Ronald J. Doetsch, 78, of Swansea, Ill., born Feb. 8, 1938, died peacefully on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Belleville, Ill., with his loving family near.
Ron was a Track and Field athlete while attending Belleville Township High School, where he held a 440 Relay record for many years. In 1962, Ron graduated from
St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and remained a dedicated pharmacist for many years. In later years, he worked as a drug counselor at Gateway Center in Granite City, Ill., where he supported and inspired many young men in their recoveries.
After suffering a stroke in 1999, Ron bore poor health with courage, fortitude and
never a complaint.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Helen, nee Stricker, Doetsch; and his former wife, Pat, nee Martin, Doetsch.
He leaves behind his loving children, Dennis (Marianne) Doetsch of Swansea, Ill., Scott Doetsch of O'Fallon, Ill., and Laurie (Richard) Barcum of Alton, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Ian, Alexander, Beth, Richy, Ryan, Curtis and Jennifer; five great-grandchildren; and two brothers, David (Vicki) Doetsch of Shiloh, Ill., and Ken (Dorothy) Doetsch of Springfield, Ill.
Friends may register online at: www.KalmerMemorialServices.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Kalmer Memorial Services, located on Rt. 50 between Lebanon and O'Fallon, Ill.
Service: A Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, following the visitation.
KALMER MEMORIAL SERVICES, Lebanon, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat from Mar. 22 to Mar. 23, 2016