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Ronald Charles Joseph Nelson II
February 18, 1970 January 21, 2014

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Heaven gained a mighty Angel.  Ronald Charles Joseph Nelson II at the young age of 43 died in his Pleasanton home surrounded by his family.  Ron was a remarkable husband, an unbelievable father, and a most caring and giving son and brother.  Ron cared about everyone he ever met and all who met him learned something valuable.  Ron was a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley for 17 years and in that time grew great respect and many friendships.  Ron battled Mesothelioma for almost 2 years and left us all too soon.  Ron is survived by his wife Joanna Nelson, son Torin Nelson (16), and daughter Madison Nelson (13) of Pleasanton, his father Ronald Nelson Sr. of Alameda, and his mother Linda Vasquez of Sanger.  Ronald has a brother Anthony Vasquez of Fresno, and step-brother Jimmy Vasquez of Union City, and step-sister Della Estrada and uncle to Alex Estrada of Union City.  Ron also has 4 nieces Kiana Miller and Kalia Miller of Stockton, Alexis and Natalie Vasquez of Sanger, and nephew Nikco Miller of Manteca, and aunts Celia Moya of Sanger, Stella Ureno of Ceres, Sara Ramirez of Sanger and uncle Manuel Salazar of Fresno along with many cousins from the Sanger area.  Ron also has aunt Debra Morris Nelson of Kansas and Randall Sanchez of San Leandro, aunt Roberta Nava of Oakland and cousin Sherry Delarosa.  Ron was an amazing man who cared about our youth.  He coached baseball and football in Fremont for 20 years and only quit due to his illness. Ron was a giving person and he always went out of his way to make someone happy.  Through his battle these last couple of years it has made all of us who know him and love him so much stronger.  Ron has a multitude of family and friends who adore him.  Ron touched so many lives with his positive outlook and glorious smile.  Whenever there was a problem Ron would fix it, whenever someone was in trouble Ron would fix it, and whenever someone just needed a friend or confidant Ron would be there.  Ron battled this illness like no other.  His strength and outlook on life in general was amazing.  Ron Nelson, thank you for your inspiration and wise words, you will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be held on Mon., January 27, from 5-8pm with a Vigil at 7pm at Fremont Memorial Chapel, 3723 Peralta Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tues., January 28, 10:30am at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 37588 Fremont Blvd., Fremont, CA 94536.  Burial will follow at Irvington Memorial Cemetery, in Fremont.  If you would like to make a donation on behalf of Ron Nelson, please visit  You will see his photo and can donate on the website.  God Bless you Ron.  May you SHINE ON!

Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Saturday, January 25, 2014