Ronald Eugene Sledge II
November 17, 1976 – September 1, 2018
Ronnie Sledge, Father, Husband, Son, Brother and friend. Never a dull moment, his life was fulfilling always. Ronnie was raised in Hammond Indiana and completed high school in Indianapolis. While athletic, charismatic, personable caring and fearless these traits would be carried throughout his life and in every circumstance he encountered. After high school Ronnie went on to become a Marine. Once welcomed into that brotherhood he carried the Marine core values in his heart and never wavered from what was right. Upon discharge and moving to Chicago from California, he did some soul searching and found his heart in music and education. In the midst of becoming a rock star and singing and jamming out Ronnie ventured into education and found his passion in teaching children. He not only taught academics, he taught them to be kind and considerate; he taught them to reach their potential, truly inspirational with his genuine love and interest.
It was as a school teacher that he met Desiree (a social worker). The day after the big snow storm in 2011, unplanned and with the assistance of 911 Ronnie delivered his baby. Little Ronnie was not breathing. Following instructions to clear the baby’s airway, he saved little Ronnie’s life.
Since 2012 Ronnie battled cancer and literally fought for his life on three occasions. He dealt with recurrences and complications associated with his Cancer. It was a hard battle, he was known as Mr.Miracle at Rush hospital. Ronnie never gave up and fought for his life. He fought hard and proud and throughout it all he loved his family and his son.
- Visitation Sunday, September 9, 2018
- Funeral Service Sunday, September 9, 2018
Ronald Eugene Sledge II
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Chris De Jesus
October 11, 2018
Mr. Sledge saw something in me that no one had. He valued me even though I didn’t have the best grades and taught me to be a good person. He didn’t show up to work just for a paycheck. He came to work and showed that he actually cared about educating and guiding us in the right direction. I will definitely always remember Mr. Sledge. He was my favorite teacher. Thank you for everything. You will be missed.
September 9, 2018
Mr. Sledge you were an amazing teacher and inspiration. You were truly passionate about helping us succeed and that was so rare for me to see growing up. I learned so much and have so many memories of fun times in your class the two years I had you as a history teacher. I am still so shocked that this all happened. Mrs. Moises, I am so sorry. You guys had a movie love story, I can remember running into you two on a date near the Damen blue line and seeing how in love you guys were. RIP Mr. Sledge, You were loved and will be missed dearly.
September 9, 2018
Mr.Sledge was a Great man. He was truly inspiring. I will miss him a great deal. He was my teacher and he was my friend. He taught me to play guitar &to be myself. He helped me through soo much; bullying, depression, the stupid constitution test.... I would always search for him on fb. Always wanting to maybe buy him a drink &just thank him for his impact on my life, but unfortunately never got the chance. I'm glad to hear that he had a son, we would talk about everything &I know that a child was something he had always wanted... Lol I remember him telling me he wanted to change his middle name to Elvis, guess he never got around to it, but at least now he's up there jamming w/the king. I can't believe you're gone. Rest in Peace my Friend.
September 8, 2018
I knew him as Mr. Sledge. What I admired most about him was his innate ability to foster mutual comfort and growth between himself and his students. His class was the first time I ever felt the urge to do more than what was asked of me even though I already had an A. I recently graduated college and now enjoy an amazing career because I went through life challenging myself instead of being bound by a syllabus and mediocre standards. A virtue I can 100% trace back to his social studies class. It’s funny... he never explicitly asked me to do more that what was expected of me, I can’t pin it down to some conversation or event. Part of me feels that I was simply mirroring the extensive efforts he put into teaching us. He exhausted every means and method to get through to us. Whatever the case, I am a much better person because of him. I wish I could tell him myself what an impact he had on me. Thank you Mr. Sledge, your resolve will live on through me. I aspire to be a positive catalyst in others lives as you were to me.
September 8, 2018
Mr. Sledge is my favorite teacher. He taught me in 2010. He always one to uplift me and motivat me to my greatest potential. If he saw that something was wrong or that I was not myself, he would pull me out of class to make sure everything is alright. He cared so dearly about his students. All of the students loved and respected Mr.Sledge. He was the cool, genuine, loving, yet serious teacher. He did not just teach but influenced the youth. When they let him go due to budget cuts, we were all very upset. I always thought about him from time to time, for he was that teacher that you always wanted to stay in touch with. He always reminded me that I was a leader and that I had great potential. It stuck with me. So, I always wished we kept contact so that I could update him on my successes. When I found out that he had cancer, I was very sad. I couldn’t believe that such a amazing person had to fight such disease. He did not deserve it. In that moment, I wish and prayed that he would defeat the disease. I tried to look him up on Facebook just to see how he was doing. I never found him. The fact that I have recieved the news of his passing on Facebook is very devastating. It brings tears to my eyes writing this. I am thankful to have met and known Mr.Sledge. It’s eight years later, and I will be graduating from my university next semester. I know he would be very proud of me. I give my dearest condolences to Mr.Sledge’s family. His wonderful memories and spirit will live on and with me forever!
September 7, 2018
Thinking about all of you during your time of loss. Little Ronnie was the sweetest person and a wonderful cousin that will be missed. Love you Aunt Rita, Uncle Ronnie and Shelly.