Ronald D. Ozment was born to Dillon and Pearl (Kindberg) Ozment on Dec. 14, 1938, in Cathlamet, and died Jan. 7, 2018, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Ron and his brother, Russ conducted a lifelong dairy operation partnership in the Elochoman Valley, inherited from their parents. Their milking herd was sold in 1997 and they retired from managing the farm in 2004.
Ron was elected and served three terms as Wahkiakum County commissioner and was appointed by the Washington State governor to two terms on the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Commission, serving as chairman the final two years.
Ron was devoted to his family, his farm and his community. Ron had a joke or story for every occasion and all who knew him loved him for his sense of humor.
He was predeceased by his parents, Dillon and Pearl; and his beloved sister-in-law, Dianne Ozment.
Ron is survived by his wife, Anne Ozment of Idaho Falls; his brother, Russ Ozment of Cathlamet; three stepchildren, Jay Nesmith of Vernonia, Ore., Joel Williams (Sarah) of Spokane, and Beth Thayne (Tim) of Rexburg, Idaho; 13 stepgrandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two nephews, Les Ozment of Kalama, and David Ozment (Gary Truelove) of Olympia.
At Ron’s request, his body is being donated to Idaho State University, following which his ashes will be returned to his farm.
A memorial service will be planned later in Cathlamet.
Arrangements are by Downard Funeral Home, Pocatello, Idaho.