Ronald B. Hellhake, 78, of Quincy, passed away peacefully, on his his birthday, Monday (December 14, 2015) at Blessing Hospital.
Born December 14, 1937 in Quincy, Ron was the son of Bernard and Cuba Jenkins Hellhake. He married Bonnie Jean Eager on August 22, 1959 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lincoln, Illinois.
A 1955 graduate of Quincy High School where he excelled in athletics, Ron earned eight varsity letters in basketball, football and baseball. He attended Western Illinois University on a basketball scholarship. Ron was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed Quincy Blue Devil Basketball and watching his son-in-law's basketball teams compete. In addition to sports, Ron enjoyed gaming and his daily coffee groups.
Ron worked for Prudential Insurance Company where he actively and compassionately served his clients for 36 years. He received numerous sales awards and is a member of the Prudential Hall of Fame.
Ron was a devout Catholic and was an active member of St. Boniface Parish prior to its closing. He will be remembered for his generous and giving spirit and great sense of humor.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 56 years, Bonnie; two daughters, Gerri Hellhake-Hall of East Peoria, IL and Heidi Porter (Mark) of Wilmington, IL; a sister, Jeanice Warren (Richard); a niece, Lynn Tague; two nephews, Eric Warren and Keith Warren; and his cherished dog, Jake.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Leo and Mildred Eager; and a son-in-law, Melvin Hall.
The family would like to thank all Blessing Hospital and Hospice personnel (Molly and Melinda). Special thanks to end-of-life-care nurse, Amy and Home Health Care providers, Debi, Erin and Joan.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 11:00 in the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home and at 11:30 in St. Anthony Catholic Church by the Rev. Tom Hagstrom. Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 and Friday morning until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Quincy Humane Society.