Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Ronald R. Hamel

| January 10, 2023 7:00 AM

Ronald R. Hamel passed away on Dec. 19, 2022, after a valiant fight with cancer at his home in Troy, Montana.

He was born to Adlard and Auroa Hamel in Libby, Montana, on Feb. 3, 1945.

Ron worked for St. Regis and Champion International in the Libby sawmill for 30 years before starting with the BNSF Railway for the last 14 years of his career.

On Aug. 21, 1971, he married Rita Tyler of Noxon, Montana. They had a son, Lance and a daughter, Draya.

Ron loved his family, extended camping trips at Spar Lake, and the Koocanusa Marina. He loved being in the woods whenever possible, hiking and hunting as much as he could with his son, and fishing with his daughter and dogs whenever there was an opportunity.

Ron is survived by his wife Rita; son Lance (Teresa Johnston) of Libby, Montana; and daughter Draya (Paul Garcia) of Billings, Montana.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Armand and sister Yvonne.

We loved Ron very much and he will forever be missed. Graveside services will be held at Milnor Lake Cemetery at a later date.

Services are under the care of Schnackenberg Funeral Home of Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared by visiting