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Friday, February 25, 2022
4:00 - 7:00pm
Saturday, February 26, 2022
10:00 - 11:00am
Saturday, February 26, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm (Central time)
Age 72 of Coal City, died Monday, February 14, 2022 at Morris Hospital.
Born March 17, 1949 in Morris, Ronald LaVerne is the son of Fern (nee Gordon) and the late Francis Wren, Sr. He was raised in Morris and Coal City, and began working at the age of eighteen for Broadway Ford in Coal City. Ronnie then enlisted in the United States Army and served for two years until his honorable discharge from service. On August 11, 1978, he married Dena Marie Pacchetti in Morris, and together they made their home in Coal City.
Following his military service, Ronnie worked as a millwright and then joined the Laborers Local 75 where he worked and held membership for over 30 years. He was a member of the Coal City Area Club where he took pleasure in spending his time fishing. Ronnie enjoyed watching NASCAR and especially enjoyed Mark Martin's style of racing. He was a handy guy who was always willing to lend a hand to those who needed it. Ronnie was a true family man who always put his family first. He loved everyone, and the garage door was always open with a Euchre deck and Rum and Coke ready for anyone who stopped by.
Survivors include his mother, Fern Wren of Coal City, and his wife of 43 years, Dena Wren of Coal City; two sons: Jason Wren of Coal City and Justin Wren (fiancé Dana Prokop) of Romeoville; three grandchildren: Christian, Adam, and Evan Wren; three brothers: Chuck (Margaret) Wren of Braidwood, Gary Wren of Carbon Hill, and Rick (Joan) Wren of Braceville; one sister, Sherrie Hobbs of Coal City, and one brother-in-law, Ed (Donna) Pacchetti of Carbon Hill; as well as several aunts and uncles, numerous cousins, and many nieces and nephews, including Dawn Powell.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Francis Wren, Sr., one brother, Junior (Barb) Wren, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ed and Jeanette Pacchetti, and his sister-in-law, LouAnn Pacchetti; and nieces and nephew: Michelle, Teri, and Chuck, Jr. Wren.
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 North Broadway Street (one block north of Illinois Route 113), in Coal City from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow on Saturday, February 26, 2022 in the funeral home at 10:00 a.m.
Burial with full military honors will immediately follow the funeral at Braceville-Gardner Cemetery.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Ronnie's memory to a charity of the donor's choosing.
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book, upload photographs, and share Ronnie’s memorial page through social media.
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City (815) 634-2125.