Kevin Randall Templer Sr.

Born: Mon., Jan. 17, 1955
Died: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Thu., Jan. 23, 2020
Location: Ronan Community Center


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Kevin Randal Templer Sr. was born January 17th 1955 to Edward and Delores Templer in Billings Montana.  He returned to his Heavenly Father on January 15th 2020 at the age of 64. He was the 4th child of nine. Ron, Coleen, Richard, Kevin, Brian, Lee, MaryJane, Cindy and Robert.  He is survived by all of his siblings, his Wife Arlene Fuqua Templer, Two Sons, Kevin Randal Templer Jr. and William Edward Templer, along with two daughter-in-law’s, Victoria and Melissa.  He was blessed with 7 grandchildren:  Zjani, Jason, Fortino, Sarah, Golden, Gracie, and Mason and two great-grandchildren: Lilith and Raphael.  He was also called Grandpa by Shakira and G.j. Burrafato, and was Godfather to Renee Pierre.  Kevin is preceded in death by his mother Delores and father Edward.

Kevin graduated from Polson High School in 1973. He joined the Navy right out of high school and was part of the evacuation of Saigon.   After the military he returned home where he fell in love with Arlene Fuqua in 1975 and 3 years later on July 29th 1978 they were married.  They moved to Missoula while Kevin attended a Vocational school for Diesel mechanics, and then moved to Casper Wy, with their 4 month old son Kevin Jr.  Two years into their time there, it was necessary to return home to help his father-in-law, William (Arkie) who had been diagnosed with cancer.  Living in the North Crow, at the Templer Cabin, they welcomed their second son William (Billy) and stayed there until a house fire on Dec 28th and had to leave.  After a few years living in Missoula while Arlene was going to school they were able to purchase their first home here in Ronan. Living there for 10 years, it was now time to expand and buy the log home on Hummingbird Lane. This would be his home from 1992 until 2017 when he then moved into the house Billy built on the same 40 acres. 

Kevin worked for the City of Ronan from 1982 till his retirement as the public works director in 2012. He also served on the Ronan Fire Dept for over 20 years becoming Captain and even turning down the role as Chief on a few occasions. As if he wasn’t busy enough with a full-time job, volunteering for the fire dept, raising not only his 2 sons, along with several other children who wandered onto his baseball field. He also worked on the Pioneer day’s committee for over 25 years. After retirement he dove into his love of gardening, where he generously gave the fruits of his labors to all of his friends and family. He loved to be in the dirt, and was blessed with a green thumb that could grow anything.

Sports were his passion, maybe even obsession.  He coached baseball for over 15 years. Played softball for many years and was the key figure in facilitating the building of not only the baseball fields in town but also the softball fields by the lagoon. He was a faithful fan of the Pittsburg Steelers, Notre Dame, Pittsburg Pirates, and the Pittsburg Penguins.  Even though he was a devout Catholic, Sundays were devoted to football.  

Kevin was loved by all who knew him. He worked hard all of his life, even into retirement.  He was kind, loving, patient, generous, and always cracked jokes right up to the last day.  Our family and this community lost one of the great ones.  He will be extremely missed. 

            A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ronan Community Center.

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Dick Culver
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
To all the Templer family, my sincere condolences, RIP.

Dick Culver

Candy Baszler Gohl
   Posted Fri January 17, 2020
My sincere condolences to Kevin's family! I went to school with Kevin and graduated from high school with him. I remember him as always an easy-going guy with a heart of gold! May the good Lord wrap his loving arms around all y'all and give you comfort & peace during this difficult time and always!

Deb Weivoda
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
Dear Arlene and family, Kevin and I grew up one block from each other from kindergarten to graduation. It's amazing how we know someone in our youth, go on to diverse life events and yet hold dear those old familiar memories of banana bikes, snow forts and sledding down Ducharme park onto highway 93. Amazing we survived! Kevin will ways be remembered as one of us 4th Ave. kids. Love and hugs to his Templer siblings too.

Harlen Gerdes
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
So sorry for this great loss, Kevin was an awesome person and it shows through his family my heart goes out to each of you. Your in my thoughts and prayers!

Sue McAlpin Jackson
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
So sorry to hear about Kevin. He was such a nice guy. Heart felt sympathy to all of his family!

Nikki LaRance (Cook)
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
My heart goes out to all of you.❤ Keep you all in my thoughts and payers during this difficult time.

Jeanie Emerson
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
My heart pours out to his family. Thoughts and prayers to all....

Lisa Weber
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
I have fond memories of Kevin from the time he played baseball when my dad was coaching. He was a thoroughly nice guy.

Charles and Colleen Templer
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
We are very sorry to learn of Kevin's passing and offer our condolences to the family. Our prayers will be with you during this time.

Sarah Buckman
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
My condolences bro the Templer family. Such an amazing family. RIP Kevin, fly high! ❤

Joyce Barbour
   Posted Tue January 21, 2020
Our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Arlene, her children, grandchildren and all who love Kevin.
Joyce A Barbour, Megan Couch and Kristi Kanta

Dan Tromp
   Posted Tue January 21, 2020
Arlene and family. I am very sorry for the passing of Kevin, he was a good man. We are praying for you guys.

Jeannine Padilla
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to you and your family. Kevin had such a good nature and sincere kindness that welcomed you. He knew how to coach. He was a good man. Good memories. Pray comfort and peace in the midst of your grief. God Bless their family.

Jacque Morganson
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020
My sincerest condolences go out to Kevin’s family. What a beautiful soul he was. It has been such a long time since I last saw him, but I will always remember what a kind and loving soul he was. I know he is in heaven with our Lord who is showing him his new mansion! Kevin was a wonderful uncle and undoubtedly a wonderful father, brother, and friend to countless others. My prayers of comfort go out to his family.

Jay Kobilansky
   Posted Wed January 22, 2020
Such a great man. I'll never forget the time you made me laugh the day I needed it the most. Levin and I both know what day that was. Thank you Kevin RIP my friend.

Susan Clark Moran
   Posted Sun January 26, 2020
To all Kevin's family....

I read online about Kevin's passing and want to add my sincere condolences for your loss. Kevin must have been admired by many for all his good works! I haven't seen him since he was a young boy....my family of Clarks were great friends of the Templer family many years ago. Blessings to you all!

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