Obituary: Ronald ‘Dean’ Antonsen, 1957-2021 | Lost Coast Outpost


On November 27, 2021, Ronald “Dean” Antonsen passed away for that big and beautiful blue sky above, after enduring the last two months with serious health problems, he passed away peacefully.

Born February 23, 1957, he has lived his entire life here in Eureka. He was an avid hunter, loved to fish with his father growing up, and later in life with wonderful friends he enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing and camping at Ruth and Trinity Lakes. You will always find him and our family at birthday dinners at one of our local breweries or having a teppanyaki.

Dean graduated from Eureka High School in 1975 and received his Associate of Arts degree from the College of the Redwoods. He always repaired vehicles growing up and knew it would be his business. He worked at Vern’s Auto Repair in high school, then at Old Town Brake, before owning his own business, A & B Wheel, in Old Town. Dean and Ava, whom he loved very much, have kept in touch over the years, have always been there for each other, especially in recent years. They decided to get married at Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and it was a special day for them.

He passed away by his grandparents, Ole and Helen Antonsen and Walter and Marie Nelson, Father Bob Antonsen, Sister Sherri Antonsen, Uncle and Aunt John and Joyce Nelson, and Step-nephew Neil “Bryan” Hubbard , Jr. He is survived by his wife, Ava “Blackwell” Antonsen, “who loved him more than anything”, mother Anna K. Antonsen, sisters and their husbands, Lori and Jeff Weller and Tina and Neil Hubbard, uncle and aunt Carl and Joyce Nelson, the nephews and their husbands, Chris Weller (Brandy) and Nick Weller (Emily) and the step-niece and his wife Amy Borden (Huna), as well as the great-niece and the nephew.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Dean’s honor to your favorite charity. We miss you so much Dean and we love you… God bless you.


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