Ronald Stephen “Steve” Nolan, age 86, of Orono, formerly of Dassel, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, at the Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.
A walk-through celebration of life will take place Saturday, Feb. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel. A private memorial service will take place Sunday, Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lyndale Lutheran Church in Maple Plain. A private interment of the urn with military honors will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis on a later date.
Those who wish to attend the walk-through celebration of life or the private memorial service are reminded that social distancing and a mask will be required to attend.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is serving the family.
Ronald, the son of Frank and Gladys (Molin) Nolan, was born Oct. 9, 1934, in Grand Rapids. The family resided in Remer until they moved to a farm near Maple Plain.
He was baptized June 4, 1935, by Pastor Clarence H. Johnson, and later confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Lyndale Lutheran Church in Independence. He was presently a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
He graduated from the Mound High School in 1953. Dec. 17, 1953, Steve was inducted into the United States Army until Dec. 16, 1955, when he was transferred to the United States Army Reserve for eight years.
Upon returning from the service, Steve attended Dunwoody Institute and received his degree.
Steve was united in marriage to Marva Justus, June 13, 1957, at the Lyndale Lutheran Church. Together, they made their home in Maple Plain, before they moved to Long Lake, and then back to the village of Independence.
Steve was employed at Archie Walker Volkswagen, which became Westside Volkswagen, eventually obtaining a position as the shop foreman. He was also employed by Gelco in the fleet maintenance call center.
In 1987, Marva and Steve moved to Selmer, TN, where Steve worked as a school bus driver and did odd jobs for friends. In 2002, Marva and Steve moved to Dassel, where they resided until July 2020, when they moved to the Trails of Orono.
Steve enjoyed spending time with his family, walking or going to Snap Fitness for exercise, and loved to go on road trips around the United States. He enjoyed exploring new places with his family, and loved the times they would get together for holidays and special events. He will be missed by his family and his many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marva Nolan of Orono; daughters, Patty (Jon) Malecek of Maple Plain, Kay (Kraig) Nowell of St. Michael; four grandchildren, Rob Malecek, Allison (Joe) Rude, Derek Malecek (girlfriend, Hailie Schultz), and Matt Nowell; one great-grandchild, Claire Rude; sister-in-law, Grace Nolan, several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gladys Nolan; siblings, Glenyce Sween and husband, A. Randolf Sween, and Jim Nolan; and nephew, Michael Sween.