Ronald H. Boysen

Ronald H. Boysen, age 70 of rural Lake Mills, died unexpectedly on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Visitation for Ron will be held on Monday, October 10, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Schott Funeral Homes-Mittelstadt Chapel, 902 E. Main St. in Lake Mills.

A celebration of life service will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 11:00 AM, at First Baptist Church, 18508 E. Hwy. 9, in Forest City, Iowa, with Pastor Paul M. Schaefer officiating.

Military honors will be conducted by the Forest City American Legion Post #121 immediately following the service.

Schott Funeral Homes-Mittelstadt Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Ronald Haven Boysen was born on October 8, 1951 in Rochester, Minnesota to parents Earl and Ellen (Herrick) Boysen.  He graduated from Mayo High School in Rochester. Ron carried on his education by obtaining three degrees: an associate’s degree in both drafting and business, as well as his bachelor’s degree in industrial technology.

On February 25, 1971 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam War era.  Ron was honorably discharged on November 27, 1974.

On October 13, 1979, Ronald was married to Diane Sanden at Bethel Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Throughout his lifetime, Ron accomplished much and had many hobbies, but nothing was more important to him than his relationship with Jesus Christ. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior on July 27, 1980, and spent much of his life studying the Bible, growing his faith (with seemingly endless Biblical resources), and was always known to leave a Bible tract wherever he went. He wanted nothing more than everyone he met to know Jesus personally.

Ron was an executive with the Boy Scouts of America for many years, which allowed him to meet so many wonderful people.  In more recent years, Ron worked for McGregor’s Furniture in Mason City, and at Bill’s Family Foods in Forest City. He excelled in his occupations because he was such a “people person.”  Ron could carry on a conversation with anyone, and more often than not, his conversations included at least one “dad joke.” His smile and personality were infectious. He left a lasting impression on people and was a blessing to all he touched.

He cherished and adored his wife (MTY-LTT) Diane, and all of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and spent time with them as often as possible. Free time allowed Ron the chance to enjoy taking day trips with Diane (a favorite was Decorah), reading his Bible, studying US history, baking, gardening (Dahlias were his specialty), taking care of his heritage apple trees, beekeeping, bird-watching, fishing, golfing, and creating things in his shed.

Ron left us too soon, and he is missed by his wife of almost 43 years, Diane of Lake Mills; four children: Richard “Ric” Boysen of Rochester, MN, Elissa (Jeremy) Hanna of Forest City, Erin Boysen of Lake Mills, and Ross Boysen of Lake Mills; 8 grandchildren: Blake (wife Kathryn), Haven, Jackson & Kendall, Pemberley & Paisley, and Declan & Deidre; and 2 great-grandchildren: Milo & Lola.  He is also survived by a brother Arlen Boysen of Burnsville, MN; brother-in-law, Don Solem of Rochester, MN; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Ellen; 3 sisters: Bev Edgar, Judy Solem and Sharon Wold; and a brother in infancy.



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