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Ronald N. Laxen, 62

Ronald (Ron) N. Laxen of Dover, FL, formerly of Winsted, died Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, of metastatic cancer.

Ron was born Aug. 1, 1948, the son of John (Chuck) and Sophia Laxen of Winsted.

He attended Holy Trinity grade and high school; and completed his education with the Job Corps.

Ron enjoyed being around and working with autos. He was a cross-country semi-truck driver; and a stunt car driver, first for the international thrill show of Dan Fleenor and the Hurricane Hell Drivers, and later for Joie Chitwood and his Thrill Show. He then owned and operated an auto repair shop.

He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Pat Cafaro and family; his brothers and sisters, Roderick (Bob) of Tampa, FL, Mary Ann Laxen, presently in Jeremie, Haiti; Judith Laxen of San Francisco, CA, John (Jack) of St. Charles, MO and Janice Mortenson (Richard) of San Francisco, CA; aunt Helen Laxen; godmother Monica Albers; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, John (Chuck) and Sophia Laxen; and twin brother Donald.

At Ron’s request he was cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date.