Ronald E. "Black Horse," Chavers Ph.D.
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UTRECHT, Netherlands - Utrecht, Netherlands - Ronald E. "Black Horse" Chavers, Ph.D., graduated life on the 5th of July at the age of 89, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, after several months of declining health. Ronald was born on February 1, 1931, in Urbana, Ohio to Raymond P. and Amanda L. (Buckney) Chavers. He has led a remarkable life, meeting, collaborating and inspiring a lot of people. He has done so many things in his life and all the things he did he did with full conviction. Ronald was a boxer in his teen years, served in the US Army in Germany, studied Theology, Economics, and Arts and finally graduated with a doctoral degree in Philosophy in Berlin, Germany. He traveled all over the world and has worked internationally with multiple Universities and organizations. He was an African-Native-American Philosopher, methodologist and Professor of Cultural and Symbolic Studies, affiliated with the Intercultural Open University, member of the League of International Universities, International Council of Higher Education (official UNESCO non-governmental organization). He founded the intercultural and interdisciplinary institute DIES, -Community for Development - History, in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He developed his own type of martial arts, performed cultural and shamanistic dances, wrote Haiku's, and painted 10 meter long paintings. Ronald also authored several books and articles which are held in the Ronald Chavers Foundation. Some of his works can be viewed at www.ronaldchavers.com.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Mayumi Chavers-Egawa, his daughters, Keiko (Gregory Penney) Penney Chavers, Reika (Cedric Sijlbing) Chavers, his grandchildren, Koi Penney Chavers, Aiko Sijlbing Chavers, Ami Penney Chavers, and his sister, Kathryn A. (Chavers) Portis, Nieces and nephews, Tonya Stillgess, Allen Gregory (Denise) Portis, Sr., Lucilla (Jeffrey) Harris, Michael R. (Debora Pariano) Portis, Pamela J. (Michael Reeves) Portis Harris, Angela L. Portis, Gretchen I. (Tyrone) Moore, and many great-nieces/nephews and cousins. Ronald was preceded in death by his parents Raymond P. and Amanda (Buckney) Chavers, his son, Yoshi Chavers, his sister, Sophia J (Chavers) Turner, brother-in-law Lester Portis, Jr. and his niece, Marcella A. Portis. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend to many. We will all miss him dearly. Warm regards, Familie Chavers-Egawa. Correspondence: farewellronald@gmail.com



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Published in Urbana Daily Citizen from Jul. 8 to Jul. 9, 2020.
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July 18, 2020
Here is to his soul soaring to all the places he thought it might.....
Pamela Stairwalt
July 15, 2020
TO ALL THE FAMILY, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, PLEASE ACCEPT MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES. BEING FROM URBANA MYSELF I KNEW OF RONNIE CHAVERS. THROUGH MR LESTER PORTIS AND MRS KATHRYN PORTIS, I HEARD MANY STORIES. HE WAS VERY WELL LIKED AND ADMIRED. HE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF URBANA HISTORY AND WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. MAY YOU ALWAYS WALK WITH GOD.
GARY EDLEY
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July 10, 2020
His smile was a killer, he always made you feel like a millionaire
Steven Crosswhite
Family
July 9, 2020
Ronnie was one of the most real persons I ever met. I watched him as a child growing up down the street. He was special ! He's given so much! He did Urbana proud. So glad to have had him in my life. Deepest sympathies and prayers for the family.
Juanita Arnold
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July 8, 2020
I met Ronnie many years ago, and have only talked to him a couple of times over the years. When he spoke, it was with a peaceful tone and a smile on his face. I did not know him well, but have heard alot about him and kept track through his daughters on facebook. I could see the family love in pictures and words. His family spoke very highly of him. I grieve for his loss through his family. May God help you through this time. I am thinking of you.
Dianna Tabern
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