Ronald Lewis Candler, 86, of the town of Sioux Creek, rural Chetek, Wis., died Monday, June 15, 2020, at his home, which was the place of his birth. He was born May 27, 1934, to Lewis and Stella (Dennis) Candler. He attended Sioux Creek Elementary School and graduated from Chetek High School in 1952.
On March 27, 1954, he was married to Carol K. Amundson at Dallas Lutheran Church. Together they operated a dairy farm and Ron also worked in construction, which he found enjoyable due to the variety of projects. After years in construction, Ron enlarged the dairy herd and also bought and sold cattle and horses. He was an avid reader, especially enjoying westerns. He sang and played country music on his guitar. He also played softball for many years and was a fan of the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers. He enjoyed travel and took several memorable trips to southern and western states, as well as visiting four islands of Hawaii.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children Sharon (Douglas) Balts, of Dallas, Wis., Andy D. (Rhonda) Candler, of Chetek, Rebecca K. Grubbs, of Sun Valley, Nev., Jeffery A. (Roslyn) Candler, of Chetek, and Ricky R. (Ninette) Candler, of Merrill, Wis.; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Wallace and Leslie Candler; and sisters Irma Losey, Genieve Davis, Francis Hollister-Berg, Evelyn Vermies, Velma Candler and Helen Yetterberg.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 20, at Dallas Lutheran Church, with Revs. D. Peter Friberg and David Thomassen officiating. Interment followed in Dallas Cemetery.
Visitation was held on Friday, June 19, at Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Home in Dallas and also for the hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.
Arrangements are with Rausch-Lundeen Funeral Homes, Dallas and Cameron.