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Ronald Clonts

1933 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Ronald Clonts Obituary
Ronald Boston Clonts passed away peacefully on December 29, 2013. He will be missed and remembered dearly by his children, Winifred Laura Clonts, Heidi Anne Clonts Scott (Kenneth Scott), Jeffrey Frederick Clonts (Robert Ryan), and John Eldon Clonts (David Gall), a trio of grandchildren, Ronald Andrew Clonts, Boston James Scott and Jeffrey Eldon Scott and step-grandchildren Cynthia Sue Wilson and James William Scott. His leadership and integrity was valued highly by the many colleagues and employees whose lives he touched as a Senior Finance Executive with Eagle Finance. His strong principles influenced hundreds of singers whose lives he touched as the director of the touring High School choir at the Glenview Community Church (GCC) called The Singing Stones, at whose reunion in August he was honored to conduct their final, signature song, "Let There Be Peace on Earth." Ron was born to John Emmett Clonts and Laura Lipscomb (nee Boston) Clonts on February 11, 1933 in Oakland, Florida, a town of 300 near Winter Park. He had two older brothers who predeceased him, Maj. John Emmett Clonts, Jr. and Dr. Wilber Tillman Clonts. He attended Stetson University for two years until he met his artistic and life-long partner, Sally Anne Wonderlic, at Interlochen Summer Music Camp where he sang Pinkerton and she sang Butterfly in the opera Madame Butterfly. He transferred to Northwestern University to finish his Bachelor Degree in Music and they married soon after graduation on September 10, 1955. Since Sally's passing four years ago he talked about her every single day. He served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant aboard the USS Bolster. He then served as an instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station until he left the service, joined General Finance and returned to Northwestern University to earn a Master's degree in Business Management. In 1962, Ron joined E.F. Wonderlic and Charles F. Wonderlic to found Eagle Finance. Although he stopped working as a professional musician, he never stopped singing. His warm, tenor voice was a gift to all who heard it. Members of the GCC will recall him singing the tenor solos in classical works, such as the Verdi Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Handel's Messiah. Others may be more familiar with his recording of "My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose," and his love of spirituals, including "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" sung at every Christmas Eve midnight service for decades. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. at the Glenview Community Church, 1000 Elm St., Glenview, IL 60025. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to the Glenview Community Church music program.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Jan. 1, 2014
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