Obit: Anderson, Ronald Charles (1949 - 2008)
Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon
Surnames: Anderson, Doggett, Fragulia, Porter, Taylor, Alger, Zehr, Bobb
----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) May 28, 2008
Anderson, Ronald Charles (19 June 1949 - 21 May 2008)
RONALD CHARLES ANDERSON
Durango, Co resident Ronald Charles Anderson died of a heart attack in Durango on Wednesday, May 21, 2008. He was 58. Ron was born on June 19, 1949 to Arnold and Laura Anderson in Stanley, WI. He grew up in the rural Stanley/Thorp area and graduated from Thorp High School, where he was an All-American football player.
Ron’s draft number was six, and he served a year-long tour of duty in 1969-1970 in Vietnam, with the Fifth Army, 61st Infantry, where he was trained in light weaponry. For his service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. He held the rank of private at the time of his honorable discharge.
On April 17, 1971, he married Patricia Doggett in Colorado Springs, CO. The marriage ended in divorce after 13 years.
For the past 30 years, Ron was a building contractor and owner of Cloverleaf Construction in Durango. He had recently purchased Snowcap Sod Farm.
His family said that Durango was his favorite place on earth. He spent more than 20 years water skiing and boating on the Navajo Lake.
"When he arrived on the lake, everyone knew he was there, either with a catcall or a firecracker," his family wrote. "He was a true friend to all of his friends. We will especially miss his laughter and whistling."
Ron is survived by his companion of 11 years, Dawn Fragulia of Durango, CO; daughter, Lora (Kalon) Porter of Bayfield, CO; son, Scott (Carolyn) Anderson of Las Vegas, NV; stepdaughter, Samantha Taylor of Durango, CO; brothers: Gary Anderson of Altoona, WI and John (Mary) Anderson of Stanley, WI; sisters: Nancy (Bill) Alger of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, and Kathy (Kevin) Zehr of Eau Clarie, WI; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas; sister, Sharon Bobb; and sister-in-law, Linda.
A wake was held to celebrate his life at 3 p.m. Tuesday, may 27, 2008, at Snowcap Sod Farm, 12639 U.S. Highway 550 Durango CO. The family is also planning a celebration of his life to be held in Wisconsin, date and place yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant a tree in his honor.
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