MENDOTA – Ronald A. Griswold, 58, of Mendota, Ill., died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Born May 19, 1954, in Sycamore, the son of Merrill "Bud" and Peggy Lou (Baker) Griswold, he married Patti Haugen on June 7, 1975, in DeKalb.
Ron was a graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School, class of 1972 and received his associate degree from Kishwaukee Community College. He worked as a service technician at Wiese Planning and Engineering in LaSalle.
Ron loved his family, home, working on muscle cars, dancing, music, colors of fall and most of all the "great outdoors" (God's country). Hunting was his passion, along with all winter sports and spring gardening/landscaping. Ron worked hard on his home and yard. He was successful in life by touching so many people with his true and sincere personality. Ron will be dearly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Patti of Mendota; three children, Nathan Griswold of Mendota, Melanie (Kyle) Johnson of Farmington and Kristopher Griswold of Milan; one grandson, Gauge Allen Matthew Johnson; two brothers, Randall (Colleen) Griswold of Green Bay, Wis., and Ricky (Connie) Griswold of Jackson, Mo.; two sisters, Debra (Roger) Hodgkinson of Genoa and Robin (Shawn) Brewington of Stillman Valley; mother-in-law, Lois Haugen of Wilton, N.D.; several nieces and nephews; and his two four-legged companions, Pike and Tootsie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Earl Haugen; brother-in-law, John Crittenden; and loving dog, Brut.
The visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, 607 10th Ave., Mendota. His funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at St. John's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Dale Peterson officiating. Burial will be at the Genoa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for the National Stroke Association, the Shriner's Children's Hospital or Safe House Animal Shelter in Mendota in care of Slater-Butala Funeral Home, 132 W. Main St., Genoa, IL 60135.
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