MORTON – Ronald Y. Bontemps, 90, of Morton, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria.
He was born August 11, 1926, in Taylorville, Ill., to Carl and Katherine (McBride) Bontemps. He married Norma Smith on May 2, 1953 in Beloit, Wis. She preceded him in death on May 10, 2009. He was also preceded in death by one brother, Carl.
Surviving are two sons, Gary (Lisa) Bontemps of Tremont and Kevin (Stephanie) Bontemps of Swansea, Ill.; two daughters, Linda Bontemps of Creve Coeur and Kathy Bontemps of Peoria; eight grandchildren, Jason, Jared (Shelbie), Jeremiah (Krista), Eli, Alyssa, Kallen, Tyler and Lauren; and four great-grandchildren, Shelby, Gracie, Jackson and Koralyn.
Ron was a WWII Army Veteran having served from 1944 to 1946.
Ron retired in 1989, after working for 38 years in personnel employee relations for Caterpillar Inc.
He was a member of Presbyterian Church in Peoria, where he served as a Deacon and Vacation Bible School teacher. Ron was also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a Gold medalist on the 1952 Olympic Basketball team in Helsinki, Finland. He served as a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Northwoods Church, 10700 N. Allen Rd. in Peoria, with Rev. Cal Rychener officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be at Roberts Cemetery in Morton.
Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 3100 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61603 or World Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716.
The Bontemps family would like to thank Dad's caregivers, Debbie, Corrie, Ann and Kara.
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Published by Peoria Journal Star from May 13 to May 15, 2017.