In Loving Memory of
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Chapel of Tompkins Funeral Home
Monday, October 11, 2021
Ronald was born in Spalding Hospital to John August (Buster) and Beatrice (Dzikowicz) Hughes and attended Echo Park School. His first job was working for H.R. Knudsen at the age of 14 working on his farm. He remembered fencing by headlights in the evening after field work. In the winter months he continued to work for Knudsens in Cumberland House at the sawmill.
At a young age, Ron worked with his best friend, Carl Carlson, on the rigs, and with his uncle, Harold (Iky) Hughes in B.C., piling lumber into boxcars. It was while in Alberta he discovered his love for working on heavy equipment. It then became his trade and Ron enjoyed several jobs; working on CATs became his favourite.
As part of his trade, Ron worked in the Arctic; on the Gardiner Dam with John Doselman; the Nipawin Dam; in Northern Manitoba on diamond drills; also off the Cypris Islands with Gordon Paulson of Rose Valley. As times changed, he got a job at Key Lake in the uranium mines where he stayed for 111/2 years. At this time he lived in Prince Albert, working one week in and one week out. When he left Key Lake, he and Carl logged in the Tobin Lake area for over a year. Construction called him back and he then ended up helping to build the rail bed into the new Parrish and Heimbecker elevator near Quill Lake.
It was at this time he met a young widow, Bev Dyok, and her two sons, Jody and James. In August 1999, they decided to join their households. In 2005, Bev and Ron moved off her acreage and into Wadena where Bev was working. In 2013, they ventured into the bed and breakfast business. They purchased and renovated a two-storey, six-bedroom older home.
It was a good move until Covid-19 hit in March 2019 and business slowed to crawl. But they remained in business and hoped for renewed business as the country opens again. In September 2021, they sold the bed and breakfast and purchased a smaller home in Wadena.
Ron’s last working job was helping Wayne and Sandra Krzak farm. He had worked in many places, saw lots of country, and worked year-round under many different conditions.
As of 2021, Ron and Bev’s family had expanded to include her two sons, two daughters-in-law and five grandchildren, who will all dearly miss “Grandpa.”
Ron was predeceased by his father John (Buster) in 1969; mother Hedwig (Beatrice) Dzikowicz, 2008; sister Emily (Hughes) Wheeler, 2004; niece Janet Wheeler, 2007; and sister- and brother-in-law Amy and Mel Molle.
He is lovingly remembered by partner Beverly A. Dyok; stepsons, Jody Dyok (Jodi Depape), Lexi, Lila and Laci, and James (Jamie) Dyok, Preston and Megan; niece Sharon (Arryl) Quaal, Shauna (Lee) Etsell, Kailey and Tyson, Taylor and Meagan; Sheridan Petersen and Mercedes; brother-in-law Gordon Wheeler; sister-in-law Frances Weisgerber, plus all of Bev’s extended family.