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Ronald Arthur Nelson, 58

Ronald Arthur Nelson, 58, of River Falls, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, at his home.

He was born to Glenn and Mabel Nelson on June 13, 1955, in Red Wing, Minn. He grew up in River Falls and graduated from River Falls High School in 1973. He was an All State and All Conference Football player in high school. He attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. At age 21, he married and shortly thereafter was divorced.

When he was 32 years old, he married Linda Schoenthaler on Aug. 22, 1987. They were blessed with two children, Timothy and Jeremy. Ron and Linda raised their family in Oakdale, Minn. Ron and Linda moved to River Falls in 2011. Ron's primary employments were for Schwan's as a delivery salesperson and American Spirit Graphics as a printer. He enjoyed many family vacations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Florida, Wyoming, Colorado, Canada, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Arizona, and Ohio. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching football games, and spending time at Yellow Lake in Wisconsin.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn and Mabel; sisters, Marilyn and Charlene; brother-in-law Gerald Kielas; and nephew, Brian Rohl.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; sons, Timothy and Jeremy; sister Karen Kielas; brothers-in-law, Leo (Butch) Rohl and Lyle (Carrie) Schoenthaler; sisters-in-law, Deborah, and Diane Schoenthaler; nephew, Joshua (Sally) Hauge; nieces, Sandra Rohl and Stacy (Justin) Bystrom; mother-in-law, Janet Schoenthaler; many other relatives and friends.

A memorial gathering for family and friends was held Sunday, Dec. 8, from 2-6 p.m. with a brief service at 2:30 p.m. at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.