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Ronald L. Zahner

June 6, 1947 April 24, 2016
Ronald L. Zahner
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Ronald L. Zahner, 68, of Peoria IL, passed away on April 24, 2016 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. He was born June 6, 1947, in Peoria, the son of H.P. “Tom” and Katherine Grace (Brown) Zahner. He was raised by his parents, Donald L. and Kathy (Zahner) Estep. Ron married Diana K. Chamberlain in 1969; he them married his high school sweet heart, Mary Katherine Hinderliter on August 4, 2009 in Peoria, IL. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, daughters: Adrienne L. (Ed) Doran and Christel F. Bockewitz, both of Rockford, IL, 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by 3 brothers; Terry L. Zahner, Alabaster, AL, Larry J. (Pat) Estep, Peoria, IL and Donald L. (Silvia) Estep of Lakeside, CA; and a sister; Connie A. (David) Haviland, Pearland, TX,; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Howard Carl Estep. Ron was a US Army and US Navy veteran. He was very proud to have served in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member at the VFW Post 3883 in Bartonville, IL, as well as a member of the American Legion. Ron was a member of UAW Local 974. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 30 years. Ron was of the Catholic faith. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside services and burial of ashes will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL on June 6, 2016 at 1 p.m. A celebration of his life will follow in Peoria. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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