On November 27, 2021, Ronald “Dean” Antonsen, left us for that big beautiful blue sky up above, after enduring the last couple of months with severe health issues, he passed away peacefully.

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

Dean graduated from Eureka High School in 1975 and received his associate of arts degree from College of the Redwoods. He was always repairing vehicles growing up and knew this would be is trade. 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 dearly, kept in touch through the years, were always there for one another, especially the past few years. They decided to marry in St. Joseph Hospital, and a special day it was for them.

He is proceeded in death 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 that 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, nephews and their spouses, Chris Weller (Brandy) and Nick Weller (Emily) and step niece and her spouse Amy Borden (Huna), along with great niece’s and nephew. 

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


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