Ronald Webster Going

Ronald Webster Going Ronald Webster Going, of Hawthorne, Nev., passed away on Feb. 27, with his family and friends at his side after a short battle with cancer.

Ron was born in Oakdale, La., on Oct. 2, 1946, to Robert Webster Going and Rebecca Lee Going. His family traveled all over the western United States with his dad’s work but they eventually settled in Nevada in 1961. He claimed that the moving never bothered him, but for some reason, later in life, he became extremely reluctant to leave home.

Ron graduated from Mineral County High School in 1964 and the University of Nevada with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1971. After college Ron worked in Santa Cruz, but gave it all up to come back to Hawthorne where he worked until 1979 when he moved to Ridgecrest.

He worked at the Naval Weapons Center and the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division for many years, using his exceptional technical and leadership skills and developing many lasting friendships along the way. Ron retired from government service in 2004. He returned to Hawthorne as director of munitions and logistics for the Hawthorne Army Ammunitions Depot.

Ron is survived by his loving wife Helen Going; daughters Rebecca Curtis, Sara Going and Alex, Emma and Penny Crowe; granddaughters, Elisabeth and Madison Curtis; mother, Rebecca Going; brother, Robert “Butch” Going; and many extended family members who loved him greatly. His father Robert Webster Going predeceased Ron on Dec. 4, 2005.

Ron loved outdoor activities all of his life. He raced at the track in Hawthorne in his big block Chevy, with his brother Butch as mechanic. He loved motorcycles and raced Enduro for many years in the desert around Ridgecrest. He loved to ski and taught many friends and children, gently and, patiently, the fine art of falling downhill. Golf, however, was his true sporting love. He was a “golf tragic.” He collected videos, books, gadgets and courses in the quest for that perfect swing. Sometimes he thought he had it but mostly he was, like most golfers, always striving.

Ron was a man of few words, but when he spoke, people listened. He was a born leader and mentor who was always reliable, a wealth of knowledge and very caring. He didn’t always tell people what they wanted to hear, but he was usually right. He loved tradition, and our family has created many, one being his catch-cry that is now our family toast: “Do Safety.” He had amazing technical skills and could fix just about anything.

At the end of a long day he loved his Newcastle Beer while enjoying a quick catnap in front of the TV. Above all, he loved his family and he loved to take care of us. His daughters were the joy of his life and he was immensely proud of them. Ron will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Men of his quality are few and far between.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate your donation to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, 5526 West 13400 South, #510, Salt Lake City, UT 84096. Submitted by the family of Ron Going

Story First Published: 2013-03-27