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Marengo-Union Funeral Home

505 East Grant Highway, Marengo, IL

OBITUARY

Ronald "Coach" Traven

March 8, 1948November 13, 2019
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Ronald Charles Traven, 71, of Marengo, IL, passed away November 13, 2019.

Beloved husband of 49 years to Rose Traven (nee May). Loving father of Peter (Johanna) Traven, of Pittsburgh, PA; Philip (Sarah) Traven, of Geneva, IL; and Allison (Ryan) Schultz, of Chicago, IL. Beloved “Papa” of Graham (10), Cooper (7), Sloan (3) Traven of Geneva; and Margot (2) Traven of Pittsburgh. Dear brother of Deborah (James) Rogan. Brother-in-law of Nancy May, Ann (Thomas) Lalor, Tony (Ann) May, Gordon May (Charlotte Hansen), and Mary (Jack) Leonard.

Preceded in death by his parents: Delores and Charles Traven; his sister: Meg (Jack) O’Keeffe; brother in-law: John May; sister-in-law: Susan (James) Cameron, and Barbara Hendricks.

Ronald Traven was born in Joliet, IL, on March 8, 1948, to Delores (Dede) and Charles (Chuck) Traven where he attended Joliet Catholic High School before graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies before later earning a Masters in Education. Ron met Rose at Northern Illinois University before being wed in 1970 the same year he accepted his first teaching and coaching position at Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights. Ron accepted a teaching position at Marengo Community High School (MCHS) in 1972 and relocated to Marengo where he would teach social studies for a total of 34 years at MCHS with many of those years as Social Studies Department Head. Ron coached a total of 69 teams over his 34 years at MCHS: Basketball (31 seasons coached at MCHS); Football (26 seasons); Softball (7 seasons as Varsity head coach); Baseball (5 seasons). Over the years Coach Traven simply became known as “Coach” to students, former students, friends and family. Career coaching highlights included: over 400 wins as freshman and sophomore head basketball coach; state runner up in football in 1992 and football 3A semi-finalists in 1996 and 1997; Varsity Softball Career Record of 148-75; 2-Time Northwest Herald Area Coach of Year (Softball); Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2005 induction). Following retirement from MCHS he served as an assistant coach on the Prairie Ridge 2008 Class 4A State Championship Baseball team. Ron always lived life to its fullest and with a smile and remained extremely active in retirement by spending time with his family and grandchildren, substitute teaching, attending countless Bears and Cubs games, working his lifelong “dream retirement job” at Wrigley Field and traveling with Rose.

Visitation at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo, IL on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 4-8pm, where Funeral Prayers will begin on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 10:15am and proceed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, for Mass at 11am.

Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Ron’s honor to Cycle for Survival (please see link below) 100% of Cycle for Survival funds go directly to funding Memorial Sloan Kettering’s research of rare cancers.

Arrangements entrusted to Marengo-Union Funeral Home, for information call (815) 568-8131.

  • FAMILY

  • Rose (nee May) Traven, Wife
  • Peter Traven (Johanna), Son
  • Philip Traven (Sarah), Son
  • Allison Schultz (Ryan), Daughter
  • Graham Traven, Grandchild
  • Cooper Traven, Grandchild
  • Sloan Traven, Grandchild
  • Margot Traven, Grandchild
  • Deborah Rogan (James), Sister
  • Nancy May, Sister-in-law
  • Ann Lalor (Thomas), Sister-in-law
  • Tony May (Ann), Brother-in-law
  • Gordon May (Charlotte Hansen), Brother-in-law
  • Mary Leonard. (Jack), Sister-in-law
  • Delores Traven, Mother (deceased)
  • Charles Traven, Father (deceased)
  • Meg O’Keeffe (Jack), Sister (deceased)
  • John May, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Susan Cameron (James), Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Barbara Hendricks, Sister-in-law (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, November 17, 2019
  • Funeral Prayers Monday, November 18, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 18, 2019

Memories

Ronald "Coach" Traven

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Olivia Canania

November 23, 2019

I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Coach was the best person to have come into my life while attending Prairie Ridge my junior and senior year. Every time I had a substitute teacher, coach would be there and I don’t think I’d ever been so excited for a sub in my life. He always shared stories of his 50 years teaching and coaching and it was never a dull moment around him. Being new to Prairie Ridge in the beginning it felt like I knew no one. I felt a bit invisible at times, but coach remembered every student of his and made a point to say hi to me anytime he saw me and ask me how I was doing. It was incredible to me that he even remembered my name. He was definitely a light in the halls of PR and I can’t describe how much he will truly be missed. Rest easy, Coach. ❤️

Shelby Hernandez (Voss)

November 20, 2019

I graduated high school nearly 7 years ago and during that time Coach was a substitute teacher so I really didn’t even see him that often.. just a month or so ago I ran into him at Walmart and he recognized me first and made a point to say hello and ask me how I have been. It takes a special person to touch the hearts of as many people as he did.

Greig Lindholm

November 17, 2019

"Hey Lindy...what? What are ya doing here?" Coach would ask me this often in my times of judgemental lapses in school. I will strive to be as bold of a Cubs fan as he was. Coach was one of the good ones. Gonna miss him.

Joyce Sheridan

November 15, 2019

My daughters both shared Coach Traven's obituary on Facebook, so I asked who he was. These are their answers:
Genesis Sheridan
"The best coach and substitute teach at prairie ridge. Literally the most amazing man like equivalent to mason the football coach. Saw that man everyday of high school my senior year😭"


Savannah Sheridan
"Yes was amazing and cared about every student and was so funny and subbed at school for teachers and gym. And would just pop in to say hi but he left a seriously memorable impression "

Linda Jakubowski

November 15, 2019

Wally and I were so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. We always enjoyed his good nature and sense of humor. Rose, our prayers are with you and your family. May you find peace in time. Wally and Linda Jakubowski

Kathy McKnight

November 15, 2019

Traven was a great friend, many memories at Marengo and Belvidere watching him coach, and loved going to Cubs games with him, his knowledge of Cubs history was endless. He will be missed greatly. Kathy and Steve McKnight

Miranda (Schirmer) Rutkowski

November 15, 2019

Traven Family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Coach Traven is one of those charismatic high school teachers that always stuck in my mind. I will never forget the life lessons he tried to teach us, that he always called me "Schirm," and his love of the weekly "Big Hit Stick" in football. Condolences and prayers to you all <3

Theresa Gray-Pedersen

November 14, 2019

Rose, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. May peace surround your entire family.....
-Theresa Gray-Pedersen (Clay Academy)

Lydia Scianna

November 14, 2019

He was always sharing childhood stories during class.

David Mitroff

November 14, 2019

Will always remember Ron’s love of the players, the Cubs and that infectious smile which was a true picture of his soul. RIP my friend you made a difference in the lives of many students and to those you served with. PR2008forever

David A Mitroff
Phoenix Arizona

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Biography

Ronald Charles Traven, 71, of Marengo, IL, passed away November 13, 2019. Beloved husband of 49 years to Rose Traven (nee May). Loving father of Peter (Johanna) Traven, of Pittsburgh, PA; Philip (Sarah) Traven, of Geneva, IL; and Allison (Ryan) Schultz, of Chicago, IL.

Beloved “Papa” of Graham (10), Cooper (7), Sloan (3) Traven of Geneva; and Margot (2) Traven of Pittsburgh. Dear brother of Deborah (James) Rogan. Brother-in-law of Nancy May, Ann (Thomas) Lalor, Tony (Ann) May, Gordon May (Charlotte Hansen), and Mary (Jack) Leonard.

Preceded in death by his parents: Delores and Charles Traven; his sister: Meg (Jack) O’Keeffe; brother in-law: John May; sister-in-law: Susan (James) Cameron, and Barbara Hendricks.

Ronald Traven was born in Joliet, IL, on March 8, 1948, to Delores (Dede) and Charles (Chuck) Traven where he attended Joliet Catholic High School before graduating from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies before later earning a Masters in Education. Ron met Rose at Northern Illinois University before being wed in 1970 the same year he accepted his first teaching and coaching position at Marian Catholic in Chicago Heights. Ron accepted a teaching position at Marengo Community High School (MCHS) in 1972 and relocated to Marengo where he would teach social studies for a total of 34 years at MCHS with many of those years as Social Studies Department Head. Ron coached a total of 69 teams over his 34 years at MCHS: Basketball (31 seasons coached at MCHS); Football (26 seasons); Softball (7 seasons as Varsity head coach); Baseball (5 seasons). Over the years Coach Traven simply became known as “Coach” to students, former students, friends and family. Career coaching highlights included: over 400 wins as freshman and sophomore head basketball coach; state runner up in football in 1992 and football 3A semi-finalists in 1996 and 1997; Varsity Softball Career Record of 148-75; 2-Time Northwest Herald Area Coach of Year (Softball); Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame (2005 induction). Following retirement from MCHS he served as an assistant coach on the Prairie Ridge 2008 Class 4A State Championship Baseball team. Ron always lived life to its fullest and with a smile and remained extremely active in retirement by spending time with his family and grandchildren, substitute teaching, attending countless Bears and Cubs games, working his lifelong “dream retirement job” at Wrigley Field and traveling with Rose.