Posted: Thursday, Dec 20th, 2012
SAVOY – Ronald J Faulkner, 79, of Savoy (formerly of Byron, IL) died at 6:13 a.m. Monday December 17, 2012 after a courageous fight with respiratory complications from Post- Polio.
Ron was born August 11, 1933 in Byron, IL to Florence and Rufus Faulkner. He was a 1951 graduate of Byron High School. Shortly after high school Ron contracted Polio and was in an iron lung. In 1958 he was involved in a serious car accident. Ron courageously battled through these events as he did all things.
Ron married Margaret Hansen on December 30, 1961. She preceded him in death on October 10, 2005 after a long illness in which Ron was by her side as her caretaker.
He is survived by two daughters, Julie (Greg) Wellwerts of McHenry, IL and Petrece (John) Klein of Savoy, IL; six grandchildren who he loved very much, Zachary Wellwerts, Marley Wellwerts, Malia Wellwerts, Gemma Wellwerts, Tanner Klein, and Kylee Klein; and one sister , Linda Nason of Byron, IL.
Ron worked for Consolidated Freightways for more than 20 years in Rockford, IL. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a Tebala Shriner. He joined the Catholic Church in 1996 to the delight of his family.
Ron enjoyed his numerous trips to CA and most memorably his first trip where he and his dad drove it in record time! Ron was a charter member of the Drag Ones Hot Rod Club where he was able to enjoy his passion for cars. He cherished his memories of his fishing trips & fun times with John Miller who was like a father to him. He was also very grateful to family friend, Carolyn Beyers, who helped love and take care of Margaret and helped him as well.
Thank you to his coffee friends and all his friends at County Market (E. Stoughton St.) for including him in your family. He loved his daily visits for coffee and visiting with all of you. You will never know how much that brightened his days.
Funeral mass was held at 9:00 a.m. Friday, December 21, at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church, 1303 Lincolnshire Dr. Champaign; Pastor Robert Rayson officiated. Visitation was from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive, Savoy. Indoor entombment was in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Winnebago, IL at 3:00 p.m. on Friday December 21, 2012.