Obituary for \r\n\t\t\t\t\t\t\t\t Ron Newell Andersen\n\r\n\t\t\t\tRon Newell Andersen—a teacher to hundreds, a mentor to many, and a friend to all—died October 22, 2016, at his home in Provo, Utah, surrounded by his loving wife and five devoted children. He was 75. \n\nBorn March 23, 1941 in Tremonton, Utah to Robert James and Hilma Naomi Corbridge Andersen, Ron was a cowboy from the beginning to the end. He dearly loved his ranch outside Tremonton, and his weathered hands worked the land, built the home in which his children were happily raised, and jimmied a solution to every broken thing and misplaced part. He was happiest on horseback or behind the wheel of a truck or 4-wheeler, and the great outdoors was his heaven on earth.\n\nEducated at Bear River High School, Utah State University, Weber State University, and Brigham Young University, he was wise beyond his education, and people of all ages and stations in life sought his advice and benefited from his counsel. He taught seminary for the LDS Church Education System for more than 35 years in Clearfield and Garland, Utah, and his students remember him as a warm, witty, loving instructor who worshiped God with both his words and his deeds and who believed in people more than they believed in themselves. An active Scouter, he was awarded the Silver Beaver for distinguished service and logged countless hours in tents and on hiking trails, trusting that struggling boys would grow into stalwart men when they had opportunities for hard work and service and when they knew they were unconditionally loved. A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for all of his life, he served as a missionary in Norway and then shared his talents in church callings that shaped and defined him, including service in the Young Men’s organization, the Sunday School, the stake presidency, and as stake patriarch.\n\nHe will be remembered for his teasing jokes, his wildly entertaining stories, his powerful testimony, his unfailing work ethic, his generous smile, and his willingness to come at any time of night to help any neighbor in need, and then to lie about having already been awake.\n\nIn his later years, when Parkinson’s Disease robbed him of his strength and stamina, it also gave him a softness we treasured. During this time, he taught us patience and allowed us to show him a small measure of the service he had long showed all of us.\n\nHis memory will be cherished and kept alive by his adoring eternal wife and longtime caretaker, Ruth Eileen Owen Andersen; children RonNell Andersen Jones (KC), Erik Andersen, ShaLynn Nielson (Nik), Cortney Clemmer (Jeff), and Holly Andersen; his seven grandchildren, and his sister, Faye Hirschi. \n\nThe family wishes to thank Elevation Hospice for its thoughtful service and Nathan Zurcher for his tender care. Friends are invited to celebrate Ron’s life in Provo at a viewing from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Oak Hills Stake Center, 925 E. North Temple Drive, or on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Tremonton West Stake Center, 345 S. 1000 W. (Iowa String), where a viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and a funeral will follow at 11 a.m. Interment in the Logan City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute donation to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.