Ronald Nelson, Sr.

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Ronald Wayne Nelson, Sr., 81, devoted husband, father and grandfather, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024 at his home.

Born Sept. 2, 1942 in Alton, he was a son of Kenneth W. and Norma J. (Coons) Nelson.

He married Florence E. Soto Jan. 10, 1961 in Granite City.  She survives.

Ronald worked as an electrician for Laclede Steel for 37 years.  A devoted father, he served as his kids’ coach and was involved in their Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities.  He was Past Governor of the Alton Moose Lodge, and he enjoyed NASCAR.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Cathy (Ted) Toner of Rosewood Heights, Ron Nelson, Jr. of Wood River, Ken Nelson of Smithville, TN, Joey (Tammy) Nelson of Monterey, TN, Kimberly Ludwig of Yorktown, VA, and Don (Diana) Nelson of Liberty, TN; 10 grandchildren, Ashley (Nate) Kamp, Jessica (Michael) Rowell, Jake (Jessica) Toner, Zach Toner, Eric Nelson, Christian Nelson, Sydney Nelson, John Tyler Ludwig, Jordan Ludwig, and Nick Bramlet; 11 great grandchildren, Keegan Rowell, Reese Rowell, Everly Rowell, Sutton Rowell, Kendall Kamp, Karsyn Kamp, Knox Kamp, Jocelyn Toner, Nora Toner, Sophia Nelson, and Maddie Clark; a brother, Richard (Donna) Nelson of Columbia, IL; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Samantha Nelson; and two sisters, Donna Martin and Kenna Sue Roberson.

The family will hold private services at a later date.  Memorial donations may be given to the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Siteman Cancer Center.

Cremation services entrusted to Paynic Home for Funerals, with an online guestbook available at

Obit Provided By:
Paynic Home for Funerals

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