Ronald Dale Sonju

Ronald Dale Sonju, 65, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 2, 2019, at Marias Medical Center. At Ron’s request, there will be no services.

Ron was born Oct. 23, 1954, to Norman and Irene (Loomis) Sonju, in Conrad.  Ron grew up and attended school in Shelby. He married the love of his life, Diana Sargent, on July 3, 1992. Together they were blessed with and raised two sons, Jeff and Ron.

Early on, Ron worked in the oilfield and was a carpenter in his own right. He was a perfectionist with any job he did. Ron was known for his drywalling and being a hard worker. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and was a talented artist. 

Ron lost his knee on Oct. 27, 1996, while doing what he loved, hunting. This did not stop him from the outdoors. Even though it was a struggle, he still managed to hunt and fish. Ron did miss hunting for elk up at Alice Creek.

Ron’s hobbies were carving wood, ivory and soft stone, and making something beautiful. He enjoyed looking for buffalo skulls and antlers on the riverbanks. He loved fixing anything and spending time with his family and was a doting father and uncle.

Survivors include his wife; sons, Jeff and Ron of Shelby; brother, Randy of Reno, Nev.; nieces and nephews, Nicole (Troy) Tobias, Kelli and Jon; five great-nieces; two great-nephews; mother-in-law, Dorothy Sargent; in-laws, Joe and Lucia Sargent; brothers and sisters-in-law, Paula, Joe (Ali) Jim (JoLynn), Laura (Michael), and Amanda (Ryan); and two nieces, cousins and many friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Rodney.

Condolences can be made to Ron’s memorial page at