Ronald "Ron" M. Castillo

November 14, 1932April 27, 2019

Ronald “Ron” M. Castillo, 86, of Peoria died April 27, 2019 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.

He was born on November 14, 1932 in Chicago IL. In 1951, before the advent of the heart-lung machine and before open heart surgery became a commonplace event, a surgeon at a university research hospital in Chicago placed a hand inside Ron’s beating heart to repair a congenital heart defect. That day helped ensure a long and fulfilling life for a boy who was sickly and literally blue. And perhaps all of us with heart disease are today benefitting from his involvement in this risky open heart surgery research at the young age of 19.

Six weeks later,“The Man of Steel” started working in sales at Ryerson Steel in Chicago. He worked in the steel industry his entire career, retiring from O’Brien Steel in Peoria.

And just two months after his surgery, he became a dad for the first time. He was the proud father of four daughters and nothing pleased him more than being surrounded by his girls. He and Dee backed all their girls’ endeavors, attending piano recitals, baton competitions, swim meets, band concerts and plays, coaching softball teams, and then carrying on that enthusiastic involvement with their grandchildrens’ activities.

Ron was a rabid Chicago sports fan and was so thrilled to witness the 2016 World Series win of his beloved Chicago Cubs. Next time you see a “W” flag waving, know that Ron would be happy.

Surviving are his wife Ginger, daughters Renee Cabbage and Nancy Castillo (Lois Geshiwlm), son-in-law Brian Dobias, granddaughters Emily Cabbage (Nick Rohle), Erin Dobias (Nick Edmonds), grandsons Matt Dobias, Noah and Joe Kane, and 4 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are step-children Barb Van Wyck and Steve Kelleher.

He suffered greatly the loss of his wife of 44 years, Dee, his eldest daughter Deb Dobias age 63, his youngest daughter Lisa Kane age 42, and his son-in-law Guy Cabbage at 42.

At Ron & Ginger’s request, there will be no visitation. If you wish to honor Ron with a donation, please consider OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.


  • RENEE CABBAGE, Daughter
  • BARB VAN WYCK, Step child
  • STEVE KELLEHER, Step child
  • BRIAN DOBIAS, Son-in-law
  • EMILY CABBAGE (NICK ROHLE), Granddaughter
  • ERIN DOBIAS (NICK EDMONDS ), Granddaughter
  • MATT DOBIAS, Grandson
  • NOAH AND JOE KANE, Grandsons
  • ~ FOUR ~, Great Grandchildren
  • He suffered greatly the loss of his wife of 44 years, Dee; his eldest daughter Deb Dobias, age 63; his youngest daughter, Lisa Kane, age 42; and his son-in-law, Guy Cabbage at age 42.


  • There will be no visitation or funeral services.


Ronald "Ron" M. Castillo

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David Parkinson, Barber

May 3, 2019

I have had the pleasure of knowing Ron for many years as his barber. His visits we're always looked forward to. He was one of the finest men I have ever known. I will miss him. David Parkinson. My thoughts are with you, Ginger.

Marge Castello Crafton

May 2, 2019

My Uncle Ron will be truly missed. Although we never got see each other ,he was always on my mind and heart.
He was my Dad's brothet who cared about me when i was young and going through s rough time.
Love you Uncle Ron.

Sandy Griggs

May 1, 2019


I was so sad to see Ron had passed, what a nice man. You two had so much fun together. Wishing you peace and comfort.

Sandy and Ron Griggs.

T.J. Seiler

April 30, 2019

I worked with/for Ron at O'Brien Steel and have great memories of those days. I am happy to have known Ron and Dee and Ginger as well. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

T.J. Seiler