BUTTE – Ron Ueland didn’t seek attention. But you wouldn’t know that judging by the hundreds who attended his funeral Friday.
“Ron Ueland was a very understated person who did many, many great things. And you can see it here, people are lined up down the block,” said his brother-in-law John Joyce.
Ueland died of a heart attack at age 65 on his ranch just west of Butte last Saturday. Ueland was a sports legend in Butte and for the Montana State Bobcats, as well as an enterprising visionary in Butte business.
“Personally, he was always a great friend, always welcome, always knowledgeable, so I’ll miss him,” Joyce said.
A former teammate who played football with Ron Ueland, both a Butte Central and the Montana State Bobcats, came all the way from Seattle to be at the funeral today because he said Ueland was not only a great athlete, he was a tremendous leader on and off the field.
“He was a wonderful, wonderful person, somebody I emulated and there was a reason he was captain of his high school team and college team is because he was a tremendous leader and person,” said Bert Markovich.
Just before his death, Ueland was in the process of starting a malt processing plant just west of Butte called Montana Craft Malt.
He is survived by his wife, Sue, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.
Reporting by John Emeigh for MTN News