Ronald Lynn Lundquist, 78, of Shelley, passed away March 21, 2017, in the home of his son Randy in Shelley. He was under the care of Hands of Hope Hospice.
Ron was born July 14, 1938, in Shelley, Idaho, to Clarence Herman and Lula Crofts Lundquist. He grew up and attended schools in Shelley, Idaho. Aside from a brief time in the military and serving an LDS mission, Ron resided in Shelley throughout his life.
Ron graduated from Shelley High School in 1956. He joined the army and survived basic training, then was discharged for medical reason ns; he was missing a lung and had a bullet lodged in his back from an accidental shooting as a young boy. Ron attended ISU in Pocatello for a few years, deciding to major in psychology, but did not graduate.
Over the course of his life Ron had many jobs, including police officer, milkman, hotel manager, store manager, car salesman, pet store owner, and he started a company with his son Kevin in Idaho Falls selling health aid products. He will be remembered most for the over 20 years selling cars for Ron Sayer of Idaho Falls. Ron was known by co-workers and friends as “Lucky”, because when asked how he was doing he always replied “I’m the luckiest man in the world”, usually followed by “I never have a bad day.”
Ron married Nanette Miller of Shelley in 1958. They eloped to Dillon, Montana. Ron and Nanette were married for 17 years and had three children together, Kevin, Barbara and Randy.
In 1976 Ron married Shirley Dial. Shirley brought 4 more children into the family, Alan, Paul, Susan, and Kathy. They have been sweethearts for the past 41 years, and she has been tenderly by his side to the end.
Ron was a member of the LDS church, serving faithfully in many positions, including elder’s quorum president, stake mission president, high priest group leader, stake high council, Stake executive secretary and primary teacher. Ron and Shirley served as missionaries in Calgary, Canada, and in the Idaho Falls Temple visitor’s center. They also served as facilitators in the LDS church’s Addiction Recovery program.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents; his father in 1974 and his mother in 2007.
He is survived by his sweetheart Shirley of Shelley, sister Carol Dutson of Shelley, sister Elaina Bollar of Shoshone, son Kevin Lundquist of Idaho Falls, daughter Barbara (Greg) Nelson of American Fork, Utah, son Randy (Christine) Lundquist of Shelley, son Alan (Tammi) Dial of Shelley, son Paul (Deanne) Dial of Ucon, daughter Susan (Mickey) Hall of California, and daughter Kathy Edwards of California. At the time of his death, he has 27 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Shelley First Ward Chapel (184 North Park Ave.). The family will receive friends Saturday morning from 9:30 till 10:40 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nalder Funeral Home in Shelley. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery with Military Rites by the David B. Bleak Post #93 assisted by the Idaho Honor Guard.
We love you Ron!