Ronald J. "Ron" Mathews (1930 – 2017 - )

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Ronald J. Mathews died early in the morning on September 6, 2017 after living with the challenges of Parkinson's disease for over 27 years, He was 87 years old. The perseverance, courage and tenacity that he showed towards his Parkinson's disease made him a true inspiration to all that he touched.
Ron was born on January 7, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to John Steven Mathews and Catherine Helen Krage Mathews of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a degree in Education and from Northwestern University with a Master's Degree in Education. He was a Vice Principal, Guidance Counselor and Teacher in the Chicago Public School system for over 35 years. He was also a retired photographer's mate in the United States Naval Reserve. Upon retiring, he and Marion relocated to Destin, Florida, to be close to the ocean they loved so much.
Ron is survived by his son, John Mathews and daughter-in-law Cathy Mathews of Lake Bluff, Illinois; his daughter, Susie Mahoney and son-in-law, Dr. James M. Mahoney of Urbandale, Iowa; grandsons Andrew Mathews of Chicago, Illinois and Patrick Mahoney, along with his wife Jenny Mahoney of Greenwood, Missouri; brother Willard Mathews and his wife Linda of Fort Worth, Texas; Sister-in-Law, Jeanne Mathews of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, and long-time friend, Grace Fostmeier. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of over 40 years, Marion of Chicago, Illinois; and his brother, Robert Mathews of Mt. Prospect, Illinois.
Memorial services in Florida and Illinois are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association, 1607 Village Square Blvd., Suite 7, Tallahassee, Florida 32309.
We will miss his warmth for strangers, his spirit for adventure, his generosity, his love and guidance, his "green thumb", and his unwavering loyalty to the Chicago Cubs, Bears and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
"Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed, still very dear."
Published in The Crestview News Bulletin on Oct. 16, 2017
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