Ronald Leroy Mulder, 82, Luverne, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the Sanford Luverne Medical Center.
A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Cemetery near Luverne at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Hartquist Funeral Home in Luverne.
Ronald Mulder was born on Dec. 30, 1935, to Henry and Hermina (Meester) Mulder in Worthington. He lived his childhood years in Magnolia and was active in basketball, hunting, fishing and farming. He graduated as a Magnolia High School Bulldog in the class of 1954. Following his education, Ron worked at the Connell’s garage until 1960. He then became employed at the Luverne Bumper Company.
On Nov. 24, 1962, Ron married Betty Viessman at Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. The couple made their home in Luverne and was blessed with a daughter, Deb. In 1968 Ron started his job at Iowa Beef Packers. He continued there for the next 30 years. In the fall of 1998 he began working at Hills-Beaver Creek Elevator which he continued until his retirement in 2015.
Ronald was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Luverne. He continued his childhood love of hunting and fishing throughout his life. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, racing snowmobiles, trapping and making his own traps, camping, gardening, puzzles and playing cards. He loved to be outdoors. He was known to give nicknames (terms of endearment) to friends and family. Ron also used his repair skills with electrical problems, welding and carpentry to help others. He had a soft spot for dogs and loved bringing home strays.
Ron is survived by his wife, Betty Mulder, of Luverne; a daughter, Deb (Jon) Lusty of Luverne; a granddaughter, Emma Lusty; two brothers, Erv Mulder of Canton, South Dakota, and Duane (Joyce) Mulder of Luverne; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Arrangements were provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, www.hartquistfuneral.com.