The Lord better be ready for some hard rockin’ blues cause the head of the band “Schuster” is on
Ronald Lee Schuster, a noted area musician and guitar virtuoso was born March 29, 1949 in
Billings, Montana and passed away February 1, 2020 in Billings, Montana at the St. Vincent
Hospital at 4:20 am. Ron spent most of his life in Montana.
Ron had an infectious spirit and never failed to light up the room. He was a Jack-of-all-trades
and especially enjoyed being the manager of Budget Tapes and Records, working at St.
Vincent’s Hospital, and was an avid supporter of Yellowstone Public Radio. He was always
courtside watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, and continued that support through their
everyday life. His daughters and grandchildren loved hearing him reminisce on his travels in
Europe and working in the kitchen on the Empire Builder Train which ran from Billings to
Chicago. He also enjoyed skiing, jam sessions, and performing with his band members. Ron
fought a good fight against cancer for 20 years, but decided to perform on an even bigger stage.
Ron’s love for music was only secondary to the love of his family. After many years of
bachelorhood, Ronny married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Virginia “Ginny”
in August of 1999. With their marriage came four daughters that he treasured as his own.
Ron is preceded in death by his father, T.H. Schuster, mother, Lois (Russell) Morin, and
survived by his brother, Wayne Schuster, his wife, Virginia Schuster, his daughters; Katherine
(Eirik) Stout, Rebecca Schuster, Charlotte (Brad) Bernhart, Elisabeth Marshall, and the lights of
his life, his twelve grandchildren.
Ronald Lee Schuster will be dearly missed.
Ron’s celebration of life for family and friends will be held Wednesday, February 5th from
5:00-7:00 pm at The Last Chance Pub & Cider Mill 2203 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101.
There will be a musical tribute to be determined at a later time.