Ronald Willey

Oct. 26, 1953 - May 12, 2017

DIXON — Ronald Willey, 63, of Dixon, died Friday, May 12, 2017, at his home. He was a Vice President of the family business, Eller and Willey Block Company. Most recently he enjoyed driving a semi truck for Ryder / Do It Best.

Memorial visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m., on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Memorial services will be 11 a.m., on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the funeral home, with Pastor Ron West, assistant pastor at Bethel Evangelical Congregation Church in Dixon, officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon, at a later date.

Ron was born Oct. 26, 1953, the son of M. Charles and Mary (Wright) Willey. He married his best friend, Laura Sitter on Sept. 21, 1973, in Dixon. Over the years, Ron enjoyed watching and coaching his kids’ sports activities, spending time with his grandkids, going out to breakfast with his friends, and cheering on the Cubs with Laura. His cabin along the river was a place where he loved to spend time with his family and his loyal friend, Denny Bellows.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Willey, of Dixon; four children, Beth (John) Thing, of Rochester, Sarah (Dave) Johnson, of Aurora; Jon (Brandi) Willey, Rob Willey; his mother, Mary Willey; three siblings, Kenneth (Sarah) Willey, Carol (Gary) Pierce, Janet (Ron) West, all of Dixon; seven grandchildren, Addy, Cooper, and Owen Willey, Carter and Lexie Johnson, Paige and Megan Thing; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; an infant brother, Steven Willey; and one brother, Donald Willey.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon.

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