Ronald E. Addy

Born May 15, 1934

Ronald Elliott Addy, 79, of Peoria Heights passed away from lung cancer on November 10, 2013 at his home. Ron was born to Irene Addy on May 15, 1934. A lifelong Peorian, Ron attended Woodruff High School. He joined the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1950’s and served with pride. After his stint with the Air Force, he continued his years of service by working at the Air National Guard. He completed his career with the City of Peoria’s Public Works Department, where he retired in 1995.

Ron married Dora McMillan on October 25, 1957 and they recently celebrated 56 years together. Surviving are his wife Dora Addy of Peoria Heights, and his daughters -Ronda Addy of Peoria Heights and Jill (Tim) Wright, of Peoria. His brother-in-law, Dan McMillan (Kathy) of Odell also survives.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother Irene Addy, his father-in-law and mother-inlaw, Claude and Edna McMillan, one sister-in-law and one brother-in-law along with his extended family of aunts and uncles on his mother’s side of the family.

While his actual biological family has always been rather small, Ron more than made up for it with his close-knit extended family including his “other daughters”, Heidi (Kevin) Stearns and Malinda (John) Radloff. Anyone who is reading this probably already knows that the four people who brought him the most joy would be his best buddies – Garris, Kaden and Drake Radloff and Kian McCandless. The joy that these four boys brought to “Big Ron” can never be expressed enough and for that his family will always be grateful.

Ron was a fixture in Peoria Heights, walking, biking, helping out his neighbors with any fix-it project they had in the works and making sure he had the most impeccable yard on Prospect. In fact, rather than writing this, we are certain that he would prefer we were out raking his leaves.

A private memorial service will be at a later date. In lieu flowers, the family has requested memorial be made to The Greater Peoria Honor Flight. Online condolences to the family may be made at


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Dave McCandless

November 16, 2013

We have such wonderful memories of our time with you Big Ron. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have become your neighbor in 2009. Thank you for your endless patience playing with our little boy, his way and on his level, from the time he could walk. Kian just thinks the world of you. You have set such a fine example for him and for us of attitude and how to treat people.

Thank you for everything you've done for our family Big Ron. We miss you so much - you will live on in our memories forever.

Saman, Kian & Dave McCandless

November 15, 2013

Jill, Dora, Rhonda,

I am thinking and praying for your family at this time. I am so very sorry.

Crystal Cole

Rocky (Backus) Wilson

November 15, 2013

Aunt Dody, Rhonda and Jill
I am so sorry for your loss. I was shocked when I pulled up the paper and saw this. I will always remember him fondly as "Uncle Hank". He was one of my dad's best friends growing up and i used to love to listen to the stories about the 2 of them. I remember visiting you all as a child and the playhouse he had built Jill in the backyard. I always thought that was so cool. Cherish the memories you have because i know you have a million! Heaven welcomed another Angel. Tell my daddy i said hello Uncle Hank!

Eric Kelton

November 14, 2013

Ron I know you can read this ....
I just want to say what a great man you are, my kids and I will miss you very much! thank you so much for always helping out with my little guys .
I cant tell you how many times id hear "Dad im going down to Ron's so he can help me with my bike " or me getting mad at Cole because he would just open up your shed and air up his tire... Cole would always say don't worry dad Ron lets me.
Addi would always come home with a pop sickle some how and so many other great things you would do just because.
Thank You Ron for always being so kind to my family . I ...We will all miss you old friend
Thank You Ron for not only helping out with this or that but most of all teaching my children life lessons that they will never forget....Kindness
We will see you on the other side
Thank you
The Kelton Family

Jim Douglas

November 14, 2013

Jill, We are deeply sorry for the loss of your Father. Keep him in your heart and remember all the fix it's he did for you!

Adell Wright

November 13, 2013

Dear cousin Dora. So sorry to read about
Ron.. it is very hard to lose a spouse that we have lived with and loved for so long. I have been there and know that ....Keep the Faith....

Leslie Kibler

November 13, 2013

Jill, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Mary Gray and Family

November 13, 2013

SO sorry for your prayers are with you.

Chris Addis-Hubbard

November 13, 2013

Jill, so sorry for your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers

don bowton

November 13, 2013

hi Dora,sincere condolences Dora. I never made the connection but I went all thru woodruff with Ron. think of you often. Jo and I live in Brownsville,tx. (