Ronald “Ron” Skelton, 77 of Williston, most recently of Bismarck, passed away at the Augusta Place Assisted Care Center in Bismarck on Thursday evening, February 8, 2018. Ron suffered from years of dealing with Multiple Sclerosis.
Ronald Lloyd Skelton was born March 23, 1940 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Harold and Lottie Skelton. He was raised in Oklahoma until the family moved to New Town, North Dakota in 1956.
On August 7, 1969 Ron married Linda Solberg. Ron and Linda made Williston their home where they raised their three sons; Kelly, Troy and Mark.
Ron worked in the oil field and was a truck pusher for Lawrence Transportation and Nicor drilling, up until he was injured while on the job in the mid-80s. Ron truly believed in the “work hard-play hard” way of life.
Ron and Linda’s home was open to anyone, as such the numerous kids came and went thru their front door and would refer to Ron as “The Captain.” Following Linda’s passing in 2005, Ron lived alone with much assistance from his son Mark. It was then that the name “Captain Ron” stuck.
Ron loved making an example out of his kids while teaching them pinochle. He enjoyed watching television (action and Sy-fy) and attending his family’s activities. Ron would ask if you knew what was going on in the world. He loved talking politics with his son Kelly. At the beginning and end of conversation Kelly would address dad as “The Man, The Myth, The Legend” and in return Ron would grin from ear to ear.
During his glory years in Bismarck Ron was instrumental in teaching his grandchildren in how to give exploding knuckles and to play dominoes. Ron’s desire for adventure never ended. He once let his three-year grandson drive his chair, resulting in the chair going off the sidewalk and the two of them on to the ground.
Surviving Ron are his children, Kelly (Kristi) Skelton of Williston, Troy (Kayla) Skelton of Bismarck and Mark (Lynn) Skelton of Summerville NV; grandchildren, Shelby of Summerville NV, Titan, Ty and Tanner of Bismarck; sister, Maryln (Roy) Berquist and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding Ron in death were his wife, Linda; parents, Harold and Lottie Skelton; Linda’s parents, Joseph and Hazel Solberg; sister, Haroldeen (Ron) Berg, brothers, Gary and Glen, and his brother-in-law and sister-in- law Mel and Bev Solberg.