Ronald Dwain Roberts, 78, of Machesney Park passed away peacefully September 4, 2020 surrounded by his family. Born August 19, 1942 in Ottumwa, IA, the son of Bernard P. and Phyllis L. (Lawson) Roberts. Married Janet V. Summers on October 5, 1957 in Davenport, IA. Employed for 31 years by Rockford Powertrain retiring in 1997. A member of UAW, where he was a Union Steward for many years of Local 803. Ronald loved his Harley Davidson Motorcycles and Trikes, traveling all over the US. He enjoyed singing and was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan. Most of all, enjoyed watching his grandkids and great grandkids participate in sports and theatre.
Survivors include wife of 62 years and 11 months, Janet; children, Deborah (Mark) Ritchie, Ronald Roberts II; sisters, Connie Pearson, Treva (Ron Rawhoof) Fox; grandchildren, Mark (Jen) Ritchie II, Amanda (Patrick) Smith, Treasure Roberts, Nicole Roberts; and great grandchildren, Taylor (Layne Palm) Ritchie, Carson Ritchie, Emma Ritchie, Kirsten Bronsen, David Bronsen, Willow Streit, Grace Smith, Dallas, Pixler, Kaydin Pixler, Zariyah Garr. Predeceased by parents and sisters, Donna Sorrentino, JoAnn Ferraro. Special thanks to OSF Hospice, especially nurse Rebecca.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in Honquest Family Funeral Home with Crematory – Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park. Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in the funeral home and again from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Burial in Livingston Cemetery, Caledonia. Please follow social distancing guidelines as provided by the CDC and wear masks.
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