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Ronald H. Ellington

7/8/1950 - 8/31/2018

WYOMING ~ Ronald “Ron” Howard Ellington, 68, of Wyoming, passed away at 10:23 a.m. Friday, August 31, 2018 at UnityPoint Health - Methodist in Peoria.

Born July 8, 1950 in Hillsboro, Illinois to Robert and Ruth (Elam) Ellington, he married Debra D. O’Rourke on October 24, 1972 in Hillsboro.

Surviving are his wife, Debra; two daughters, Michelle Ellington and Barbie (Chad) Allen, both of Wyoming; three grandchildren, Shelby, Hannah and Hailey; three sisters, Marilyn, Blanche and Shirley; one brother, Richard; many nieces and nephews and his faithful companion, Roxie.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lloyd and Charles.

Ron was a veteran of the United States Navy, serving his country in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 aboard the USS CVA-41 Midway aircraft carrier.

He took great honor in being a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 91 in Wyoming, IL, and of the Forty & Eight Honor Society of the American Legion (Correspondent and Past Chef de Gare), and of VFW Post 1255 of Princeville, IL, and finally The USS Midway Veteran's Association.  He served many years as a volunteer in the Wyoming Fire Department and was also a member of the Teamsters Local 627 Retiree's Club.

Ron retired in 2002 from the Illinois Department of Transportation, after 20 years of service working in highway maintenance.

A loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ron loved hunting, fishing in Alaska and especially going on cruises. He also enjoyed getting together with his friends for “sessions”.

He was always available to lend a helping hand to anybody, stranger or friend. He will be greatly missed.

A gathering celebrating Ron’s life will be held at a later date. Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to 40 & 8 Illinois Grand Nurses Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 183. Neponset, IL 61345.  This 40 & 8 program provides nursing scholarships to local high school graduates going into nursing.  It is the 40 & 8's primary honorable roll since nurses were an integral part of the injured returning military men/women.

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