August 20, 2022
Cedar Falls Christian Church
2727 W. 4th St.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Ronald “Ron” Lee Sells, 87, died Monday, August 8th at Parkview Manor in Reinbeck, while under the care of Cedar Valley Hospice. A family directed memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 AM at the Cedar Falls Christian Church, 2727 W. 4th St., Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will take place at the Beaver Grove Cemetery in New Hartford. Memorials may be directed to the family. Parrott and Wood Chapel of Memories in Waterloo is assisting the families. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.parrottandwood.com
Ron was born on January 21, 1935, in New Hartford, Iowa, to his parents Earl & Frances (Hyde) Sells. He attended school in New Hartford, graduating in the class of 1953. After high school, Ron proudly enlisted in the National Guard, where he honorably served his country for three years. Ron married Shirley Mills in 1953; the couple had one son, and were later divorced. He went on to marry Marlys Kiel in 1958; the couple had three children, and also divorced.
He worked as a long-time welder but also owned several gas stations throughout the years including: Ron’s DX in Waterloo and the Crossroads Philips station, for 5 years. Ron also bought and sold cars alongside Rodger Alberts.
Ron was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Turkey Foot Long Rifles, the Smokey Ridge Muzzle Loaders out of Steamboat Rock, IA and the Iowa River Muzzle Loaders out of Marshalltown; it is safe to say Ron loved his muzzleloaders! He was also a 30-year lead guitar member of the band, 3 of a Kind. He loved to travel which included some of his favorite trips to Germany, Switzerland and Austria, in which he enjoyed with his daughter Angie in 2008. He was also able to travel to Japan with the Kubiks and Doug and Angie in 2012 and to Norway, Sweden and Denmark in 2014. In Ron’s earlier years, he was very involved in stock car racing.
He loved to joke around and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was very kind and accepting and was loved very dearly by his family. Ron was very proud of his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and they will miss him beyond measure.
Ron is survived by his children Timothy (Diana) Sells of Dysart, IA Angie (Doug) Buffington of Morrison, IA, Dan Sells (special friend Wren Einck) of Reinbeck, IA and Jody (Larry) Nielsen of Parkersburg, IA; grandchildren Rena (Lucas Peter) Sells, Russ Sells, Nikki Nielsen, Kevin Sells and Kylee Sells; great-grandchildren Paisley & Vincent; brother Darrell (Jan) Sells of Cedar Falls; several nieces and nephews. He rejoins in Heaven his parents; sister Earllene Smith; daughter-in-law Debra Sells.
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