Ronald Raymond Milton, 65, of Jacksonville died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield. He was born November 24, 1948, in Bloomington, the son of Raymond Eugene and Carolyn Morrell Milton. He married Sandra K. Evans on October 6, 1968, in Jacksonville, and she survives.
He also is survived by his mother, Carolyn Milton of Jacksonville; two brothers, Terry Eugene (wife, Deb) Milton of Decaturville, Mo., and Dale Lee Milton of Jacksonville; nieces and nephew, Kim (companion, Michael Langdon) Burleson of Jacksonville, Charles Ray (wife, Lori) Milton of Richmond Hill, Ga., Susie (husband, Ray) Chrisop of Portland, Ore., and Cathy (fiancé, Larry) McFeeters of Champaign; and many great-nieces, great-nephews and in-laws. His father preceded him in death.
Ronnie was a machinist for the State of Illinois for 25 years. He discovered his passion for racing at a young age, driving go-karts he built with his father and brother, and continued his love for racing by driving sprint cars from 1968 to 1998. After Ronnie quit racing, he served as the director of competition at Jacksonville Raceway and was proud to have been voted into the Jacksonville Speedway Hall of Fame earlier this year.
Later in life, Ronnie developed an interest in experimental aircraft and spent countless hours flying and working on airplanes, eventually building his own plane. He also loved music, playing the banjo and drums in his own band; crappie fishing; and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He was a member of First Christian Church.
A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Williamson Funeral Home with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after noon Tuesday at the funeral home, where family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials are suggested to Pathway Services Unlimited or St. John's Hospice. Condolences may be left online at www.airsman-hires.com.
Williamson Funeral Home
1405 Lincoln Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Apr. 14, 2014