Ronald F. Nissen, 79 of Green Springs passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at Firelands Regional Medical Center. He was born on July 18, 1943 to the late Frederick and Leona (Caris) Nissen.
A 1961 graduate of Harris Elmore High School, Ronald went on to serve his country in the United States Army from 1964-1967, stationed in Italy. He continued his service in the Army National Guard from 1978-1988, where he served as a combat engineer. From 1988-1990, Ronald was an instructor for the US Army Reserve School, and re-signed to the National Guard from 1990-1995, where he earned the rank of 1st Sergeant of the 145th MASH Hospital. His military service ended with his time in the OHMR from 2003-2008, where he served as Brigade Sergeant Major.
Ronald worked for the Ohio State Highway Patrol from 1970-1976 and the Ottawa County Sheriff from 1985-1992. He also worked as an over the road truck driver over a 20 year career.
On June 3, 2000, he married Linda Bagley, and shared nearly 23 years together.
Ron was a social person who enjoyed spending time with his sons and grandchildren. Camping, fishing, and boating were favorite pastimes, and his family will remember the memories made while picking walnuts, driving demo derby cars, and raising chickens in the hatchery. He also found great joy in making wooden toys for children. Ron was a member of the Fremont Eagles and American Legion.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda; sons, Jason Nissen of Elmore, Christopher (Kelly) Nissen of Elmore, Kirk (Nicole) Nissen of Oak Harbor, and Nicholas Nissen of Green Springs; step-son, Richard Hudson of Fremont; grandchildren, Heidie Nissen of Bettsville, Wyatt Nissen of Elmore, Zachary Nissen and Kassandra Nissen of Elmore, Faith, Madison, and Colton Nissen of Oak Harbor, and Jacob (Jordan) Hudson; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Earl Nissen of Las Cruces, NM and Marilyn Klickman of Elmore; siblings-in-law, Sandy Crawfoot of Gibsonburg, Debra Heberling of Fremont, Pat Wirczorek of Fremont, Earl Bagley of Lindsey, and Keith Bagley of Old Fort.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Leona; former wife, Joyce Sorenson; sister-in-law, Connie Nissen; and brother-in-law, James Klickman.
A time of visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 13 from 4:00-8:00PM at the Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 14 beginning at 11:00AM with an hour of visitation prior to services. Burial will be held privately for the family at a later date.
Donations in Ron's name may be made to the Fremont Eagles or American Legion.
Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory, Fremont is honored to assist the Nissen family during this difficult time.