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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Ronald Nelson

Ronald Lynn "Ron" Nelson

Saturday, November 28th, 1953 - Tuesday, January 29th, 2019
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Ronald “Ron” Lynn Nelson, 65, a farmer, hog producer and avid hunter, passed away at his home on January 29, 2019 after a ten-year battle with metastatic prostate cancer.
Ron was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Lynnette (Young) and Donald Nelson on November 28, 1953. He graduated from Wakonda High School in 1972 and attended South Dakota State University for two years prior to returning home to farm with his family. On March 1, 1975, he married Cyndi Bartlett, and they moved to their farm near Wakonda where they lived for 43 years until August of 2018 when they moved to Centerville. Ron and Cyndi were blessed with their son Heath, their daughter Lindsay, and their son Kurt Nelson who died in infancy.
Ron was a people person and served the public for many years serving on several boards both locally and nationally. He spent his career farming with his Dad, brother Mike, and son Heath. Ron was known across the United States and overseas for his high quality Duroc hogs and his pork can currently be found in restaurants across the country. He enjoyed going to hog shows and would often travel several hundred miles with Heath to show and sell his hogs. He loved hunting and in 2005, Ron and Mike started Spring Creek Hunting and hosted pheasant hunters from all across the country. Ron took great pride in working with his Labrador retrievers during the hunt and enjoyed conversing and getting to know all of the hunters who hunted Spring Creek with Ron and Mike. His favorite part of the hunt was watching his dogs work, and his favorite part of the day was watching the pheasants return to the fields at dusk. He was a Packers fan and enjoyed golfing with his friend, Dick Sherman. He loved to camp with his friends and to travel with Cyndi in their mustang along with the “Fast and Easy Car Club.” His treasured morning routine started with watching Morning Joe and a daily phone call from Lindsay. His greatest joy was spending time with his two wild men, Grady and Lincoln and his queen, Quinn Lynnette. Ron was tough, overcoming illness as a child, animal diseases and building fires on the farm, and fought cancer with everything he had until the day he passed. Ron will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Ronald is survived by his wife Cyndi of Centerville; Mother, Lynette (Young) Nelson of Wakonda; his son Heath Nelson of Alcester, and daughter Lindsay (Brandon) Peterson of Centerville; three grandchildren, Grady, Lincoln and Quinn Peterson of Centerville; a brother Michael (Dixie) Nelson of Wakonda; mother-in-law JoAnn Bartlett of Yankton; brother-in-law Wayne (Teresa) Bartlett of Kaylor; sister-in-law Jan (Harley) VerMulm of Hudson; brother-in-law Roger (Vickie) Bartlett of Tyndall; sister-in-law Doris (Dave) Tompkins of Huron; and sister-in-law Patti (Andy) Diede of Scotland.
Ron was preceded in death by his father Donald Nelson, his father-in-law Dale Bartlett, and his infant son, Kurt.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 1st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 1st, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    A rosary will begin at 7:00pm followed by a scripture service.
  • Service

    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    Fr. Joe Forcelle
  • Reception

    Fr. McMahon Center
    206 Iowa Street
    WAKONDA, SD 57073
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Jeanne (Mellem) Hill

Posted at 12:57pm
I was catching up on reading the P & D and saw Ron's obituary. I just wanted to let you know how sorry I am to hear about his loss. The remembrance you wrote in the paper was beautiful. It sounds like you two had a happy life together. I wish I could have known him better. Cyndi, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I would love to get-together with you sometime.
Take care - Jeanne

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 11:19pm
My sympathy to you, Cindy. at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Lloyd Olson

Posted at 04:26pm
My sympathies to the family. I will miss him. Lloyd Olson

Ronnie Rice

Posted at 07:05pm
I first met Ron in Oct. 1998, my first time in South Dakota, second person that ever spoke to me at THE PIT. I was in Wakonda to pheasant hunt with my friends from Virginia. My friends knew lots of people in town, since it was my first time, I knew nobody. Within 30 minutes of arriving in town, I sat at the bar to order something to eat. Ginger, the first person that spoke to me , took my order, after giving me the options, steak or pork. I ordered steak and Ginger left. The guy sitting to my right, leaned in towards me and said: YOU should have ordered the pork. He said nothing else, just finished his beer while I ate my steak dinner. This was the second person to speak to me in a strange town, 1500 miles from home. I thought he was some crazy person. I have a sense of humor, after knowing Ron for 20 years, I found out he had a big sense of humor. To this day, I laugh every time I think of Ron telling me I should have ordered the pork. As I spent more time in Wakonda and became good friends with Ron, I discovered he was a pork producer. Now I understand his humor!I feel very close to Ron. Great friend, hunter, father, grandfather. My future trips to South Dakota will be a little sad knowing Ron will not be there. I wish to extend my sincere condolence to the Nelson family. Ron will be truly missed.

Chad Yoder

Posted at 01:42pm
I did not know Ron long, but when my family and I purchased some gilts from Ron it left a lasting impression on my young sons. They talk about Ron the pig farmer a lot and we talk about him when we feed the pigs every day. His passion for pigs and young people in the industry will be truly missed.

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