PEKIN - Ronald W. Boehm, 81, of Pekin, Ill., passed away at 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at Pekin Manor.
Ron was born on Aug. 28, 1932, in Rushville, Ill., to William and Florence (Taylor) Boehm. He married Betty Ruth Beabout on June 20, 1954, at St. James Lutheran Church in Vandalia, Ill.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife; his son, Timothy (Maura) Boehm of Annapolis, Md.; his daughter, Kimberly (Vince) Falone of Chatham, N.J.; and his grandchildren, Mary and Sarah Boehm of Annapolis and Grace, Sam and Cassandra of Chatham.
Ron graduated from Rushville High School in 1950 and then attended Monmouth College, where he played basketball for the Fighting Scots and was active in Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
He began his teaching career in Greenview and Virden high schools. He joined the Social Studies Department at Pekin High School in 1960 and served as department chairman from 1966 until 1985, when he became West Campus principal. He received masters' degrees in education administration and economics from the University of Illinois. He also taught economics for 20 years at Illinois Central College. In 1991, he was honored by the Tazewell County High School Administrators Association for 31 years of service to its youth.
He was a member of the National Social Studies Organization and served as its state president. Ron became a Mason in 1955 and a perpetual member of the Rushville Lodge. Community activities included the local Zoning Board of Appeals, treasurer of the Pekin Kiwanis, involvement in Channel 47, Red Cross blood donor (including over 100 platelet donations), a Pekin Library and YWCA supporter and Pekin Hospital escort. His greatest interest was with St. Paul United Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday school, served on the church board, chaired many committees and was president of the Churchmen's Fellowship.
Ron followed the Cardinals and enjoyed traveling, swimming, golf and bicycling.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Steve Welker officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory, 2131 Velde Drive, Pekin, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be at later date in Glendale Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul United Church of Christ or Monmouth College.
To view Ron's memorial tribute or to leave an online condolence, go to www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.
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