Ronald Rea Sr.|
Ronald Dean Rea Sr., 79, of Granite City, Ill., born Aug. 30, 1936, in Greenville, Ill., passed away at 4:59 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
He retired in 1998 from ConRail after 20 years of dedicated service as an inspector. He had also worked for Terminal Railroad and for Dome Railway Services. Prior to his railroad service, he had also worked in the grocery business with A&P and also Guccione's Grocery Stores. He and his wife had been very active in, and he served as a past president of the Spina Bifida of Greater St. Louis for many years. One of the highlights of his life was attending Silver Dollar City and numerous art fairs with his dearest friends. He was always buying, refurbishing and selling something and was very good at it. He was a car and boat enthusiast, loved the outdoors and enjoyed his days of camping and fishing. He enjoyed his trips to the casino and enjoyed his many travels with a special group of friends. Ron enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending soccer games, baseball games, band concerts, motorcycle racing and school functions. His pride and joy was his Dachshund, "Petey."
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret L., nee Smith, Rea, whom he married Jan. 6, 1957, in Washington Park, Ill., and who passed away July 24, 1996; parents, Clarence Andrew and Della Marie, nee Bimes, Rea; a daughter, Margaret Leann Rea; and a brother, Clarence Lavern Rea.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie (Gary) Hency of Waterloo, Ill., Rhonda (Scott) May of Granite City, Ill., and Lisa (Gary) Jones of Collinsville, Ill.; a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald (Kathy) Rea II of Granite City, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Kyle and Meagan Hency, Kory Hency, Adam Stout, Zachary May, Kelly and Brad Bagwell, Sarah and Dustin Gentry, Leann Jones, Gary Jones II, Ashley Rea, Ronnie Rea III and Jacob Rea; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Betty Rea of Edwardsville, Ill.; special nieces and nephews; other extended family and many special friends.
Memorials may be made to Spina Bifida of Greater St. Louis or to the
and may be accepted at the funeral home. www.irwinchapel.com
Visitation: In celebration of his life, visitation will be from 4 until p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon, Ill.
IRWIN CHAPEL, Granite City, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Jan. 20, 2016