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Ronald Gary Choura
Ronald Gary Choura Ronald Gary Choura, 61, formerly of Haslett, Michigan died suddenly Sunday, December 5th, 2010. He was born April 26, 1949 in East St. Louis, Illinois to Charles and Elsie (Machac) Choura. Ron graduated from Belleville West High School in 1967 and was a 1971 electrical engineer graduate from the University of Missouri Rolla. Ron was active in the Government and telecommunications industry for more than three decades. He was a longtime Michigan State University adjunct faculty member in the Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media Department and recently retired as a Departmental Administrator for the Michigan Public Service Commission after 37 years of service. In life, Ron was an amazing friend, husband, father and grandfather. Everyone benefited from his optimistic personality and infectious enthusiasm for life. Although he never turned down an opportunity to go fishing he was known for his generosity, fierce work ethic, remarkable reliability and his aptitude for thinking outside the box. As a father and grandfather "Pop" strived to attend every family event possible and was happiest just being present. He is preceded in death by his father, Charles Choura. He is survived by his wife of forty years, Nancy (Eichmann) Choura of South Haven, Michigan; three children, Katie (Joe) Branch of Muskegon, Michigan, Todd (Kristina) Choura of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Emily (Eric Austin) Choura of Chicago, Illinois; four grandchildren, Stella and Charlie Branch and Norah and Dylan Choura; his mother, Elsie Choura of Mascoutah, Illinois; one sister, Carole (Jerry) Middendorf of Venedy, Illinois; an uncle, Adolph Choura of East St. Louis, Illinois; and sister-in-law, Susan (Michael) LeCrone of River Forest, Illinois. Two nieces and one nephew also survive. A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 10th at 1 p.m. at University United Methodist Church at 1120 S. Harrison Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823. A visitation will precede the service starting at noon. In addition, a reception will follow the service beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald Choura Memorial Fund in support of Michigan Radio at Kindly share your thoughts and memories on the family's online guest book at The family is being served by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven.

Published by Lansing State Journal on Dec. 8, 2010.
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Elsie and Carole: Please accept my most sincere condolences on your loss. Carole, I know all too well the pain of losing a sibling and my heart goes out to you. Elsie, my thoughts are always with you and I will forever miss having you as my neighbor. Again, my most sincere condolences on your loss.
Kimberly Omelson
January 20, 2011
To the family of Ron Choura:
I wish to take this occasion to express my sincere sympathy to the family of Ron. I certainly was surprise to hear of his passing. It was such a pleasure to have known and worked with him. He was so competent and such a dedicated person. For a conscientious person it certainly was a demanding time. He was at the leading edge of change and the evolution of how we communicate with each other in America, and how we would deliver these new services equitably. He was in the trenches when the United States Congress and the U.S. Justice Department decided to break up the Nations Monopolies in favor of Competition, and in favor shipping the manufacture of Telephone Equipment (previously made by Western Electric) overseas to foreign competitors. He was at the forefront helping with the Rules and Regulations required to make this transition in technology.
Although I have not lived in Belleville for many years, I do read the Obits once in a while. I was very surprised to find Ron's name in the Belleville News Democrat Obits. . I lived in Belleville many years ago and I was Recruited by IPC out of the University and I was on the Managers Staff of the Illinois Power Co dealing with Electrical, and Natural Gas and Public Utility Issues. When the State of Iowa initiated Centralized State Public Utility Regulation over Elec. Gas and Telephone Companies I was hired by the Gov of Iowa, Harold E Hughes, (later a United States Senator and Presidential Candidate.) as a Charter member of that Regulatory Commission in Des Moines, Iowa. I met Ron at National Association of Regulatory Commissioners Meetings (NARUC ), Conventions and Federal Communications Meetings and Hearings in Washington D.C and other meeting sites around the nation. I was Vice Chairman of the NARUC Communications Committee, when Ron first began attending as a Delegate from the State of Michigan. I had very good repore with Ron and later nominated him for Chairman of the NARUC Communications Committee. This was a very contentious period when the United States Congress and the FCC were trying to decide if they were going to allow Competition in the Nations Telephone Service Territories and to allow foreign manufactures of Telephone equipment to compete in the United States and whether Telephone Companies could continue their Monopolies and also be Cable Companies and market Video continent such as Movies and Data Services to the Public. I was in Belleville when Russia placed the Sputnik Space Missile in Orbit around the World. Little did I know how this would change the Telephone and Power Industries and create huge problems for regulatory people like Ron Choura and myself. Ron and I talked many times about Belleville. His parents at that time lived in the Atlee-Ogle Subdivision off 59th St. in Belleville. His dad Charles later moved to Pasadena Dr in Fairview Heights.

Sincerely Robert Osborn, Past Member of the Iowa Commerce Commission, Des Moines, Iowa, and former Vice Chairman of the NARUC Communications Committee, Washington, D.C. and a Member of the Subcommittees on the Revenue Requirement and Nations Separations and Toll Rate Disparity of the NARUC-FCC.
Robert Osborn
January 3, 2011
Carole, I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing. Seeing his picture brought back so many wonderful memories of our childhood. I know we had to annoy him to no end, but he never showed it. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Teri Layton Allison
December 13, 2010
Prayers and thoughts to all the Choura family from the Wood family.....Ann, Jerry, Sheri, Craig, Jackie and John and their families....
Ann and Jerry Wood
December 12, 2010
Dear Nancy and Family: You have my heartfelt sympathy in the passing of your husband and father. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am looking at your Christmas card from last year and thinking of what a happy time it captured. Would that is was possible to turn back the clock . . .

May he rest in peace with the Lord.

Kathleen Mayhew
Kathleen Mayhew,
December 11, 2010
Ron was a consummate educator. He always made it a special point to share real life examples in his coursework as related to the topics of the class. His vast experience working at the Michigan Public Service Commission served him well while teaching at Michigan State. Friendly, sincere, and honest. His spiritual journey will be rewarded. Nancy, Katie, Todd, Emily and the rest of the Choura family - I hope that all the wonderful memories of Ron will one day replace sadness you feel today. Please accept my condolences. David Testa, Michigan State University, Telecommunications 2002.
David Testa
December 11, 2010
Hearing of Ron's passing was so shocking to me. I worked with him at the MPSC. He was a man of integrity. You couldn't find a more honest and sincere person then Ron. It did not matter who you were, he was friendly to everyone. This world would be a better place if there were more people like Ron Choura. May his memory remain in our hearts forever more.
Sharron Allen
December 10, 2010
Dear Carole: My prayers to the Choura's. Please pass this to Nancy and your mom.
High School friend and Neighbor, Ezra.
December 9, 2010
My heart goes out to all the Chouras. Ron will be deeply missed. Uncle Ron was incredibly dedicated to his family and friends. I will remember him as kind and always loving. Along with the times Uncle Ron was there to help, I will cherish the memories I have of the fun times with Uncle Ron ~ graduation parties, birthdays, and holidays!
Ashley Grieve Battle
December 9, 2010
Dear Choura's: It is with an extremely heavy heart that I offer my condolences. Ron will always be my best friend! I miss and remember vividly the days of interaction between our families, the laughter of all the kids, and the silent moments with Ron that seemed to be more communicative than any voice could have ever expressed. The personal support Ron offered, especially when rip tides appeared out of nowhere, will never be forgotten. Ron's friendship, honor, and trust will forever be with me.
An Old Friend, Terry Grieve (Howell, MI)
December 9, 2010
Dear Carole,

I am so sorry to hear of Ron's death.
I have many fond memories of our neighbors on Pasadena Drive. Of you and Ron as young children, and always a smile on your mother's face. Please give her my deepest sympathy.

Loretta Schuetzenhofer
December 9, 2010
Carole, Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies in the loss of your brother. I know how hard the loss of a sibling is. I am truly sorry for your loss.
Kathy Deatherage-Serrano
December 9, 2010
To Ron's Family and Friends,

Ron was the best! Athough I only worked with him for a few years, it didn't take long to realize what a dedicated, humorous, kind and devoted person he was.

My sympathies to the family and to all of you who were fortunate enough to have known Ron. He will certainly be missed.

Sheri Randall
December 9, 2010
Elsie,and Carol,I am so sorry to hear of your loss--from a near Lynch Ave. neighbor of so many years ago, JOHN-E WHITE-III
= Elsie a Carol, jsem tak líto vaší ztráty - z blízkosti Lynch Ave. Soused pred mnoha lety, JOHN-E WHITE-III
December 9, 2010
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. The thoughts of many are with you at this time of sorrow.
William Marshall
December 8, 2010
Dear Nancy,

It was sad to receive an e-mail regarding Ron's death.
I was the REA Field Representative and worked with Ron often in the early 80's concerning various telephone companies around the state.

We had exchanged e-mail at times, I kept promising that I would get up to Lansing and have lunch and talk. I'm sorry, we must never put things off.

I'm now a widower and in a retirement home in Jackson.

My heart goes out to You and Yours

C.Murrill Colburn
December 8, 2010
Dear Nancy and Family,
Chuck and I were sad to hear about Ron. He was a wonderful man and Chuck sure enjoyed the camping trips they took several years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Chuck and Suzette Wesolek and Family
Suzette and Chuck Wesolek
December 8, 2010
Dear Nancy, John and I were shocked when Bernadette emailed me to give me the sad news. I still think of the days when we worked together at the doctors office. I really miss those days and miss seeing you. John and I will keep you in our prayers. John and Mary Smoltz
Mary Smoltz
December 8, 2010
Barbara Burnett
December 8, 2010
I am very saddened to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man. Ron was a true friend and mentor to me and many other students at MSU. I was also blessed to know him as a colleague at the State of Michigan where I tapped him for information and advice any chance I had. I particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to come in and talk to his students year after year. He had an amazing ability to connect the material he was teaching with real examples in his life. Ron also never missed an opportunity to share stories about his family which he loved dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and family during this difficult time.

~Paul Harmon, MSU 2005
Paul Harmon
December 8, 2010
Dear Nancy & Family -
We were so sad to read of Ron's passing. He was such a kind man and a great neighbor that always had a smile on his face. We go back many years ago in the Hillbrook neighborhood. Keep his memories close to your heart. Our thoughts, our prayers, and our love go out to all of you.
Denny & Jackie Hill
December 8, 2010
Jim and I were so saddened to read this morning of the loss of your brother. We wanted you to know we are thinking about you and your family. We know the strong love your family shares and know what a loss this is for all of you. Please accept our prayers and symptathy.
Jim and Chris Breidenbach
December 8, 2010
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