Ronald N. Anderson
June 24, 1927 ~ January 19, 2014
Ronald N. Anderson, age 86, of Lawler, Iowa passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in New Hampton. Ronald Norman Anderson was born June 24, 1927 to Alfred and Gena (Hagen) Anderson on the family farm in rural New Hampton. He received his education in rural country school before graduating from New Hampton High School in 1946. After graduating, Ronald farmed with his father before enlisting in the US Navy on September 13, 1950. During the Korean Conflict he served in the Pacific Rim aboard the USS Menard. On July 30, 1954 Ronald received his honorable discharge. When he returned home he worked for Oliver’s in Charles City for a short time before he began farming on his family’s century farm. On November 6, 1955, Ronald was united in marriage to JoAnne Kala of Spillville at the Calmar Lutheran Church, Calmar,IA and to this union six children were born; two sons and four daughters. He served on the New Hampton School Board for eight years. Ronald was lovingly known as the neighborhood carpenter and specialized in splicing hay ropes. On March 6, 1995, Ronald’s wife passed away. He was then united in marriage to Kathleen Roberson-Ptacek on March 23, 1996. The couple wed at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Lourdes, Iowa. Ronald remained always active on the family farm. He was a lifelong faithful member of Jerico Evangelical Lutheran Church and served in many offices. Ronald was also a member of the Alta Vista VFW – Paul Johann Post # 4069. He enjoyed coffee time at Jerico Jo’s, was an avid Cubs fan and history buff. He enjoyed a good book, especially a Western, and a good meal. Farming and especially his family were his pride and joy. Blessed be his memory. Ronald is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Ptacek) Anderson of New Hampton; his children, Nancy (Joe) Alden of Hudson, IA; Gene (Susie) Anderson of Lawler,IA; Mark Anderson of Cedar Rapids, IA; Kimberly (Dan) O’Brien of Ridgeway, IA, Tracy Anderson of St. Charles, MN and Shirley (Dean) Hubka of Cresco, IA; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Sharon (Rick) Krahn of Eyota, MN, Dale (Debbie) Ptacek of Lime Springs, IA, Mark (Luann Halvorson) Ptacek of Lawler, David (Barb) Ptacek of Cedar Rapids, IA and Andy (Lauren Danielson) Ptacek of Vancouver, WA; 11 step-grandchildren; 5 step great-grandchildren; his sisters, Geraldine Munson of Madison, WI and Lana (John) Tapken of Marion, IA; two sisters-in-law, Margaret Thompson of Calmar, IA and Virginia (Paul) Pavlovec of Decorah, IA; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnne ; his parents, Alfred and Gena; his brother, Alton Gene; his mother-in-law, Katherine (James) Koshatka , father-in-law, Joseph Kala, and brothers -in-law Paul Munson, Robert “Bob” Kala and Einer Thompson.