Ronald Houle

Ronald “Ron” Lawrence Houle, 64, of Merrifield, passed away at home on November 2, 2019. 

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 p.m. at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, on Tues., Nov. 5, 2019 in Brainerd with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Weds., Nov. 6at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Tony Wroblewski officiating. A second visitation will be held prior to the funeral at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Francis. 

Burial will follow the funeral at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Ron was born in Little Falls on October 6, 1955, the  second of seven children. He graduated from Little Falls High School and furthered his education with a master’s degree from College of St. Scholastica.

Ron married Darlene Houle (Vogel) on September 3, 1994. They were happily married for 25 years.

Ron worked as a District Sales Manager with the Star Tribune for 17 years before becoming an IT Instructor at Central Lakes College for the next 25 years of his life. Ron was also actively involved in volunteering as a baseball coach and BMX track director in the Brainerd Lakes Area for many years.

Ron was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending his free time in the outdoors. He could be found hunting and fishing with his seven children and 12 grandchildren. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Darlene; seven children, Benjamin (Kassandra) Houle, Sarah (Joshua) Oehrlein, Zachary (Jolene) Houle, Brady (Kassandra) Houle, Tylor Bendson, Kyle (Brenda) Bendson, and Kayla (Chris) Bendson; 12 grandchildren and six siblings.

His father, Lawrence Houle, and mother, Dolores Houle (Colombe), precede Ron in death.

Arrangements are by Nelson-Doran Funeral Home, Brainerd.

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