CASPER—Ronald Eugene Estes Sr. passed away October 3, 2019 at Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyoming with his children and grandchildren by his side. Ron was born in Smithshire, Illinois March 4, 1935 to Francis Painter and Ralph Estes. Ron grew up in Casper where he attended McKinley Elementary, Dean Morgan Junior High, and Natrona County High School. Ron graduated from NCHS in 1954 where he was Class President, Homecoming King, and an outstanding football, wrestling, and track athlete. Ron Played football at Bakersfield Junior College in California before joining the Marines in 1956. After his service was completed, Ron was offered scholarships at Texas Tech, University of Nebraska, and the University of Wyoming. Being a Wyoming boy, Ron chose UW where he was a member of the 1958 Sun Bowl team.
Ron married the love of his life Beverley Petera on January 17, 1958. Ron and Beverly had three children, Bruce, Kimmie, and Ron Jr. Ron then attended Valley City State College where he finished his education with a Bachelors Degree.
Ron started his teaching and coaching career in 1961 in Ft. Laramie Wyoming. In 1963, the family moved back to Casper where Ron taught Social Studies, PE, Drivers Ed., and Special Education at his alma mater, NCHS. Ron also coached Football, Wrestling, and Track and had a 34 year career in education. Ron touched the lives of countless students, athletes, and staff. He was the teacher and coach who made the difference for many with his encouraging approach and ‘You can do it”, or “You can overcome your obstacles” attitude. He had a unique way of getting his message across to his athletes and students which always taught life lessons.
Some of Ron’s coaching career achievements include a JV wrestling record of 164 wins, 11 losses, and two ties. He had four regional championships, two state runner-ups, and four state championships. He was assistant coach for the Wyoming All Star Wrestling Team vs Japan 1970 and 1972 and co-head coach Wyoming All Star Wrestling Team vs Canada 1975. He was Wyoming Track Coach of the year in 1979 and was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame in 1986.
Ron loved and was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed the outdoors especially fishing, playing golf, and arrowhead hunting. Ron Said, “I played the best, I believe I passed the test, I’m glad this one is over, because I need the rest”. Ron and Beverley are together again. Ron was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
Ron was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 61 years, Beverely; his mother, Francis Painter; father, Ralph Estes; sisters, Norma Jean Cook and Pat Story; and son, Bruce Gonce.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimmie Forgey, (Kevin), and son, Ron Jr. (Jodie). Ron has six grandchildren, Annique, Chrisa, Charis, Melanie, Dusty, and Stephanie. Ron also has eight great-grandchildren.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Central Wyoming Hospice and Transitions.
A private memorial will be held for family at a later date.