Ronald Lawson

Ronald Dale Lawson, 80, of Boone, passed away surrounded by family on July 6.

He was born on April 11, 1940, in Webster County, the son of Wayne and Arlene Lawson. 

Ron was raised on their family farm in the Jefferson area, along with his two brothers, Gary and Ed Lawson. Working on the farm was where Ron developed his strong work ethic and humble nature. 

On Sept. 20, 1963, Ron was united in marriage to Diana Kafer. The couple later welcomed two daughters, Lynn and Susan.

Ron served in the Iowa Air National Guard in Fort Dodge from October 1962 to September 1968. Along with his military service, he spent time working for Western Electric, Northwestern Bell and AT&T. With the help of his wife, Ron started his business, Lawson Communications, in September of 1991. Ron was dedicated to the telephone business until his retirement in 2015 after 55 years of work.

Following his retirement, Ron spent his time enjoying coffee and company at the Dutch Oven Bakery, weekly supper clubs with friends, attending his grandchildren’s activities, working in his yard or on home improvements with his grandson, and traveling with his wife and family. Ron was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Boone. 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Arlene Lawson.

He is survived by his wife, Diana Lawson; daughters Lynn (Tim) Johnson and Sue (Mark) Lawson; grandchildren Lance and Taylor Johnson; and two brothers, Gary Lawson and Ed (Donna) Lawson. 

The family will have a private graveside service at Linwood Park Cemetery in Boone, with Pastor Matthew Martens officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family to be used at their discretion.

Schroeder-Stark-Welin Funeral Home, 609 7th St., Boone, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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