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Ronald P. Nelson Obituary


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Ronald P. Nelson, age 74, of 541 W. Locust St., passed away at 1:45 a.m., Friday, September 11, 2009, at The Finley Hospital, of natural causes.

Funeral services will be on Monday at Behr's Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m.

Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion Dubuque Post #6.

Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday at Behr's Funeral Home.

Ronald was born on January 27, 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Bernard and Irene (Carpenter) Nelson.

Ronald attended school in Asbury, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served from 1952 until 1958 spending time in Germany and Korea. He spent 7 years in the military, and as a drill sergeant he put 3 groups through boot camp. He received a purple heart for wounds received in Korea. After leaving the service he went to work driving truck for Guinta Brothers and Capital Tobacco. He later went to work at Dubuque John Deere Works retiring in 1988 after 33 years. He married Kathaleen "Kay" Manders on August 22, 1959, in Dubuque. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, playing pool, going to The Dog Track and Diamond Jo, and was an avid Euchre player. He loved to sing and had a fantastic voice, actually recording some songs. He was affectionately known as "Doc" because of his mechanical skills for working on cars. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR, the Hawkeyes, and the NY Yankees.

Survivors: His Wife of 50 years: Kathaleen "Kay" Nelson of Dubuque
2 Sons: Patrick (Terri) Nelson, Dubuque, IA
R. Ken (Lori) Nelson, Dubuque, IA
2 Daughters: Peggy (Jeff) Hansen, Maquoketa, IA
Rita (Doug) Kandel, Lake Forest, CA
12 Grandchildren; 14 Great-grandchildren
4 Sisters: Vivian Streets, Clinton, IA
Georgine "Lolly" Butlett, Dubuque
Hilma (Carl) Sargeant, Apache Junction, AZ
Elizabeth (Rick) Zebarth, Avoca, WI
1 Brother: Richard (Neva) Nelson, Auburn, WA
and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 Brothers, Bernard, Robert, Willard; 4 Sisters, Betty, Ilene, Rosemary and Sandy