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Stanley Ring

Stanley RingForestry Pioneer

Stanley Ring was born in Missoula, MT on September 18, 1924. He was raised on ranches in the Helmville, MT area; graduating from Powell County High School in Deer Lodge in 1942. Stanley moved to Missoula shortly after graduation and began an apprenticeship in auto mechanics.  In the 1950’s he opened Ring’s Auto Repair which he operated until 1969 when he went to work as a mechanic and equipment development shop foreman for the State of Montana Forestry Division.

Stanley was employed as an experimental equipment development specialist in Missoula, responsible for maintaining the Forestry Division’s fleet of vehicles and equipment. His primary task was to convert excess military property acquired by the Forestry Division for use in fire fighting and forest management. He was an innovator that knew how to fabricate, repair, and reuse equipment used in rough field conditions.

Stanley was instrumental in the operation of the excess equipment program.  He made frequent trips to military bases in the area including Malmstrom AFB in Great Falls; Ft Lewis, WA; Mt. Home, ID; and Hill AFB, Utah to screen and pick up excess military equipment for use in the Montana State Forestry fire fighting and forest management programs. He designed and constructed many wild land fire engines used throughout the State of Montana. Stanley saved the State Forestry Division thousands of dollars in equipment costs over his years of employment.

Stanley retired in 1989 after 20 years of service. He passed away of natural causes December 19, 2010.

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