Ron Nelson, Sr. passes away
September 18, 2006


Born July 30, 1943
Died Sept. 18, 2006

Ron Sr., age 63, passed on at approx. 1:00 p.m. Monday in the ICU of Lompoc Hospital from a long time battle with multiple sclerosis. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Virginia, two sons, Ronald Wayne Jr. and Clinton LeRoy, one brother, James Archie of Dublin TX., four granddaughters, two grandsons, and numerous nieces and nephews. Ron joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1963 where he was stationed all over the Pacific including Vandenberg AFB at Point Arguello, and Hawaii, to end his service in San Francisco in 1967. Upon his honorable discharge he came to Lompoc to be with Virginia, and join the City of Lompoc Fire Department, where he served 11 years as a local hero, saving countless lives, structures, and animals. His duties as engineer also included the setup and discharge of countless 4th of July fireworks. He performed duties acting as Captain for a year in 1974, and orchestrated the acquisition and restoration of the antique "SEAGRAVE" engine used for public appearance by the department still today. Ron Sr. also became the first recognized and certified Emergency Medical Technician in all of Santa Barbara County, by attending the San Francisco EMT school in 1972. He served as Engineer until 1979, when he was forced to retire early due to his illness.

Ron had many loves. He loved God and followed in his footsteps from the age of 14, he loved his wife, his sons and all of his family relatives. He loved 18 wheelers talking on the C.B., and trains. In 1969, he was a founding father to the Lompoc Model Railroad Club, and sometime in the 70's he assisted in the construction of the Bitter Creek Western (live steam) Railroad, and also was a predominant member of the HO scale and 0 scale railroad clubs located in Nipomo Mesa.

Ron Wayne Nelson Sr, was a man of great character, influence, and ability. He will be missed and loved forever, as will his memory live on.

Services will be held at the Starbuck-Lind Mortuary on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with burial at the Lompoc Cemetery to follow. All who are friends are welcome to attend.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 14 West Valerio St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

[From the Lompoc Record, September 21, 2006.]

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