Walter Ronald Bilyeu
1946 - 2017
Walter Ronald (Ron) Bilyeu KINGSTON- On Thursday, Dec. 8, 2017, Walter Ronald (Ron) Bilyeu, 68, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones, after he finally succumbed to the illness that be battled with for far too long. On April 29, 1946, Ron was born to Walter G. Bilyeu and Lillie McClanahan Bilyeu in Ellenville, N.Y. On Oct. 9, 1982, he married Debra Gass, whom he shared 35 years of memories with. This woman tirelessly cared to his every need during his decent from this world. Walter attended Rondout Valley high school, and continued his education at SUNY New Paltz, where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mathematics, and then a Masters of Education in administration. For 33 years, Ron enriched the lives of countless children in his selfless, passionate role as a mathematics teacher. Mr. Bilyeu’s legacy has left it’s mark on the countless lives he touched. He was a dedicated teacher, admired colleague, union leader, a mentor and leader of many various clubs, and a legendary football announcer. Ron’s zest for life and passion for the destiny of the youth that would go on to leave their mark on this world under his guidance was a thing to be admired. Because of his love for teaching, he continued to spread his knowledge for many years after retirement, and even drove a school bus well into his final years. In addition to teaching, Ron was a Jack of all trades, and a versatile business man, with many entrepreneurial endeavors such as business owner of a Hot dog stand, restaurant, modeling agency, and independent real estate agent. Ron was known for being the life of the party, and made sure that anyone in his home was entertained by his animated stories and had every need catered to. Ron found peace in the laughter of those he cared for, and his poker skills were top notch. Ron is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Debra; his son, Troy and his wife Kerri; his son Adam and his wife Zosha; his daughter, Aubree and her husband Artie; his son, Ryan; eight grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Ruth; and his sister-in-law, Diana. A memorial service in celebration of the life of Walter Bilyeu will be held on Dec.16, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Pine Bush Cemetery in Kerhonkson, N.Y. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hudson Valley Hospice and the City of Kingston Fire Department. Condolences may be shared at: keyserfuner
Published by the Daily Freeman from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2017.
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Enjoyed Ron's friendship and teaching with him for a few years in the mid 80's. He had a great personality. RIP
John Grady
February 26, 2018
My memories of Ron (Mr.Bilyeu) are limited to the classrooms and hallways of R.V.H.S. 1975--1978. All good. He was one of those great teachers that I had the honor of being taught by. I would like to send my sincere condolences to Debbie and the entire family. Time marches on.
David Krom
December 18, 2017
The Ennengas
December 17, 2017
ron you will be missed you
myrtle kline
December 14, 2017
Very sad to hear of Rons passing. We played against Jim Lemyres softball team back in the late 70's and I found out what a good man Ron was, way back when. Always a kind word and always encouraging you to do better - whether in sports or in life. Thank you Ron, for having crossed my path. Our thoughts are with your family.

Bill Atkins
December 14, 2017
MaryEllen & Gene Cannizzaro
December 14, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. He was a caring person taking time and being friendly even though I was "only" a substitute teacher. My deepest condolences to the family.
Andrea Newman-Winston
December 13, 2017
Bilyeu Family - My heart breaks to hear of Ron's passing. My condolences to you all as you go through this tough time. Sending prayers, healing and love. Robyn
Robyn Matos
December 12, 2017
We pray for God's comfort to the family. Our thoughts are with you all. God bless. Randy and Joanie Thomas
Joanie LaRose-Thomas
December 12, 2017
Ronnie always had time to stop and chat. He spoke kindly of others and he wore a smile on his face. He was a bright man and a great Dad.
Carol Brower
December 12, 2017
Dad you are so missed. I cherish the time we had together the last few weeks. I felt we were closer than ever. You were a great father-in-law and grandfather. So many wonderful memories we all shared as a family over the last 28 years. Although you will be missed, I am thankful that your suffering is over. With love, Lisa
Lisa Bilyeu
December 12, 2017
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