Born: November 20, 1930 in DeKalb, IL
Died: November 22, 2021 in DeKalb, IL
Ronald J. Maurer, 91, of Sycamore, Ill., passed away Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb after a valiant battle with covid.
Born Nov. 20, 1930, in DeKalb, the son of Elroy and Marian (Jensen) Maurer, Ronald married Genevieve Johnson on April 17, 1954, in Genoa. Ron and Gen met at Northern Illinois University where Genevieve worked in the Department of Education and Ronald was studying Education. It soon became clear that they would always be together.
They started their life together in Genoa, but moved overseas for a while when Ron was in the Service. They came home in 1956 when they started a family. They were always active members of the Sycamore United Methodist Church, where they made many good friends.
Ronald started his teaching career in Rockford but soon moved to Sycamore, where he and Gen made their permanent home. He built the Maurer family home with some assistance from his own father and occasional help from his brothers in law. Ron continued his service as a member of the National Guard while teaching at Sycamore High School, where he taught woodworking, electronics, and other Industrial Arts. He became chair of the Industrial Arts Department at the school, where he made a bigger impact on more lives than he ever realized. Not only did he teach the assigned subject matter, but he also taught young students how to be better people. His former students identify him as one of their important role models in life. They often found him and Gen at the Sycamore Parkway where they would catch up on each other's lives. Ronald also became one of the area's favorite television repairmen for many years because he liked to keep busy. He also was the preferred delivery person for Genevieve's wedding cake business.
Not only did Ron set examples for his students, he set a great example for his own family. He and Gen instilled strong character and moral values in their kids. Together they set the highest examples for their family while providing constant support and encouragement. They were proud of their family, and their family has always been proud of them. While words cannot express the depth of his loss, especially only four months after the loss of Genevieve, there is comfort in knowing that they are together again, resting with God and the family that greeted their arrival.
Ron is survived by his children; Tom (Julie) of Genoa, Roger (Caroline) of Bartlett and Diane of South Elgin; grandchildren, Stephanie (Jake) Landis, and Lindsey (John) Hanke; great-grandson, Henry Landis; sister Marilyn Leonard of Swansea, Ill.; brother in law Oscar (Lois) Johnson, sister in law Carol Johnson, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Genevieve, on July 11, 2021; his parents Elroy and Marian Maurer; his brother-in-law Milton Leonard; great nephew Kelly Sullivan, and many cherished relatives from the Johnson family. His legacy will survive us all.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Sycamore United Methodist Church, 160 Johnson Ave. Sycamore, IL with the Rev. Dan Swinson officiating. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore. A visitation will be held an hour prior to the service and from 4pm to7pm on Monday, November 29, 2021, at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd., Quiram Sycamore Chapel, 1245 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178. Masks will be required.
For information or to leave a message of condolence visit www.olsonfh.com
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Published by The MidWeek News from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2021.