Ronald Hallingstad, 81, Caldwell, died Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Honoring the memory of Ronald Eugene Hallingstad 1938-2019 Father, grandfather, brother, and uncle
Born February 16th, 1938 to Rudolph Hallingstad and Edna (Hauge)Hallingstad in Plaza, North Dakota. He grew up in Plaza, enjoying the simplicity and freedom of a small town childhood. He was “quite the kid”, his mother was known to say, and tortured his sisters continually. Growing up with an extended family close by gave him plenty of cousins to play with.
He graduated from Plaza High School as Salutatorian of his class. He went on to join the Navy, which afforded him training as an electrician. Continuing with a pursuit in that area, he eventually participated in a correspondence course through Bell and Howell. These experiences would prove to be very useful throughout his life of hard work and creative endeavors. He would ultimately be well known for his ability to create, build, and fix just about anything.
He married a small town girl from Parshall, Judy Kathleen Baker in 1962. Soon thereafter he signed on as a temporary helper on a drill rig belonging to a California based company, Pitcher Drilling. With his family growing he knew he needed to work as much as he could. Their first child, a girl, Ronda Jean was born the fall of 1962. The drill job completed, the company took the drill rig home to California. Soon, though, in 1964, right around the birth of daughter number two, Jodi Rae, Pitcher offered him a job. So off went the family of four to California. Briefly they settled in Palmdale, a desert town, but soon made their way to Redwood City (thank goodness). The little house on “F” Street was their eventual home where third child, a boy; Robin Jay was born in 1970.
Ron worked hard every day and sometimes nights for Pitcher Drilling, providing his family with everything they could possibly need. When not at work he enjoyed working on many different projects. He built many pieces of furniture for his home and children. He loved fast cars and was consistently helping to keep the cars of family and friends on the road. Eventually, Jodi and Ronda had children and Grandpa really enjoyed Jessika, Codi, Lane, and Tanner.
After a long career with Pitcher Drilling he decided it was time to retire. They made the decision to move to Idaho to be closer to Jodi and her family in Caldwell, Idaho. They designed and began building their dream home when, tragically, Judy was diagnosed with ALS. She passed way too soon in 2003. Ronda and her son Tanner were living with them in their home at the time. The notion of enjoying a well deserved retirement already diminished, Ron suffered a major stroke in July of 2005. This horrible turn of events robbed him of his ability to walk and drive. For the past 14 years he has been able to stay at home with the help of his children and grandchildren, only being allowed to drive his electric wheelchair. The vascular disease that caused his stroke was what eventually ended his life.
He is preceded in death by his father, Rudolph, his mother Edna, his Sister Janis, and wife Judy. I am sure he is with them all, but he’s the one driving. He is survived by his children, Ronda, Jodi, and Robin, his grandchildren, Jessika, Tanner, Codi and Lane, his sisters LaVonne, Sandra and Laurel, brothers-in-law, Petter and Les, as well as many nieces and nephews. He will be remembered with love and respect by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Dakan Funeral Chapel, 504 South Kimball Ave, Caldwell. Family will be receiving friends and a viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Condolences may be shared and full obituary may be read at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com