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Ronald James 'Moods' Moody, 67

Ronald James 'Moods' Moody, 67

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Ronald Moody

Ronald Moody

Jan. 12, 1953-May 20, 2020

Ronald James “Moods” Moody passed away at home Wednesday May 20, at the age of 67.

Ron was born January 12, 1953, in Butte, Montana, to Harold and Clara Moody. Ron was forever a Butte kid and despite many adventures always returned home to Montana.

In 1976, Ron acquired a degree in elementary education focused in special education from MSU Billings, and went on to teach until 1993. Teaching allowed Ron to relish summertime as an avid outdoorsman and exceptional angler. If you knew Ron you knew, if he wasn’t telling jokes at a local watering hole, he was off floating the Big Hole.

Ron was an ardent language enthusiast. His passion for wordsmithing resulted in a world record amount of completed crossword puzzles, a poem on every notepad, postcard, and napkin, and a self-published series of poems. “If Ya Would” heartily showed his hometown pride with the front-page poem, Butte:

Shadows haunt the mines on the hill

Where men have lived and died

Beneath the ground, the days’ reward

The hours of work his pride


The winds now toil the caverns below

A mile or so of hell

Hard Rockers know, the tales of woe

As the richest mountain fell

Nature reaped beyond recourse

On the Butte, west of the Divide

Stolen gone her minerals

But ever lived her pride


Cuz on and on she’ll stay as tho’

The treasures still remain

In the hearts and souls of those

Who cherish her the same


For life is more than riches

Piled on some hill

Rewards are those found at home

And most likely always will

Ron is survived by his children, Patrick Moody of Mountain View California, Shannon Moody Rausch (Mitchell) of Bozeman, Montana; brother, Ralph Moody (Patti) of Great Falls, Montana; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and chosen family.

A celebration of life will be held privately at Ron’s request with a float down the Big Hole River. Donations can be made to Saint Jude Children’s Hospital.

Please visit to offer the family a condolence or to share a memory of Ron. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Ron and his family.

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