Ronald Paul Monday

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Ronald Paul Monday, 82, of Elizabethtown, passed away Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at his residence.

Ron was born in Millbury, Ohio, on June 1, 1931. He was the oldest living child of Bernadine and Carl Monday.

Ron followed his mother's proud tradition of achieving valedictorian status and was the valedictorian of Lake High School. He served as a Marine during the Korean War and drove a bread route for Sherlock Bakery in Toledo, Ohio. He retired as a letter carrier after 35 years, then drove a school bus in Tennessee for another eight years.

Ron loved cars, owning more than 100. His favorite was his 1955 Packard Patrician, which he restored to mint condition. According to good friend Ron Cousins, "Ron possessed a brilliant mind and an encyclopedic memory when it came to all things automotive and was often the go to guy when a question arose concerning any topic dealing with not only cars but anything with wheels." He was also an avid motorcyclist, especially his VW-engined BMW.

Ronald had a sharp wit and a good sense of humor. He could always be counted on to provide laughter. He had a joyful spirit and was a loyal friend. He loved his family and was proud of the people they had become, relishing in their achievements. He told friends he was so proud of the legacy he was leaving.

Ronald was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings; and one stepson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Dottie Monday; a son, Paul (Kathi) Monday of Elizabethtown; three daughters, Valerie (Bruce) Halperin of Woodside, Calif., Rebecca (Jon) Hebler and Eva Marie (Ron) Kupec, all of Toledo; three stepchildren, Libby Kibler of Covina, Calif., and Shelly (Bob) Willis and Beth Ann (Bob) Stevens, all of Upland, Calif.; two brothers, Warren (Christine) Monday and Wayne (Kathleen) Monday; one sister, Elaine (John) Czarnecki, all of Toledo; seven grandchildren Tessa Monday, Kelcy (Casey) Monday, Audra (Devin) Cook, David Hebler, Justin Hebler, Lauren (Chad) Trosin and Kirk Jensen; and two great-grandchildren, Cobi Kufel and Cage Trosin.

A graveside service, with military honors, is at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery-Central in Radcliff.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or Hosparus of Central Kentucky, P.O. Box 2149, Elizabethtown, KY 42702-9900.
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Published in The News-Enterprise on Nov. 14, 2013
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