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Ronald Kolden

Ronald Alvin Kolden, age 78, of Carrington, ND, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019, in Carrington Health Center after a struggle with pneumonia.

He was born August 29, 1941, to Anton and Fern Kolden, in Minot, ND. He was in the Air Force from November 4, 1959 through October 1, 1963.

On June 23, 1967, he was united in marriage to Diane Downie in Makoti, ND. They then moved to Carrington in 1971. He worked for Anderson Sales, C & J Farm Equipment, and Ron’s Sooper Stop.

He was very blessed with the gift of playing the accordion and piano by ear. He shared his gift by playing in nursing homes, small gathering, and anywhere he visited that had a piano or a heaping plate of lutefisk up for grabs. He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He will be remembered for his great sense of humor, his kindness, and his beautiful gift of music he shared with many.

Ron is survived by his girlfriend, Janice; daughter, Kristin (Chris) Husler, West Fargo, ND; one granddaughter, Kelsey; one grandson, Justin; four great-grandchildren, Braxton, Auvianna, Gracelynn, and Kennadie; two sisters, Sandra Rue, Plaza, ND, Lorraine Forsman, Ryder, ND; and many nieces and nephews.

Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Diane; parents; one son, Scott; one infant son, Michael; one brother, and two sisters.

Visitation will be Saturday, 12:00PM-1:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 1:00PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Carrington.

Burial will be at the Carrington Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry about Ron. We always enjoyed it when he came to the Wood family events. Mom really enjoyed his piano music on her 99th birthday on October 4th. His big smile, gentleness and kindness will be greatly missed.

  2. So sorry for your loss of a wonderful and loving man. He will be Greatly missed. He brought so much joy to others.

  3. I bowled with his wife, Diane for years, their son Scott was a good friend of our daughter, and I visited Ron at work many times as my husband sent me to him for different fittings etc. Ron was a very nice man and would help most people. His music was so nice to listen to. I will miss his smile.

  4. We will miss Ron and his friendship, humor and wonderful music. I do envied his talent of playing by ear.
    Mike will surely be lost without him. No more suffering for him – he is reuniting with his wife and son.
    He was so very proud of his precious family.

  5. God bless the family of Ron and may your memories be your comfort. Ron was such a nice man and so talented, he will be missed.


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