Ronald Mortensen, 79, of Charles City, passed away Monday, April 3rd, 2017, at the Floyd County Medical Center in Charles City.
A memorial service for Ronald Mortensen will be held 10:00 am Friday, April 7, 2017, at Faith Bible Chapel in Charles City with Pastor Jason Boyd officiating. Private family inurnment will take place at Willow Creek Cemetery in Royal, Iowa, at a later date.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Faith Bible Chapel in Charles City from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Thursday, April 6, 2017, and will continue one hour prior to the memorial service Friday at the church.
Ronald Edward Mortensen, the son of Edward and Cecelia (Lindquist) Mortensen, was born May 10, 1937, in Spencer, Iowa. He attended Riverton #7 Country School before graduating from Everly Consolidated High School in 1954.
Ron met the love of his life, Lois Mustard, on January 11, 1958. It was during their courtship that Ron enlisted in the Army, serving from October 1959 through January 1962. From there he transitioned into the Army Reserves until 1965.
Ron and Lois were united in marriage at the First Presbyterian Church in Estherville, Iowa, on February 25, 1962. They lived in Spirit Lake, Iowa, from 1969-1999.
Ron had many different places of employment over the years. He started at Swanson’s Grocery Store in Spencer, Iowa. He then worked at an A & P store, John Morrell Meats, a Fareway store, Aero-Dec Manufacturers, and finally Metal Works in Spencer before retiring.
Ron had also begun doing specialized yardwork for people several years earlier. It was a hobby he loved doing, and one that helped people.
In 1999, Ron and Lois moved to Charles City. He made the rounds in the community many times each week: Hy-Vee, the Kloberdanz Insurance Office, Dave’s Restaurant, and Don’s Repair to name a few of the spots he often visited. He also had many neighbors with whom he enjoyed talking.
Ron loved going to church at Faith Bible Chapel, and he was always asking for a list of things that needed to be done around the church. He was a member of the American Legion and AmVets. Ron was a fixture in countless parades each and every year throughout the area. He would drive his riding lawnmower or his pickup through the route with his multi-flag display attached. He drew smiles and lots of applause from parade goers, and Ron was always dreaming up ways to include more flags each year.
Ron had an incredible memory! He could recall things from both recent years and the distant past so clearly, down to the most minute detail. Many was the time his family marveled at the things he remembered!
Ron enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, puttering in his garage, creating and making things for other people, attending the Clay County Fair yearly, taking Day Trips by way of as many back roads as possible with Lois, traveling with Mark to show cattle, the highlight being the numerous opportunities to show at the Aksarben Stock Show and Rodeo, going on vacations to places like South Dakota, Florida, and Missouri with Sue and her kids, watching parades on television, cheering on the Charles City Comets, especially when any of his grandchildren were involved, serving God through serving others, and mowing lawns on a John Deere tractor.
Living family members include his wife of 55 years, Lois, of Charles City; son Mark (and significant other Minnie Kasper) of Knoxville, Arkansas; daughter Sue (Erik) of Charles City; ten grandchildren, and three great-children.
He was preceded in death by his parents.