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Ronald “Ron” G. Melde

July 29, 2020 | 7 comments

On the morning of July 26, 2020, Ronald “Ron” G. Melde passed away peacefully at the age of 67. Ron was born in La Crosse, Wi to Norman and Delores Melde in 1953. He worked for over 20 years at both the G. Heileman Brewing Company and City Brewery.  When Heileman’s closed, this provided Ron the opportunity to attend Western Technical College where he received a Technical Diploma as a Micro Computer Technician. He obtained this certificate with high standing while being a single father to his son and teaching him many lessons of strength and preservation. Ron returned to work with the City Brewery for a number of years thereafter.  He loved to tell stories from his years driving forklift and working in the bottle house with coworkers who truly became friends for life.

Ron enjoyed spending his time with his son, grandsons, family and friends. He loved spending time in the country hunting/walking in the woods and coasting through the river in his flat bottom to get to secret fishing spots. Ron had a love for music, backyard bonfires and grilling. His smile was contagious; most will choose to remember him in cutoff jean shorts, barefoot (maybe sandals), a smile and his arms swinging by his hips in a happy dance.

We would like to thank all the friends that were there for Ron in the last few years when he was not as able to get out easily. Ron was an esophageal cancer survivor and was able to fight for several more years to watch his grandsons grow with all of your help. So many people brought meals, spent time bringing him joy, stopped to watch sports, and helped to get him to and from doctor’s appointments. Ron’s wish was to be in his home that he worked so hard for as long as he could and with your help that was possible up to the last few months. In March it was found that Ron had an aggressive lung cancer and he would need more help, he did spend a few months at Hillview Health Care Center recently. Covid hit about the same time so we were not able to be at his side like we would have been but we appreciate the amazing level of care Hillview gave him. We will always be thankful for the time we were able to spend at his side his final days.

Ron is preceded in death by his father, Norman, his mother, Delores, and his brother, Gary. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Jamie and Cassey (Bonsack) Melde, his 3 grandsons, James, Elijah, and Gabriel, his brother Daniel (Cheryl) Melde, his sister, Jean Melde, 3 nephews, Jason (Sarah) Melde, Jeremy (Jennie) Melde, Jon (Sarah) Melde, and many cousins.

A private interment will be held for family and close friends at the Catholic Cemetery in La Crosse. The family plans to have a Celebration of Life in the future when all will feel safe and comfortable being together to share photos, stories, and laughs together. Coulee Region Cremation Group is assisting the family.



  1. Timothy & Jan Dwyer

    Better by far
    You should forget
    And smile
    Than that you
    Remember and
    Be sad.

  2. Mike Olson

    Ron was a great guy. We knew each other since high school. We worked together at the Brewery also. He always had a smile on his face. We went on different paths after the Brewery closed. I didn’t know until recently he was Ill.My prayers are with you.

  3. Laura Garves

    I’m very sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. I didn’t know him well, but he was a cherished friend of my mom, Karen Ehlo. She always spoke fondly of him and appreciated his friendship very much. My thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.

  4. Amyjo Ehlo-Kane

    Ron was such a great friend to my Mother Karen. When she was going through her cancer treatments he would stop by to visit and bring her food to try to get her to eat.
    The Ehlo-Kane Family sends our prayers

  5. Joanie Path

    Jamie and Cassey,

    We r so sorry to hear about your dad. We will keep all of u in our thoughts and prayers and pray for your dad’s soul.

    Terry, Joanie, and Lilly Path

  6. Judy Vaccaro

    WELL I knew Mel aka Ron growing
    Up on the Northside Avon Street
    We partied a lot in those days of youth before marriage and kiddos
    Then we started to grow up and go our separate paths!
    One which is very eventful the day he married my bff Cheryl and then to even more of an eventful day was the birth of their son, Jamie
    Who was the apple of his dad’s eye
    As our paths moved on he and Cheryl were also present in Milwaukee for Geno and my 1st child’s birth which was supposed to be a brewers game
    Many memories well Mel geno and I miss you already
    Love Judy
    Ps. Jamie was born on my birthday!
    Jamie proud of you and Cassey

  7. Richard Dungar

    My prayers and sympathy to Dan, Cheryl, and the family


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