Ronald Lee McClure, Sr, 88 of Beardstown, died surrounded by his family, Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at his home.
He was born May 7, 1934 in Beardstown, the son of Lewis Donald and Violet Landes McClure. He married Linda Kolp on December 13, 1980 and she survives in Beardstown.
He is also survived by 5 children Ronald L. (wife Barbara) McClure, Jr of Tightwad, MO, Vickie (wife Kim Still) McClure of Jacksonville, Joy (husband Roger) Olroyd of Virginia, Tamra (husband Mike) Gadberry of Meredosia, and Darrin Weishaar (companion Susan Huntley) of Beardstown; 5 grandchildren Jennifer (husband Matthew) Larson, Brock (wife Yeritza)Cooper, Ashley Hamm, Kahne Hall, and Diana Griffin (husband Michael); numerous great grandchildren; a brother James E. McClure of Beardstown; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Joanne McClure, and a grandson Jeremey McClure.
Ron attended Beardstown Schools and honorably served in the United States Navy. He began a 27-year career with Fiat-Allis starting in Beardstown up until their closing in Springfield. He then received his GED and HVAC certificate and began Ron’s Heating and Air, and later retired from the City of Beardstown. Ron was a lifelong outdoorsman and had a passion for hunting birds, deer, and mushrooms. He even got the nickname “Bobblehead” from all the duck and goose hunting. Ron cherished visiting the river for a day of fishing with his buddies which would then open the opportunity to host a family fish fry. He also spent his fair share of time at the ball field volunteering with Beardstown Little League. His passions in life allowed him to enjoy many past times but most importantly was the time he spent with his family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday, April 14, 2023 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. Burial will follow in Bader Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 9:30 AM until the time of service at the memorial home on Friday.
Memorials have been suggested to Cass/Schuyler Area Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Condolences may be left online at www.colwellmemorialhome.com or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.