Ronald E. Nelson

March 8, 1935-January 12, 2020

Ronald E. Nelson, 84, of Columbus, died Sunday, Jan.12, 2020, at Columbus Community Hospital.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Columbus, with the Rev. Adam Lassen officiating. Interment, with military honors by the American Legion Swanson Post 322 Honor Guard, will be in Gruetli Cemetery, rural Monroe. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Gass Haney Funeral Home, and will continue from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. There will be a family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday at the church. Memorials are suggested to St. Luke's United Church of Christ or those of the family choice.

Ronald Nelson was born on March 8, 1935, in Platte County, to Clarence and Anna (Christensen) Nelson. He attended Platte County Grade School. Ron entered the United States Army on Oct. 26, 1955, being stationed in Alaska, and was honorably discharged on Aug. 14, 1957. On April 15, 1959, Ron was united in marriage to Marian Blaser at St. Luke's United Church of Christ. The couple lived for a short time south of Lindsay before moving to their current home south of Monroe, where they farmed for many years.

Ron greatly enjoyed playing the button accordion. He started playing at 15 and this became one of his great passions. Ron also loved the farm, spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and meeting his buddies for coffee. He was a member of the American Legion Swanson Post 322 of Monroe.

Ron is survived by wife, Marian Nelson of Monroe; son, Randy (Sandy) Nelson of Monroe; daughter, Brenda (Bill) Schaad of Columbus; grandchildren: Shelly (Sean) Parker of McCool Junction, Amanda (Craig) Sindelar of St. Edward, Jesse (Stephanie) Nelson of Plattsmouth, Wade, Amber and Kiley Schaad of Columbus; great-grandchildren: Aiden, Lily, Kalvin, Emma and Treyson (future great-grandson on the way); brother, Leland (Erma) Nelson of Genoa.

Ron was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Anna Nelson; daughter, Tami Nelson; sister, Arlene Stahl

Condolences may be sent to www.gasshaney.com.

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