Ronald Chester Nelson, of Thayne, Wyoming, passed away on January 10, 2022. Ron was born in Holt, Minnesota on June 25, 1940, to Chester and Clara Nelson. After graduating Newfolden High School, Ron left Minnesota and joined the Air Force in Wichita, Kansas, with moves to Plattsburgh, New York and finally to Atwater, California, he was part of the Strategic Air Command.
He later moved with his first wife, Lenora (Rudlaff) Cuthbert, and 3 children to southwest Michigan after leaving the Air Force and worked for Heath Company/Zenith Data Systems/Group Bull in the engineering group as Engineering Director. Ron met Fran Skalski while both were at Heath Company and married in 1980. He then worked and later retired from Advanced Products as Manufacturing Director in 1997.
Ron never really retired, he and Fran owned a 45-acre farm in Eau Claire, Michigan where they raised over 250 Jacob sheep, llamas, sled dogs, and made lots of wine. He and Fran were active in dog sled races in Michigan from 1994 to when they moved to Thayne, Wyoming to enjoy the mountains and wide-open spaces. Ron was always busy and working on DIY projects. He was an avid wood worker. He could talk about any topic (plumbing, electrical, automotive, construction) and enjoyed helping friends and neighbors. He made a lot of friends through his life.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Evelyn (Otto) Anderson, Doris (Avery) Lee, and brother-in-law Bill Helm.
Ron is survived by his wife, Francesca (Skalski) Nelson of Thayne, WY, a sister Betty Helm, of Karlstad, MN, and 3 children, Robert (Mara) Nelson of Collierville, TN, Laura (Steve) Sager of DePere, WI, and Mark Nelson of Valencia, PA. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who will all miss him terribly.
A celebration of life will be held at the Schwab chapel in Thayne, Wy on January 24, 2022, at 11:00. A light lunch will be served at noon and burial with military honors will take place at 2:00 at the Thayne Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Ron’s name to Lucky’s Place no-kill shelter in Thayne.
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