Ronald J. Nelson - Oct. 9, 1952 - July 8, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ronald J. Nelson, age 56, of Sac City, passed away suddenly at his home on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 12, 2009, at the United Methodist Church in Sac City with Pastor Vicki Fisher officiating. The Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m., Saturday, at the Farber & Otteman Funeral Home in Sac City.

Ron was born on Oct. 9, 1952, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge, the son of Lloyd and Ruby (Danielson) Nelson. He was baptized and confirmed at the Faith Lutheran Church in Harcourt, and recently was attending United Methodist Church in Sac City.

Following his graduation from Central Webster High School in 1970, he attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, living and working at Gunther Funeral Home during his studies. He completed his Mortuary Science degree in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began his life's work at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, working for Arlin Otteman when he was just 21 years old. Ron retired on June 30, 2008, to pursue his dreams of traveling with LaRue.

Ron was a special man with a kind and compassionate soul. In his many years of service at Farber & Otteman Funeral Home, he comforted and guided families through their time of loss, showing great dignity and compassion for others. Ron served on the board of the Loring Hospital Family Hospice & Bereavement Support program since its inception. He was a former member of the Sac City Chamber and Ambassadors, a member of Kiwanis, the Sac City Historical Museum where he served as a board member, Sac City Arts Council member, and member of the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.

He loved to plan weekend outings with LaRue, traveling north to the cities or visiting Des Moines, always taking in the sites along the way and looking for new places for fine dining. He loved to tell of his travels overseas, in earlier years, and collect antiques of all kinds, especially Sac City memorabilia, which he donated to the Museum. He enjoyed shopping, especially on E-Bay, completing his collection of Franciscan Apple China for his new home, and shopping with LaRue on her quest for new quilt materials.

Survivors include the love of his life, LaRue Schade of Sac City; his brother Kevin (Jacque) Nelson of Urbandale; sister Lynelle (John) Munn of Overland Park, Kan., and foster sister, Marilou (Mark) Cheple of St. Paul, Minn.; nephews and nieces: Nick, Eric and Katie Munn; and Stefanie (Aaron) Curry and Brooke Nelson; along with his kids and grandchildren (as he fondly called LaRue's children and grandchildren) Debbi (Mark) Williams of Storm Lake, Kurt (Jana Finnegan) Schade of Clive, and Kollin (Janice) Schade of Duluth, Minn., and their families: Simon (Rachel) Williams and Sydni Williams, Eric, Drew and Dylan Schade, and Zach and Jeff Schade; extended family members; beloved friends and colleagues.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister Barbara.