Ronald Duane Cudmore, age 72 of Casper Wyoming, peacefully passed away on August 16, 2023, in Fort Collins Colorado. Born on March 27, 1951, in Mitchell South Dakota, Ron was the second son of Russell Cudmore and Jean Nightingale. He grew up in White Lake South Dakota, where he spent his formative years, graduating from White Lake High School in 1969. Ron's life was a testament to his unwavering spirit, his devotion to family, and his passion for living.
At the remarkable age of 14, Ron embarked on his working journey, residing in Plankinton South Dakota, for a brief period. He spent his high school summers working at a truck stop, earning $1.25 per hour while commuting to Kimball SD. Ron's adventurous spirit led him to California, where he honed his culinary skills as a chef. However, after facing incidents involving stolen cars and robberies in California, he moved to Brush CO to help his sister during challenging times.
In Colorado, Ron started his career in the Oil and Gas industry. He later followed his father to Gillette Wyoming, where he resided until 1998. Throughout his career, Ron dedicated his efforts to Exeter Drilling, eventually transitioning to Nabors Drilling, among other drilling companies. He worked his way through various roles on drilling rigs, showcasing his dedication and skills.
In 1977, Ron's world changed with the arrival of his only daughter, Heidi. His unwavering devotion to Heidi led him to remain single, focusing on providing for her. In 1998, Ron moved to Casper Wyoming, where he established his home for the remainder of his life.
Motorcycles held a special place in Ron's heart, and his passion for them persisted throughout his life. He even shared his love for motorcycles with his daughter, zipping her into his leather jacket when she was just a baby and taking her for rides around town. Ron also cherished his role as a grandpa, welcoming his first grandson, Tyler, in 1995, followed by granddaughter Haylie in 1999, and two bonus grandsons, Jacob and Trent, in 2010. He formed close bonds not only with his grandchildren but also with their friends, earning him the title of a second grandpa to many.
Ron’s retirement in 2012 was embraced by various home projects that showcased his resourcefulness and skill in repair and renovation. His love for watching and talking stocks, fishing, gardening, shopping, garage sales, tinkering in his garage, and keeping busy with projects defined his days. He enjoyed playing the guitar too.
Despite receiving a lung cancer diagnosis in late February 2023, followed by a challenging 52-day illness, Ron maintained his resilience until his passing, leaving doctors puzzled. He was preceded in death by his father, Russell, mother, Jean, brothers, Jerry, Jim, and Rod.
Ron, a true family man is survived by his daughter, Heidi (Craig); grandchildren Tyler (Johanna), Jacob (Cassy), Haylie (Jaymon), and Trent; great-grandchildren Neil, Jay, Jaycee, and Colson Duane, who was named after Ron in June 2023; sister Darlene (Robert); brother Russell Jr (Lori); stepmother Alvina; nieces Jodi, Nadine, Brenda, Natalie, Amy, Sondrae, Ashley; and a nephew, Neil; as well as numerous cousins and friends.
Ron's compassion and selflessness extended beyond his family, making a positive impact on the lives of many. His dedication to making the world a better place inspired all who knew him. He will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor, ability to fix anything out of nothing, his striking blue eyes, and his signature "Irish Goodbyes."
He leaves a void in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing him, but his spirit will live on in the memories and stories that continue to bring smiles and comfort.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, followed by the Funeral Service at 2:00 pm on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Bustard & Jacoby Funeral Home, 600 CY Ave, Casper Wyoming. Burial and committal will take place at Highland Cemetery, 1860 E 12th, Casper Wyoming. A reception will follow at The Gaslight Social, 314 W Midwest Ave, Casper Wyoming.
Ron’s family expresses their deepest gratitude for the love and support shown during this difficult time. His memory will forever be cherished, and his impact felt by all whose lives he touched. May he rest in eternal peace.