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Ron Thistlethwaite

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Mr. Ron Thistlethwaite.
Rodeo cowboy. Hockey hero. Fishing and hunting extraordinaire. The best teacher, whisky drinker, deep thinker and most loyal friend. A hardworking farmer, an adventurous traveler, a loving father and husband, a supportive uncle and brother and the best grandpa and great grandpa that we could have asked for!
Born June 2, 1940, Ron passed away on December 20, 2021 at the age of 81. Although Ron lived his entire life in Stewart Valley, the world was his oyster. Ron was passionate about baseball and hockey, first excelling as an athlete and then passing on his knowledge through coaching teams in both sports, to finally being a fan and attending many of the Blue Jays training camps and games. He married Vicki-Lee Hunter June 8, 1963. She thought she was marrying a farmer but was soon introduced to the cowboy he really was. He won many rodeos in his events of calf roping and steer wrestling, collecting many buckles and winning the High Point Champion Trophy Saddle in
Beechy Sk. They rodeoed for many years making lifelong friendships along the way. Ron and Vicki farmed together until 2020, and also drove the high school bus from Stewart Valley to Swift Current for 24 years. They built an international outfitting business reaching
from Stewart Valley Saskatchewan to Venezuela and Cuba spanning more than 25 years. He's shown us all how to live fully, love deeply, and work hard every day. The impact of Ron's life is measured by the love he had for his family, the number of people that call him friend, and the lives of people he touched. The enclosed poem written by one of his granddaughters, Jordan Shaigec (Korol),  expresses the love of his family.

The Cowboy
With a smile on his face
And a dog by his side
The Cowboy went out
Seeking a long ride
Through fields of gold he journeyed
And down rivers of wild
He was a friend to every man
And a hero to every child
His strong hands never rested
Raising crops and children too
His ride was no longer lonesome
And his sky was always blue
Though time made his hands grow weary
And he rode not as fast
Green eyes forever sparkled
And love and laughter always cast
Now The Cowboy has taken his final ride
Yet is it not the sunset for which he yearns
He is thinking of his home
To which he will always return
We'll miss you so much but we are so thankful for all you have  taught us throughout our lives. 
You've made us feel so loved.

Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Vicki-Lee (Hunter; Daughter, Jackie Maffenbeier, (Randy) grandchildren RJ Larochelle, Danielle Armstrong (BJ), great grandchildren, Blakely and
Beck, and Austin Larochelle (Jordan); Son, Norm Thistlethwaite; Daughter, Ronalee Korol (Kevin), grandchildren, Jordan Shaigec (Brett), Molly and Brynn; Son JD Thistlethwaite (Mark), and
grandchild, Elly; Ron's sisters Doreen Girling and Sally Ann Thistlethwaite; Sister in law, Noreen Klassen (Jim). Ron is also survived by many nieces and nephews of whom each cherish
wonderful and special individual memories. Ron was predeceased by parents Dorothy and Lloyd Thistlethwaite, in-laws Norman and Irene
Hunter, and brother in law Dick Girling. A private family burial was held December 29th. 2021. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. For further information please call 1-306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy to family members on the tribute wall.

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