Ronald “Ron” A. Mellies, age 71, of Hector, Minnesota, passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023, at Olivia Restorative Therapy and Nursing in Olivia, Minnesota.
Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Hector Event Center in Hector.
Private Family Graveside Service will be held in the Bird Island City Cemetery in Bird Island, Minnesota.
In Ron’s memory, memorials can be made to Renville County Hospice to help support their great work and the
Ronald Allen Mellies was born on February 21,1952, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was the son of Virgil and Delpha (Hillmann) Mellies. Ron was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo Lake, Minnesota. He received his education in Buffalo Lake, and was a graduate of the Buffalo Lake High School Class of 1970. Ron furthered his education as a diesel mechanic at Hanson Mechanical Trade School in Fargo, North Dakota. In 2008, Ron received his diploma in Farm Business Management from Ridgewater College in Hutchinson.
Ron entered active military service in the United States Air Force on February 16, 1971, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a Medical Honorable Discharge on March 5, 1971 at Lackland, Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
On December 9, 1972, Ron married Judy Decknatel and they had two sons, Eric and David. After their marriage ended, Ron married Sally Stamer on August 1, 1996. With his marriage to Sally, Ron became beloved stepdad to stepdaughters Lindsay, Monica, and Leah. Ron and Sally resided in Hector, Minnesota, and built a beautiful life together throughout their 27 year marriage.
Ron was a life-long farmer in Renville County. He took great pride in his work and dedicated endless hours in the field with Sally by his side. He retired in 2018, while his love and passion for the farm remained.
Ron enjoyed cruising in his Corvettes to the Beach Boys Greatest Hits, traveling to Scottsdale, Arizona, and Naples, Florida, and going to the movies and dinner with Sally every weekend. He loved his early morning breakfasts in Buffalo Lake with friends and was always a jokester. Ron was the most patient, kind and dependable man. He especially treasured his time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Ron passed away on Thursday, March 23, 2023 at Olivia Restorative Therapy and Nursing Home, Olivia, Minnesota. His family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caring staff of Olivia Restorative Therapy and Nursing and Renville County Hospice.
Blessed be his memory.
Ron is survived by his:
Wife, Sally Mellies of Hector, MN;
Sons, Eric Mellies and his wife, Gretchen of Chaska, MN,
David Mellies and his wife, Samantha of Pine City, MN;
Step-daughters, Lindsay Anderson of Orono, MN,
Monica MacDonald and her husband, Brendan of Victoria, MN,
Leah Hicks and her husband, Daniel of Long Lake, MN;
Grandchildren, Calvin, Abbey, Montana, Stella, Meadow, Adeline, Lillian, Ella, Blaire, Laine, Lucille;
Siblings, Janice Melberg and her husband, Sheldon of Buffalo Lake, MN,
Shirley Ludowese and her husband, John of Hutchinson, MN,
Leslie Mellies and his wife, Carol of Stewart, MN,
Vernon Mellies and his wife, Rose of Stewart, MN,
Dennis Mellies and his wife, Jodi of Hector, MN;
Mother-in-law, Dorothy Jill Stamer of Hutchinson, MN;
Brothers-in-law, Michael Stamer and his wife, Danna of Willmar, MN,
Dale Stamer and his wife, Beatrice of Hutchinson, MN;
Sisters-in-law, Tracy Lukanich and her husband, Jim of Mendota Heights, MN,
Nancy Jergenson and her husband, Arden of Victoria, MN,
Robin Stamer of Hutchinson, MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
Ron is preceded in death by his Parents, Virgil and Delpha Mellies; Brother, Charles Mellies; Niece, Mardell Hill; Father-in-law, LeRoy Stamer; Brother-in-law, Jeff Stamer.
Jo Reck says
My deepest sympathy to Sally, and the whole Mellies family in the death of Ronnie~ He was a good guy and I’m so sorry he had to go through such a long illness. He is now at peace and in good health once more. May your good memories of special times spent with him, keep his memory alive in your hearts. I will remember him with a smile! God’s comfort be with you in the days and weeks ahead~ Jo Reck
Pamela Hahn says
To the Mellies family, my sympathy to u , this was a shock I remember him in high school & post prom nite, when the class of 71 lost 2 boys from our class. Memories now back to the present. He’s with his Heavenly father .
Brad Koenig says
I went to school in Buffalo Lake with Ron and continued to converse with him for decades. Ron was a larger than life character and I will miss the times that I enjoyed with him.
M R Koenig says
Sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. A classmate and friend from school days at Buffalo Lake.
Denise Cummens says
Sally and family i am so sorry for loss. I remember him coming to visit his mom and guve me a hard time. Hugs and love too everyond
Sue & Bob says
Sympathies to Ron’s family. He’s safely in God’s hands.
Luanne Saleture says
Gretchen and family, I am so sorry to read this. My deepest condolences to you all. Sending prayers and positive thoughts.
Ken Schweikert says
So sorry ro hear of Ronnie’s passing away. Our prayers go out to the entire Mellies family. Ron was a good guy. Always friendly when conversing. Jesus loves the Mellies family.
Charlie and Kim Schimmelpfennig says
So sorry for your loss.
Al Koenig says
We’ll miss Ron and his cheerful demeanor. Thanks for including information on his short but honorable USAF service during the Vietnam War. I will include it in my reference on Buffalo Lake veterans of the Vietnam Era.
Derek Stark says
Sending my deepest condolences to everyone along with thoughts and prayers!! I always enjoyed talking to Ron when he was at the shop talking to my Dad! He was a great guy and he will be missed by many!!