Ronald Raymond Milton
JACKSONVILLE, IL - Ronald Raymond Milton, 65, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at St. John's Hospice in Springfield.
He was born Nov. 24, 1948, in Bloomington, the son of Raymond Eugene and Carolyn Morrell Milton. He married Sandra K. Evans on Oct. 6, 1968, in Jacksonville, and she survives.
He is also survived by his mother, Carolyn Milton of Jacksonville; two brothers, Terry Eugene (wife, Deb) Milton of Decaturville, Mo., and Dale Lee Milton of Jacksonville; and 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 driving sprint cars from 1968-98. After Ronnie quit racing, he served as the Director of Competition at the 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 held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Williamson Funeral Home, with burial at Diamond Grove Cemetery. Friends may call after Noon on Tuesday at the funeral home, where family will meet friends from 4 to 7 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to: Pathway Services Unlimited or St. John's Hospice.
Condolences may be left online at airsman-hires.com.
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