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November 18, 2018

3/16/2017 7:29:00 AM
Ronald Huigen

It is with the deepest sadness that our family announces that Ron Huigen, 63, passed away, peacefully, Feb. 9, 2017 after a hard-fought battle with complications resulting from hepatitis C.

Ron was born Sept. 23, 1953 in Green Bay, moving to Rhinelander, where he grew up. As it worked out, he attended a different school every two years and before long he knew everyone. This led the way to his becoming president of his class in high school. However, "White Dove," as he was fondly known in Wisconsin, was not destined to remain there, leaving the night he graduated high school to pursue the first of many adventures, beginning in beautiful Colorado. There, Ron worked underground as an explosives expert at Climax Molybdenum Mine, performed the night audit at the Best Western in Frisco where he met his future wife, Elise, and was foreman of the company that built the Frisco Mall. At one point he and a friend constructed a geodesic dome in the mountains where they lived with no modern conveniences. After moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1987, he started off building homes, and moved on to become a business machine technician.

He loved the outdoors, was an avid skier, loved golf, scuba diving, hang-glided, and always had a good book nearby. He back-packed across Europe, and traversed the western United States on his numerous road trips. He had a unique, down-to-earth perception of life and lived by his own rules.

Ron's magnetic smile and larger-than-life sense of humor brightened everyone's day. His funny antics made people smile till the very end. He loved people (though he always professed to "hate everyone"), and was welcoming to friends and strangers alike, always lending a helping hand whenever needed. He was special to all who knew him. Many times he said "if I died tomorrow, I'd have no complaints, I've had a great life."

He was predeceased by his parents, Virginia and Glen Huigen of Rhinelander. Ron will be dearly missed by his wife of 36 years, Elise, his brother, Gary, of Rhinelander, and his sister, Kathryn Cook of Appleton; and numerous in-laws in New York, Florida and Oregon; and many good friends across the country; as well as his cherished dog, Remy, and cats, Frisco and Zena.

As Ron wanted, there will be no service, and his ashes will be dispersed later at a final resting place.

Our sweet Ron, my sunshine, words cannot express how much you will be missed. You will forever be in our hearts.

A gathering of friends of White Dove will commence at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at Mulligan's Bar and Grill at Northwood Golf Course in Rhinelander.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 14, 2018
Article comment by: Charles Toleno

I was up in Wisconsin and decided to look up one of my fondest friends. We worked together at Climax mine and roomed together for awhile. Awfully sorry to find this when searching for him. What a great fun guy. If I get back to Fla, I will look up his family. So sorry.

Posted: Friday, March 17, 2017
Article comment by: Jane Lewis

I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a friend of my brother Charlie's in high school. I remember Ron as being quite the character and fun. From the obituary, I see that he remained as he began, a great liver of life. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and siblings.

Jane Lewis

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