Ronald E. Paden

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Funeral services and celebration of the life of Ron Paden, 89 year old Buffalo resident who passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday, will be held Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo, Wyoming. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 1:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Ron’s memory may be made to the Suzie Bowling Lawrence Hospice in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at
Ronald Edwin Paden was born on June 29, 1927 in Midwest, Wyoming to James and Clara Paden. He attended school in Midwest and graduated from Midwest High School in 1945. Ron joined the Navy in April of 1945 serving his time in the South Pacific during WWII. Following an honorable discharge in the fall of 1946, he returned to work for Standard Oil and Gas which later became Amoco. He started dating his long-time friend Rita F. Ackerman and they were married in Casper on Nov. 27, 1947 and made their home in Midwest until they transferred to Moorcroft with Amoco Production in 1966. In 1973 he resigned and bought a Welding & Radiator Shop. In 1974 he went to work for Tri County Electric as a heavy equipment operator. They retired in 1989 and moved to Buffalo. Rita passed away in 2004 and Ron continued living in Buffalo until his death. He was a lifetime member of the V.F.W., was past Post Commander in Midwest and Post District #3 Commander. He was also a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed woodworking, welding, camping, fishing and bird watching. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by two sons, David Paden of Denver, Colorado and James Paden of Moorcroft; six grandchildren; Sean, Don, Nick, Dama, Chad and Kurtis and eight great-grandchildren; Josh, Nielle, Jonathan, Katelyn, Hunter, Olivia, Sydney and Paisley and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rita of 57 years and four son’s; Daniel (28 years old) and three infants; Donald (David’s twin), John and Kenneth, two sisters; Betty Ciohon and Jean Camblin and his parents.