Known to over 40 years of local Juneau and statewide tournament bowlers, Ron Nielsen passed away on July 7 after a mercifully short battle with colon cancer.
Ron was born in Juneau on Aug. 27, 1947 and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1965. After a short stint at Central Oregon College, Ron was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam and at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.
Shortly after his return to Juneau, Ron began his long-term on-and-off again relationship with Channel Bowl as an employee, manager, owner, proprietor, youth coach and bowler in many leagues. Always a serious bowler, in 1976 Ron bowled the second-ever perfect 300 game in Juneau. He competed in the highest levels of both local and statewide tournaments and in 1993 was inducted into the Gastineau Channel Men's Bowling Hall of Fame and in 2000 was in inducted into the Alaska State Bowlers Hall of Fame.
Always the one to join in, Ron could also be found participating with his many friends in the sport of golfing, the agony of fishing, the fun of adult softball and the joy of cooking great feasts. He loved his time with family and friends and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
Ron was preceded in death by his father, Edward C. Nielsen, son of Jens and Marie Nielsen, listed in the Gastineau Channel Memories, Vol. 2.
Ron is survived by his wife Cheryl (Todd) Nielsen of Juneau, his mother Marie Nielsen, brother Ed Nielsen, sister-in-law Gerri and nephew Scott, all of Mount Vernon, Wash.; stepchildren Bridgett Landere and Ron Blue of Juneau and adopted son Sean Nielsen and his children of Connecticut; grandchildren Kenny, Eileen, Tristan and Andy of Juneau.
Todd relations include Jerry, Margie, Kathleen, Kirsten and Jerri Ann Ward of Anchorage, Mary Lou, Sarah and Kristen Diamond of Soldotna, Jimmy, Cindy, Cameron and Jimmy Todd Jr. of Anchorage and Pat Todd of Juneau.
Other survivors include Uncle Jim Nielsen and Aunt Emma Houston of Juneau; Aunt Anna Kane of Penn Valley, Calif., Aunt Mona Stretz of Phoenix and Calgary, Canada; Alaska cousins George and Jay Houston, Heather (Houston) Drapeaux, Jens Nielsen, David Brabaw, Georgene Nielsen and cousins Kanes, Cress and Adelman of California and Washington; and Steven Anderson and Patti Ortloft of Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 419 6th St., Juneau, AK 99801.
Cheri invites their friends and family to an open house in honor of Ron's life at the Parkshore Condominium Clubhouse from 4-8 p.m. on Friday.
Condolences may be sent to 3051 Mountainwood Circle, Juneau, AK 99801.