Ronald A. Ambers, 87, of La Crosse, Wis., died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Tweeten Lutheran Healthcare Center, Spring Grove.

He was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Eau Claire, Wis., to Albert and Grace (Maas) Ambers. Ron served in the United States Coast Guard as a Merchant Marine during WWII, hauling supplies around the world.

He was employed as a tool-and-die maker for Trane Company in La Crosse for 33 years. After his retirement, he enjoyed driving automobiles for Ray Hutson of La Crosse.

Ron never married but spent many years enjoying the companionship of his special friend, Connie Dahler of Spring Grove. Connie preceded him in death Dec. 11, 2012.

In December 1970, Ron accepted the Lord, Jesus Christ into his life. He would like to thank Rev. Francis Jones and Dick Geiwitz for helping him grow in his Christian faith.

He enjoyed ushering at Bethany Ev. Free Church and working on mission trips in Jamaica, Ecuador and Florida.

He also enjoyed ministry at the Upper Room Coffee House and the La Crosse County Jail, where he helped with the jail Bible study for many years. Ron would like to thank his Lord, Jesus for giving him a better life and the hope of Heaven. He looked forward to meeting Jesus in glory.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Mary Jane Ambers of Eau Claire, Wis.; nieces and nephews; and many Christian brothers and sisters.

In addition to his special friend, Connie, Ron was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry; and a sister, Virginia (Gordon) Loken.

Funeral services were Feb. 1 at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), La Crosse. Military honors were rendered immediately following the service at the funeral home by the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52 of La Crosse. Private entombment was in the Gardens of Peace Mausoleum at Mormon Coulee Memorial Park Cemetery.

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