Ronald ‘Ron’ Edward Ries

Ronald ‘Ron’ Edward Ries

Ronald “Ron” Edward Ries, 76, died Sept. 8, 2020, at Spirit Mountain Hospice House in Cody. 

Ronald was born to Joe and Amelia Ries on Feb. 7, 1944, in Powell. He was baptized, confirmed and was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Powell. Ronald was raised on a family farm southeast of Powell and attended Powell Public Schools, graduating in 1962. He continued his education at Northwest Community College, Powell and the University of Montana, Missoula, receiving a B.S. in forestry in 1966 and M.S. in forestry in 1968. He continued his education at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, graduating with a Ph.D. in range management in 1973.

Ronald married Ann Taplin on Dec. 17, 1966, at First English Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Missoula.   

Ronald’s work career included summer work 1962-65 at the Wapiti Ranger Station and the South Fork Work Station on the Shoshoni National Forest, USDA Forest Service. Upon graduation, he worked from 1966-1968 as a graduate student assistant for the University of Montana. Ronald then worked as a resource specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, Missoula District, during 1968. 

He served in the U.S. Army from 1968-70 including a tour of duty in Vietnam. Ronald worked for University of Wyoming as a research assistant from 1970-73, and as a research consultant 1973-74 on ecological characterization of coal mine leases in Campbell County, Wyoming. 

He worked as a range scientist for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at the Northern Great Plains Research Center, Mandan, N.D., from June 1974-June 30, 2001. His work included research on reclamation of surface mined lands, grass seedling morphology and establishment and weed ecology and control.  

After retirement in 2001, Ronald and his wife Ann moved to Cody. They enjoyed membership and services at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, Cody. 

He continued to manage Canyon Hills, LLC, a family company. He and Ann enjoyed gardening, fishing, wildlife watching, visits to their children, picnics in the Shoshoni Forest, and visits to Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.  

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents in 2005. 

Ronald is survived by his wife and two sons:  Ryan (Leanne) Ries and grandchildren Isaac and Emma of Wadena, Minn.; Rod (Mindy) Ries and grandchildren Kiera and Brinley of Lakewood, Colo.  He is also survived by his sister Elizabeth (Michael) Beaver of Charlotte, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.  

Cremation has taken place at his request and a Memorial Service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church on Monday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m. A private interment will follow at the Valley Cemetery on the Upper South Fork.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1207 Stampede Avenue, Cody, WY 82414 or The Homesteader Museum, P.O. Box 54, Powell, WY 82435.

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