We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Sunset Options Funerals & Cremations Inc.
Ronald (Ron) Ray Tonkinson, 74, 04/25/1948 – 08/30/2022; survived by his best friend, loving partner, longtime companion, and wife of 47 years, Joan Tonkinson. He was a loving father to Craig, who predeceased him in 2018. He was a fun and humorous uncle to numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews and a multitude of friends. Formerly of Maywood, IL, Covina, CA, Overland Park, KS, Elgin, IL, and Williams Bay, WI, Ron was the youngest of four sons born to Marcella and Russell Tonkinson, along with his three older brothers, Jerry, David, and James Tonkinson, all who predeceased him. Ron was a quiet and gentle soul but once he got to know you, his true personality came out as a very funny-lovable guy. Ron enjoyed life and retirement and was a caring owner to his furry friend and companion, Darci. He delighted in taking Darci for rides in his convertible so Darci could enjoy the nice weather and Ron could show off his “blonde” companion!
Ron brought joy to many with his delightful personality, kind heart, and willingness to help. A die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, he ensured that every time the Cubs won, he would instantly sign into Facebook and post his favorite words; “Cubs Win, Cubs Win, Cubs Win!!” He was so afraid that he would never live to see the Cubs win a World Series but the Cubs did not disappoint Ron with their win in 2016. He also thoroughly enjoyed football, cheering on both the Chicago Bears and the Kansas City Chiefs. Ron never ice skated in his life, but he sure encouraged Craig to learn to ice skate and play hockey. He loved watching the Chicago Blackhawks or attending a game when the Blackhawks were in St. Louis or when he and Joan traveled to Chicago. His infectious laugh and kind heart will be missed by many.
Private burial. Please join the family in celebrating Ron’s life on Saturday, October 1, 2022, noon to 5pm at the VFW Hall, 39 E. St. Charles Rd, Villa Park, IL.
In Lieu of Flowers, please donate in Ron’s name to the American Cancer Society.