Ronald Russell Winberg passed away at Clearwater Health and Rehab in Orofino on Feb. 5, 2018 at the age of 77.
Ron was the son of the late Russell and Marcella (Correl) Winberg. Ron loved being a cowboy and living the cowboy life. He was happiest when he was horseback or able to help someone with a troubled horse. He had a natural instinct when it came to working with horses. After meeting and hosting several Ray Hunt clinics, that definitely became his model for the proper techniques of horse training. Helping high school rodeo kids and taking them to State finals was something else he thoroughly enjoyed.
Ron was born in Sargent, N.E. He was a United States Marine and served his country in the Vietnam War. Ron came to central Idaho with his job as a ranch hand where he met and married Donna (Baker). They were later divorced. They had two children, Ronda and Donny.
Ron’s whole life was spent with horses in one aspect or another. He ran cattle and ranched most of his life but also took pride in buying and raising horses. He had the opportunity to be a partner on a couple of race horses which he enjoyed watching, as well as a Doc’s Prescription colt that competed in the National Cutting Horse Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. Rodeo was another sport that he loved and as the kids grew this became a family sport. The past several years Ron had spent his winters in Arizona with family and friends where he could be warm and enjoy time on the lakes fishing.
Ron is survived by his two children, Ronda Edwards and husband Dallas, Donny Winberg and wife Heidi, his five grandchildren Hannah (Winberg) and husband Craig Heistuman, Sawyer Winberg, Ty Yates, Dylan Yates, and Shada Edwards, one brother Bob Winberg and wife Ann, two sisters Dorothy Mandeville and husband Albert, and Pat Gottschalk, nieces and nephews, and the rest of his family and friends.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Marcella Winberg, as well as his brother Larry “Tuff” Winberg and wife June, and his sister Pat’s husband Dan Gottschalk.
There will be a celebration of life planned for this summer.