Ronald L. Houle


Ronald “Ron” Lawrence Houle, 64, of Merrifield, passed away at home on Saturday, November 02, 2019.

Ron was born in Little Falls on October 06, 1955. Ron was the second of seven children. He graduated from Little Falls High School and furthered his education with a master’s degree from College of Saint Scholastica.

Ron married Darlene Houle (Vogel) on September 03, 1994. They were happily married for 25 years.

Ron worked as a District Sales Manager with the Star Tribune for 17 years before becoming an IT Instructor at Central Lakes College for the next 25 years of his life. Ron was also actively involved in volunteering as a baseball coach and BMX track director in the Brainerd Lakes Area for many years.

Ron was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending his free time in the outdoors. He could be found hunting and fishing with his 7 children and 12 grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Darlene; seven children, Benjamin (Kassandra) Houle, Sarah (Joshua) Oehrlein, Zachary (Jolene) Houle, Brady (Kassandra) Houle, Tylor Bendson, Kyle (Brenda) Bendson, and Kayla (Chris) Bendson. Ron is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 siblings.

His father, Lawrence Houle, and mother, Dolores Houle (Colombe), precede Ron in death.

Visitation will be held at 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 05, 2019 in Brainerd with a Prayer Service at 7:00 PM. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM on Wednesday, November 06, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Tony Wroblewski of St. Francis will be officiating. A second visitation will be held prior to the funeral at 10:00AM on Wednesday at St. Francis. Burial will follow the funeral at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements with Nelson-Doran Funeral Home. 

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