Curt Allan Ronning and Christine Marie DeBuff

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Curt Allan Ronning, 58, and Christine Marie DeBuff, 49, both of Ryegate, Montana, died in their home from an explosion the evening of March 5, 2021.

Curt was born in Miles City on March 27, 1962 to Pete and Lucille Ronning. Curt graduated from Custer County High School in 1981. As a young adult, Curt worked as a bartender/ bouncer and drove truck for the Billings Gazzette. Curt worked for the Department of Corrections, and bartended at the Rooster Bar for many years. He was blessed with three boys Beau, Drew and Ryan. He loved Harley motorcycles, NASCAR, and cooking.

Christie was born in Billings on Nov. 5, 1971, to Dan and Sandra DeBuff. She attended Shawmut Elementary School and graduated from Harlowton High School in 1990. She attended Carroll College in Helena and graduated in 1994. She worked for Williams Plumbing and Heating in Bozeman, DebCon in Lewistown, and did some contract auditing in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christie’s constant companion through her early adult life was her beloved cat, Murray. Then Curt came into Christie’s life and they began a long distant relationship.

Curt and Christie were married on July 29, 2017 on a little corner of a wheat field on the family farm north of Shawmut. They lived for a short time at Curt’s house in Shepherd. After Curt’s retirement, they moved to Ryegate, purchased the Ryegate Bar and Café, and quickly came to love their life in Ryegate. Their passing has left a huge hole in many hearts.

Curt is survived by his mother, Lucille, of Miles City, sister Jan Ronning of Miles City, Bill (Donna) Ronning of Miles City; sons Beau Niles of Billings, Drew Grenz of Billings, Ryan Ronning of Billings; grandchildren: Adrian and Ceilia Grenz and nieces and nephews Jennifer and Jacob Hilderman and Stacie Bellingham. He is predeceased by his father, Pete Ronning.

Christie is survived by her parents, Dan and Sandra DeBuff of Shawmut; sister Debbie DeBuff of Billings; brother Tom DeBuff of Hedgesville; and sister Cindy (Matt) McKamey of Cascade; nieces and nephews Daniel and Cherokee DeBuff, Carson, Jackson and Mattison McKamey and BreAnna Holmes.

Services will be held for Curt Ronning and Christie DeBuff Ronning on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 3 p.m. at the Ryegate Fire Hall. Curt’s family will be having a service for the two of them to be determined later. Memorials may be sent to the Ryegate Fire Hall, PO Box 237, Ryegate, MT 59074, the Ryegate Memorial Committee, PO Box 212, Ryegate, MT 59074, or the Ryegate Senior Center, PO Box 235, Ryegate, MT 59074.