Ronald M. Stenzel, 79, of Geneseo, passed away May 29, 2013 at his home after a brief battle with lung cancer. Per his request cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. John’s Lutheran Church of Geneseo and Grace United Methodist Church of Geneseo. Condolences may be shared by sending them to Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo as they are assisting the family with arrangements.
Ron was born December 13, 1933 in Osco, IL the son of Maurice and Helen (Schlenzen) Stenzel. He attended the Osco Grade School thru 8th grade and graduated from Orion High School in 1952. Ron was united in marriage to Carolyn McKenzie on November 21, 1953 in Geneseo. They farmed with his father and brother, Elmer in Osco until 1965. At that time, Ron started working for John Deere Harvester in East Moline with the Experimental Department, also moving to Geneseo. His job took him throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada during the harvest seasons. He and Carolyn also became partners in Accent travel, and sole owners in the early 1980’s.
During the 1970’s Ron was the President of Geneseo Little League and helped initiate the lighting of the Baseball Diamonds at Bollen Field. He was committed to every task he undertook, whether it was farming, John Deere, or Stenzel Auction.
Before moving to Geneseo, the family attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edford, and are presently members of Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. His greatest joys were derived from spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, and friends; having family over for taco dinners, sports, and golfing as a member of the Country Club since 1972. Ron was known for always having a story or two to tell family and friends.
Survivors include his wife: Carolyn; children: Denise “Dee” (Curt) Swanson of Victoria, IL, Scott (Leah) Stenzel of Scottsdale, AZ, Terry (Lesley) Stenzel of San Ramon, CA, and Shelley (Gary) Felske of rural Erie, IL. Ron loved and adored his four grandchildren: Melissa (Brett) Swanson of Moline, Teigan and Dawson of Scottsdale, Isabella of San Ramon, CA and his step-grandchildren: Cynde Booth of Payson, AZ, Lorra Longamore of San Ramon, CA, Brooke and A.J. of Scottsdale, AZ; brothers: Elmer (Janet) Stenzel of New Bern, NC and J. Albert (Jeannette) Stenzel of Osco; and several nieces and nephews.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents.