Ronald K Nielsen

September 8, 1930July 8, 2018

Ronald K. Nielsen

AKA : Ron or Pops

Ron passed away 7-8-18 in Spokane, WA. He was born 9-8-30 in Pocatello, ID to Henry W. Nielsen and Faye Jeppson Nielsen (both deceased). He was preceded in death by spouse Alver Scruggs Nielsen and survived by spouse Dona M. Caldwell Kessinger Nielsen of Liberty Lake, WA. Also survived by sons Kurt (Karen) Nielsen of Spokane, WA, Russell (Janet) Nielsen of Wenatchee, WA and Mark (Anna) Nielsen of Liberty Lake, WA. Also survived by Dona’s adult children: Wayne (Teresa) Kessinger of Vancouver, WA, Bert (Becky) Kessinger of Spokane Valley, Theresa (Bart) Deiss of Spokane Valley, and 9 grandchildren, many great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren.

Ron graduated from Pocatello High School in 1948. After a year at Idaho State University, he enlisted in the USAF and served in Greenland during the Korean War. After his discharge in 1953, he moved to Memphis, TN. He met Alver Scruggs, and they married on June 13, 1954. They were married for 41 years, until Alver’s passing in December 1995. The Nielsens loved to play pinochle, and their regular partners were Norm and Dona Kessinger. Norm had passed away 5 years before Alver, and so after some months of courtship Ron asked Dona to be his wife. They have been married now almost 22 years.

Ron spent many years as a banker and stock broker before starting his own business as a hunting and fishing guide, primarily in the Columbia Basin area. He also spent many years coaching his sons in the Spokane Valley Boys Baseball League. Eventually, Ron became the Executive Secretary of the league. His hard work and dedication helped provide a place for thousands of children to experience the great game of baseball and benefit from being on the team.

Ron was an active member of East Valley Baptist Church. Dona and Ron were ready, willing and able to help wherever they were needed. They loved being part of this church family.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held Saturday July 14, 2018 beginning at 11 AM at East Valley Baptist Church, 14516 E. Wellesley in the Spokane Valley. The church is hosting a lunch following the memorial service. All are welcome.


  • Ronald K Nielsen Memorial Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ronald K Nielsen

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