Ronald G. McAllister
January 30, 1935 – February 26, 2019
Ronald G. McAllister, January 30, 1935 - February 26, 2019
Ronald leaves behind to cherish his memory three children, Jeffrey McAllister, Jeannine Hughes and Timothy(Joyce) McAllister, His Brother Fred, two Grandchildren, Jacob(Catherine) McAllister and Jordan McAllister. Great grandchildren Sean and Haley with another blessing due in August 2019. He joins in Heaven his Grandson Corey James McAllister and Brother Warren McAllister. He leaves behind long time companion, Lynn Lonigro and her loving family, and lifelong friend Dominic Storto.
Ron served briefly in the U.S. Navy before being Honorably discharged of duty.
A staunch supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, he marched in Selma, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King.
The first in his family to graduate college, with a major in English, he went on to have a long career in education as a teacher and administrator. After a stint teaching English, he worked for the Department of Corrections. He later worked for the Board of Education at the Thompson Center In Chicago. In his retirement he returned to teaching, working with Special Needs students. Ron was well traveled including trips to Ireland, London, Paris, Hawaii and Alaska. He was able to see his beloved homeland, Ireland, which he recalled fondly.
He enjoyed acting as well, and performed in Community Theater in many productions including lead roles in The Odd Couple as Oscar Madison and On Golden Pond(not the Hepburn part).
He also had a great love of music, which he passed on to his children. They all shared a great affection for Johnny Cash, whom he literally ran into at the airport. Cash’s Birthday is ironically on February 26th; the date of Ron’s passing.
Lastly, he enjoyed photography. He photographed many of his favorite music artists. In his later years, he honed his skills as a photographer and won many awards. He served as President of his photography guild. He also published books of his best photographs. Father, Friend, Educator, Actor, Photographer and Traveler. His was a life lived to its fullest! Go Rest High On That Mountain.
- Visitation Saturday, March 2, 2019
- Celebration of Life Service Saturday, March 2, 2019
Ronald G. McAllister
March 4, 2019
My father in law , Ron McAllister was an incredible man. He lived his life to it’s fullest! He loved celebrating every occasion, large or small. His passion for music was incredible.There wasn’t a song he never heard.
He had a strong passion for sweets that never faltered! Banana pudding, sugar cookies and bread pudding were just a few of his favorites. I don’ t remember ever seeing him turn down dessert! His sweet tooth stayed with him to the very end. We shared the love of travel and Timothy and I will cherish the memories of our trip to Europe with him and his long time love, Lynn. He was always looking to go on another trip someday. I wish it could’ve happened; just one more time!
I thank God for you in my life, and I thank God you are free now. As Reverend Billy Graham said about death, “ I will be more alive then than I ever was on earth.” I love you, and I will say goodbye for now, I will see you when I get there!
March 4, 2019
My father-in-law was an incredible man. He lived his life to the fullest. He loved celebrating every occasion, large or small. His passion for music was incredible. There wasn’t a song he never heard of.
He also had a passion for sweets that never faltered! Banana pudding, sugar cookies and bread pudding were just a few of his favorites.i don’t recall a time he turned down dessert! His sweet tooth stayed with him to his last days. We shared a love of travel, and we will cherish our European trip with he and his Love, Lynn. He asked us often when was our next trip to Paris. I just wish we could have done it again; one more time.
I thank God for the time I had with him. I now thank Our Heavenly Father you are free now. As the Rev. Billy Graham said, he is more alive now than he ever was on this earth! I love you Dad. I will say goodbye for now,and I will see you when I get there!
February 28, 2019
My heart aches losing my father. He was an amazing man and dad .he was my rock through the most trying times of my life..I couldn't have asked for a better father I was born on his 25th birthday what a blessing that is ..he lived a great life and did a lot of amazing things I am truly blessed and grateful to be able to call him DAD..I will miss you and I love you
February 28, 2019
We have lost Ron on earth, but, The Lord has gained an Angel in Heaven. Ron always said he was so looking forward to going to Heaven and seeing grandson Corey , and brother Warren, again.
Ron and I met at a very young age, and bonded for the next 75 years. I was best man at Ron and Betty's wedding, and he was best man at mine and Barbara's! He and his music will be missed every time I hear any song that we both sang together through the years. He will be in my heart and mind for the rest of my days. Rest in Peace, now, Ron, your pain is over and your joy in Heaven begins.
February 27, 2019
I am saddened to lose a dear friend. He taught me many things I didn't know -- especially about music. There was never a song nor artist that he couldn't enlighten me on. There two things of passion for him ... conversation and food. He dearly loved a good restaurant that knew how to bring him food he enjoyed. But he and I didn't always make the best of choices. On one trip to visit the hometown of Jimmy Dean, he and I chose a place to eat. It was such a dump that we kept wondering if we would walk out alive or slide out on a stretcher. But we kept noticing other people walking in and still walking when leaving so we suspected we were okay. But we were never quite sure. Ron loved photography as he loved his music. He put the two together and understood the culture of both. Ron was an intelligent person with a curious mind. He often talked about how he started out in the steel mills but then went to school and became an English teacher. He could talk about the Civil War for hours on end. Ron, rest in peace. You deserve all the welcome rest you can get. You were, and always will be, a special person -- Danny Graber and Rhonda Yoder.
Nona (Stevens) Babiarz
February 26, 2019
Ron was the Historian of our family. He put together our family tree on the Stevens side. He did a wonderful job and I will be forever grateful. On many occasions I have referred to the book to refresh my memory. We had a lot of good times from childhood to adulthood. Ron will truly be missed. Rest in peace, cousin.