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Ronald Simon

July 20, 1942 — April 5, 2020

Ronald Simon

Ronald G. Simon

“Sidekick”

Age 77 of Wilmington passed away Sunday, April 5, 2020 at his home.

Born July 20, 1942 in East Chicago, Indiana, he was raised in Joliet and graduated from Joliet Central High School with the Class of 1961. Ron served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was proud to be a Vietnam Veteran. Following his discharge from military service, he worked as a machine operator for Caterpillar Tractor Company in Joliet for 34 years until he retired in 1996. Ron continued to work numerous jobs after retiring including at the Superwash in Wilmington, delivering parts for Fastenal Company, at Walmart stocking and working in the liquor department, and as a bartender at The Rustic. He was passionate about anything to do with motorcycles and especially loved his Harley’s. Ron also took pleasure in playing the lottery and going to casinos.

Survivors include his wife, Betty (nee McDowell) Simon, whom he married on August 16, 1997; two children: Erik (Sherry) Simon of Aiken, South Carolina, and James (Marney) Simon of Shorewood; three step-children: Holly (Moustaffa) Zewill of Virginia, and Jeremy and Josh Carik, both of Wilmington; three grandchildren: Cheri Lee (Jackson) Newell of Alto, Georgia, George Simon of Shorewood, and Reagan Carik of Virginia; two step-grandsons: Hank Eichstead and JT Richardson; one brother, John (Mira) Simon of Arizona, and one sister-in-law, Carol (Robert) Flint of Missouri.

Cremation rites have been accorded, and Ron will be laid to rest with military honors on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Ron’s name to the Fisher House at Edward J. Hines VA Hospital.

Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Ron’s memorial page by logging onto: www.BaskervilleFuneral.com

Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington (815) 476-2181.

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