Ronald W. Black 1943 - 2012 Washington, IL
Ronald W. Black, 68, of Washington, IL, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL. Born on November 28, 1943 in Topeka, KS to Wayne Curtis and Mildred Marjorie Ward Black, he married Carolyn Sue Daffron on December 30, 1967 in Peoria, IL. She survives. Also surviving are 3 sons, Phillip (Lisa) Black of Tremont, IL, Patrick (Michelle) Black of Evansville, IN, and Steven (Megan) Black of Jacksonville, FL, 4 grandchildren, Kaitlin, Jacob, Samantha, and Allison, and 1 sister, Deana (Bill) Rader of Sedalia, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ron was a US Army veteran, stationed at Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory in Hanover, NH. He performed research in Greenland and Alaska. Ron worked as an Engineer at Caterpillar Tractor Company for 42 years, retiring in 2008. An active and faithful member of Washington Christian Church, Ron served as a Deacon, sang in the choir, and maintained the church database for 17 years. A proud graduate of Kansas University with a degree in Civil Engineering, Ron was an avid KU basketball fan. He enjoyed coaching his boys in various sports and spending time with his family, camping, fishing and sailing. He was also a car enthusiast, and enjoyed tinkering on various cars over the years. He was known for his ability to repair, diagnose, or build just about anything. He loved spending time with his family, including the grandchildren, and his church family. A celebration of life service for Ron will be 6 pm Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Washington Christian Church. Pastor Jeff Browning and Pastor Ron Good will officiate. An ice cream sundae bar and light refreshments will follow the service at the church. There will be no visitation, and cremation rites have will be accorded. Deiters Funeral Home and Crematory are assisting the family with arrangements. Inurnment will be private at Glendale Cemetery in Washington at a later date. Memorials may be made to Washington Christian Village. Rons memorial website is available at www.deitersfuneralhome.com where condolences may also be sent to the family.