Ronald E. Traver 76 of Chillicothe passed away Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Mn. Ronald was born July 31, 1939 in Peoria, Il. The son of Oliver and Rosalyn Birdeen (Patten) Traver. He married Judith M. Dunbar on July 31, 1959 at the Blue Ridge Methodist Church in Edelstein.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, son James (Dee Buttrum) of Spring Bay, brother James (Mary Jo) of Mountain Home, Ar., daughter in law Sue, grandchildren Christopher, Brienna, Jeremiah, Micheilei, Nichole, and Marisa, great-granddaughters Rosavella Mae and Ameillia Rowyn.
Ron was preceded in death my his parents, son Ronald N. and infant sister Sharon.
Ron enjoyed his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ron was a carpenter, worked at Letournals, was a meat cutter at IGA, drove a cement truck, and made models for Caterpillar. Ron was an avid nature lover, enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, canoeing and yard work. He will be dearly missed by his furry animal family - cats Buddy, Teaser and Lillie his dog.
In 57 years of marriage the only wish I had for my husband was for Ron to have good health. Loving Wife Judy
From some of the first ice fishing trips at Marshall Co. Ditch, cutting and splitting a yard full of hedge, to a couple of the last squirrel hunting trips at Bob's, fishing the White River in Ar., and all the memories in between will remain forever. Your loving son, James
Ron was a great person, he brought out the best in people and showed us how to love life. He loved to watch the wildlife and be outdoors. He enjoyed exploring the possibilities of things and would keep everything short and simple. He always made sure you had a smile on your face and jokes to make you laugh. Although he is no longer with us we have precious memories of him and the stories he told. He will forever be in our hearts and the faces of loved ones left behind. Love Dee
Grandpa was one of the better role models of my life and a great husband to the best grandma anyone could have . He was one of those people that has left good memories and will never be forgotten. Loving, touching, very smart and general handyman that will always have a huge part of my heart. He touched every ones heart in a way that made him special. He will be in my thoughts daily and never forgotten. Love, Christopher
I did not realize until Dad passed that marrying Nicholas has given me exactly what I really wanted - a family to grow and change with. Love, Daughter in Law Sue
Ron had an infectious curiosity about life. He always enjoyed finding out how things worked and what made things tick, whether in the mechanical sense or in nature. He always made a point to share what he learned with others and could explain things in a simple way that made it easy to follow. He made learning fun and easy to remember, always patient to explain things fully. He made you think about was going on in the world around you instead of being a by stander. Ron is no longer with us, but will certainly always be remembered with a warm smile. He made a huge difference in the lives of all he touched.
Loving nephew, Patten Traver
Old traditions never disappear, they hold too much value and worth. Thank you for being the man that built that foundation for our family. We love you Grandpa and miss you so much already. Micheilei
He left his mark on all our hearts and now I know he is flying high as an angel. - with all the birds he loves. I Love you PAPA, Bri
I love you Grandpa. Jeremiah
Cremation Rites will be accorded and there will be no services. Memorials in Ron's name may be made to the ARK animal shelter at 477 State Route 26, Lacon Il 61540
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