Ronald George ªRon” Kiosse


Ronald George ªRon” Kiosse, 64, of Terry, died Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was called the poster child for glioblastoma multiforme because he survived it for such a long time.

Mr. Kiosse was born on Sept. 2, 1949, in Miles City to William and Shirley Hom Kiosse and was the oldest of five siblings. His childhood was spent on the family ranch. Mr. Kiosse attended the first grade in Miles City and attended the rest of his grade school at country school that was a short walk for him daily. He graduated from Powder River High School in Broadus in 1967 and then went on to Miles Community College. 

He and Cyndy Young were married in 1969. To this union was born a daughter, Amber, in 1972 and a son, Jade, in 1975. Mr. Kiosse worked for the Miles City Fire Department, laid carpet with Russ Martin, delivered Coca Cola and also played in a band. 

He married the love of his life, Cindy Kuchynka, in 1980. They moved to Townsend shortly after they got married where he was a manager of the Cenex for several years until his job moved them to Terry. They were blessed with their daughter, Ashley, in 1987. In their 33 years of marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Kiosse did everything together. One of their most memorable times was one of their trips to Duke University when they stopped in Washington, D.C., to do some sight-seeing with their very good friends, Larry and Cindy Bond.

Mrs. Kiosse lovingly nursed Mr. Kiosse’s health issues during his entire illness.

Mr. Kiosse was a wonderful salesman. He worked for Mac’s Frontierland for several years. He worked as a manager of John Deere in Miles City for a short time as well. He also was a correctional officer for the Pine Hills Juvenile Center until he had to retire. He also operated his own auction business for years. 

He was in the National Guard. Mr. Kiosse was Prairie County Sportsman Club president, Chamber president, was a member of the Eagles and National Rifle Association. He was a Terry councilman for 16 years, and up until his death, the Mayor of Terry for nearly five years. 

Mr. Kiosse was an avid sportsman. He loved to go hunting and fishing. Watching football was his favorite pastime. He was accepted into a clinical trial as a patient of Duke University because of his illness. Mr. Kiosse loved going to Duke because they called him a “famous man” and treated him like royalty because he was the Mayor of Terry. He and his wife also sat courtside at a Duke Blue Devils basketball game. He was given a ball cap signed by Coach K., which he wore with pride. 

He was a proud grandfather of two grandsons, Connor and Brady, whom he taught how to shoot. Over the years he enjoyed making several memorable trips to see his children. He took trips to see Amber and Jade in Washington and Oregon and traveled to see Ashley in Bozeman (where they went to many Bobcat football games) and Arizona. With his family he enjoyed going on a Disney Cruise, to Disneyland, several Trailblazers National Basketball Association games, Seahawks games, and most recently to see his two favorite National Football League teams play each other, the Vikings at Seahawks. He also texted his children and grandchildren every Friday to inquire about their weekend plans.

His survivors include his wife, Cindy of Terry; daughters, Amber (Patrick) Gagnon and their children, Connor and Brady, of Ridgefield, Wash., and Ashley of Phoenix, Ariz.; son, Jade of Astoria, Ore.; his mother, Shirley Ottoy of Miles City; a brother, Doug (Paula) of Miles City; his sisters, Chris (Dennis) Young of Miles City, Shari (Brad) Poulos of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lora (Kevin) Fuqua of Muleshoe, Texas; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Shirley and Hank Kuchynka; his brothers-in-law, Larry (Rhea) Kuchynka and Gary (Jeanne) Kuchynka; his sisters-in-law, Sandra (Jim Cook) Pearcy and Kathy (Scott) Pering; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William; and his grandparents.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 9, 2014, with the family receiving friends from 4 to 6 p.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Terry. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Grace Bible Church in Miles City. Interment will be in the Custer County Cemetery. 

Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the family to help defray health expenses or to the charity of one’s choice. 

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