Chesterton Tribune

Service set for Dr. Ronald Raelson

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Ronald August Raelson, D.O., of Valparaiso, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. He was 60.

Born May 17, 1949 in Valparaiso, he was the son of August and Harriett (Jungjohan) Raelson, who preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife Charlene; children Noelle Raelson, Kristel Kuwabara (husband Yuki) and Andrew Raelson; granddaughter Zelie Raelson; siblings Rebecca Skonicki (Francis), Roberta Raelson, Roger Raelson, and Rorie Horsely (Chris); and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

After graduating from Valparaiso High School in 1967, Ron attended Valparaiso University and completed his undergraduate degree at Indiana University in 1972. He received his Masters Degree in Microbiology at the University of Minnesota in 1974 and pursued doctoral studies at Michigan State University. After directing the microbiology department at Porter Memorial Hospital, Ron entered medical school, graduating with the President’s Award for Academic Excellence from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1987. Upon completing residency, Ron practiced family medicine in Valparaiso and Chesterton, and for the last 15 years he had been with the Westchester Medical Group in Chesterton.

Through his many accomplishments, Ron remained connected to and proud of his Swedish heritage, taking a trip of a lifetime in 2007 with his father, wife and siblings to connect with his Swedish extended family. Ron enjoyed traveling with his wife to many destinations, meeting wonderful friends along the way. He also looked forward to fishing at the river, gathering with his family and caring for his many patients. He will be truly missed by all.

Friends may visit on Friday, Feb. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at Bartholomew’s, with Pastor Mike Eddy officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in honor of his mother, Harriett Raelson. To sign a guestbook, visit


Posted 2/18/2010