Ronald Wesley Nissen Sr., 76, of Dundee, died Tuesday January 25, 2011 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, in Elmira.
There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service with full military honors will be held at noon on Monday, Feb. 21 at the Penn Yan Moose Lodge, 301 East Elm St. Penn Yan with Priscilla Andrews officiating.
The family respectfully requests no flowers; and wishes memorial contributions be made to a Trust Fund established for Ronald W. Nissen Jr. c/o Serv U Federal Credit Union 46 Millard St. Dundee 14837 .
Ronald was born Oct. 18, 1934 in Penn Yan, the son of Paul S. and Ruth Truax Nissen Sr.. He graduated from Penn Yan Academy. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict from 1952-1956. On May 8, 1997 in Penn Yan, he married the former Donna I. Selke.
A life long area resident Ron was a former manager for B.R. DeWitt Concrete, and a manager of Outlet Tire. Prior to his retirement in 1996 he was a driving force in the formation of the The Windmill, Farm & Craft Market of Penn Yan. His experience and knowledge was often called on as a consultant in the formation of other Farm & Craft Markets.
Mr. Nissen was very involved in the community. He was a founding member and First Governor when the Penn Yan Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge #2030 was Instituted in 1962; was a former member of the Penn Yan American Legion; a President of the Penn Yan Rotary Club from 1986-87 and named Rotarian of the Year in 1987; volunteered for the American Cancer Society, Daffodil Days, and at the Pancake Breakfast on StarShine Day; and was heavily involved years ago in the Yates County Junior Football League. When he was not working or volunteering he enjoyed woodworking, cheering for the Buffalo Bills, and spending time with his family.
He is loved and will be dearly missed by his wife of 13 years, Donna I. Nissen at home; five sons Aaron P. (Ana) Nissen of LaHabra, Calif., Ronald W. Nissen Jr. at home, Ryan D. (Heather) Nissen of Connecticut, Craig A. (Katie) Nissen of Rushville, Paul E.(Catie) Swarts of Corning; a daughter Mary Lou (Gary) Nealis of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; six grandchildren; four great grandchildren; three brothers Paul S. (Karen) Nissen, Gerald A. (Linda) Nissen, Thomas J. (Carol) Nissen; a sister Gail E. (David) Hillman all of Penn Yan; and several nieces, nephews, and in-laws.