pain and his family and friends no longer have to see him in pain. I am saddened as I only had a few years for our friendship. But what a friendship is was. Ron and Betty I love you guys.

One thing Ron and I discussed was how Amazing Grace sounded on the pipes. He wanted that played at this service. Due to the virus that may not happen, but it will. I want to see and hear that piper playing that song at Ron's grave. I plan to make sure I see that when this is all over LORD willing. Surely there is a piper in the Land of Tall Mountains that can play Amazing Grace.

Betty if you see this, rest assured I will stay in touch.
May god rest him in peace . Them pipes are hair , goose bumps , while they play in the cemetery...
 

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So very sad to hear. Ron visited me twice while I was on wildfires in Washington. Once on his bike and another time with Betty in their car. Also we all rode together from Cody, Cody, Cody up and over Beartooth Pass. All wonderful memories. Not to mention the back scratcher that he made and will last a lifetime. Good people and we have all lost a friend.
 

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I never got the chance to meet Ron, other than knowing him thru this group. He did ordain me into the Beartooth Clan with my certificate, that I treasure. He will be missed by all.
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I have Ron's backscratcher by my bed and every time I see it I think of Ron and Betty. Met them on the Cody Wyoming trip. I remember him sitting under the trees with the IDMWT banner. He loved to laugh and was always thinking of ways to make other folks lives better. It's never easy to say goodbye to the good ones and Ron was one of the best.

Rest in Peace Ron and thank you for all you have done for others.
 

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I met Ron on the trip to Cody in 2015. He was drinking a Rolling Rock beer at the hotel. When I asked him how he found it he said he worked in Allentown, PA. It is brewed about 30 miles from Johnstown where I am from. My deepest sympathies to Betty and the family. I will keep you all in my prayers. Thanks for posting RayJ.
 

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I wondered why I had not gotten any "forward's" from him in the last few days. I am so, so, saddened about this. I had no idea he was so ill. I don't even know what to say cause this hurts so bad. We wrote back and forth about our younger days and had many laughs telling the stupid things we had done then. I will miss him dearly and pray that the sadness and hurt that Betty and the family are enduring today is soon turned into loving and warm memories of Ron.
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I wondered why I had not gotten any "forward's" from him in the last few days. I am so, so, saddened about this. I had no idea he was so ill. I don't even know what to say cause this hurts so bad. We wrote back and forth about our younger days and had many laughs telling the stupid things we had done then. I will miss him dearly and pray that the sadness and hurt that Betty and the family are enduring today is soon turned into loving and warm memories of Ron.
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You were just what Ron needed. Someone that was a friend and talking about the good time's and not the situation. Ron was very upbeat to the outside even with knowing that his life was coming to an end. But I can tell you that Ron had said that he had lived a good life. I can tell you that he meant so much to us and to his family. He was such an active family man, community man. He talked the talk and walked the walk. I seen he taking care of his friends, hands on. Not asked but seen the need and stood up to meet that need. Anyone would not go wrong by by following in his foot steps. He opened his door to you as a friend and for us he opened his door to his extended family. You can't get better than that.
The Northwest corner will never be the same. I would have loved to spent more time with Ron. But this is the cost of having a friend on the other side of the world. RIP my friend for you did good.
 

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Thanks for the post Ray. I never had the honor to meet Ron in person. Nonetheless, he was a spectacular human being. When my eldest son was deployed in Afghanistan, Ron and Betty were sending him care packages on a regular basis. My son's well being was constantly on Ron's mind even after he returned state side. We are all better people because we had some interaction with this glorious souls. Rest in peace my friend.
 

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For those who never had the honour of meeting Ron, here's a link to a touch of his humour: Go Anywhere Bag. I heard him explain his invention in person at two M&G's, then got him to do it again for my brother's benefit when we visited in 2018. Man, how I wish I had recorded one of these!
 
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