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“Greg,Jeff,Julie and family Iam truely sorry for your loss. From what I remember of your father he was a really nice man. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Carmia Michael - friend

“Diana,Greg,Jeff,Julie,Kelli,and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ronnie was a wonderful person. He will be missed by many. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Tana Morgan - friend

“Diana, so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family. Love & Hugs, Angel (Carley) Hagge ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Angel Hagge - Clinton, IA

“Diana, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Don Farber - Bonita Springs, FL

“So sorry for your loss.... u r in my thoughts and prayers... he was a very nice person ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Molli Overturf

“Our thoughts &prayers are with you all!!! ”
6 of 17 | Posted by: Jamie & Karmen Hodgdon

“Our hearts go out to you, but my what a way to go - one we all wish for! ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: Roger & Gail Chinn - grassy butte, ND

“Our condolences to Diana and the family. Ronnie will never be forgotten. ”
8 of 17 | Posted by: Barb & Jerry Ahrens - Kingsley, IA

“"Ronnie's" won't be the same. I remember looking forward to finishing supper so we could go ask Ronnie permission to have a sucker as a child and as...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Abbie Susie - Kingsley

“Dear Diane Brock, Kelli, Julie, Greg, Jeff and families~ I cannot find the words to express how sorry I am for the loss of Ronnie. I have been...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Jana Hoppe - Pierson, IA

“Diana and family --- My heartfelt sympathy to you all. Ron was always a joy to visit with and someone you could always count on to have a ready...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Irwin - Kinston, NC - Friend

“Ronnie was the high light of the Gas Lantern, besides the chicken and fries of course. He always greeted everyone with his friendly smile. Pierson...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Tim & Lisa Carlson - Kingsley, IA

“Our hearts go out to Ronnie's family and friends. We have fond memories of the Nairn and Denlinger families and we send our sympathies. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Louis and Dorothy (Farber) Blackburn - IA

“We express our condolences to you. While family and friends will miss Ronnie he will always be remembered for his kind heart, joyful personality and...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Norm & Dot Carver - Cumming, GA

“So very sorry to hear of your loss. A great man has crossed over. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: George and Denise Fagler - IA

“Our hearts and prayers go out to you. He will be missed by so many people as he touched the lives of all he met. Debby and Steve Jantz ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Debby and Steve Jantz - Kingsley, IA

“Diana and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. ”
17 of 17 | Posted by: Mike & Deb Kraft


Ronald (Ronnie) Gary Nairn,76, beloved father, grandfather, husband, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on September 24th during a fishing vacation in northern Minnesota shortly after having caught "the big one". Ronnie was born February 6th 1937 in Sioux City, IA. The second child and first born son of Lloyd and Viola (Van Buskirk) Nairn. Ronnie grew up on an Iowa farm in the rural area known as Grand Meadow with his sister Alice and brother Gerald. As a young boy Ronnie developed a lifelong love for fishing, hunting, and team sports. He was an exceptional athlete playing baseball and basketball for Grand Meadow high school from which he was a 1955 graduate. His love of sports carried over through his adult life as he was always present at the games of his children and grandchildren to cheer them on.
Ronnie attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE after graduating from high school. He was united in marriage to his first wife Lillian Saxen on May 23, 1958. From this union children Greg, Jeff, and Julie were born. He was a successful salesmen in his early adult life prior to acquiring the Gas Lantern restaurant and bar on September 11th, 1972. He was united in marriage to his second wife, Diana Denlinger, on March 19th, 1975. Diana brought Ron a son, Brock, from a previous marriage. From this union daughter Kelli was born. Together Ronnie and Diana operated the Gas Lantern over four decades gaining region wide recognition for their famous pressure fried chicken. Although declining health forced Ronnie into retirement he could always be seen sitting at his favorite stool watching the business activity and conversing with his many customers. Ronnie had a special soft spot for individuals struggling with life's difficulties and was always there to lend a helping hand. Ronnie was a long standing member of the Masonic Lodge and the Abu-Bekr Shrine Temple.
Survivors include his wife, Diana, of 38 years; five children, Greg Nairn of Pierson and special friend Karyn Salmon of Bronson, Jeff Nairn of Pierson, and Brock (Stacy) Harris of Moville, Julie Chinn and special friend Kerry Rabbass of Pierson, Kelli (Ryan) Schutt of Sioux City; siblings Alice (Keith) Mansfield of Pocahontas and Gerald (Sally) Nairn of Harlan; 8 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father Lloyd, mother Viola,grandson Casey Lee Chinn, and in-laws Clair (Pat) and Ada (Fixsel) Denlinger.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Abu Bekr Transportation Fund, 820 Nebraska St., Sioux City, IA 51101.

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