Ronald “Ron” Lawrence Houle, 64, Merrifield, passed away at home on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Ron was born in Little Falls on Oct. 6, 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 the College of Saint Scholastica.

Ron married Darlene Houle (Vogel) on Sept. 3, 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 seven children and 12 grandchildren.

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

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 six siblings.

Visitation was held at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Brainerd with a prayer service. The mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019 at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Tony Wroblewski of St. Francis officiating. A second visitation was held prior to the funeral at St. Francis. Burial followed the funeral at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

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