Ronald Edward Nelson “Uncle Ron” of Pequot Lakes passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Ron was born May 13, 1946 to Walter Edward Nelson and Beth Eda (Perkins) Nelson in Minneapolis, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jacquelyn “Jackie” (Conard) Nelson; sister, Bonnie (Gene) Nelsen; and brother, Tom Nelson.
Ron proudly served 20 years in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Japan, deployed to Vietnam and stationed in San Francisco. After retiring from Naval service, Ron worked in sales, customer service and eventually had his own business repairing fishing reels and crafting fishing rods. His greatest accomplishment and proudest achievement was teaching his Godson, Eli Olsson, the craft of woodworking. Ron also loved to fish.
Ron is also survived by nieces, Sue (Gus) Pantelis and Cindy (Michael) Salyards; nephews, Chad and Ryan Nelson; sister-in-law, Joanne (Conard) Sawamura; grand-nephews: Terran (Amy) Pantelis, Steven (Alli) Pantelis, Roman Pantelis; grand-nieces: Victoria Pantelis, Lily Salyards, Ellison Salyards; great grand-nephews, Ian Rainier Pantelis and Elias Andrew Pantelis; Godchildren: Madison Galligan, Eli Olsson, Elias Pantelis; and best friend, Erik Olsson.
Private services will be held.
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