Ronald K. Sonner

Born: Sat., Jun. 5, 1943
Died: Fri., May 19, 2017


9:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Fri., Jun. 02, 2017
Location: Fox Valley Presbyterian Church

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jun. 02, 2017
Location: Fox Valley Presbyterian Church

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Ron Sonner, 73, of Batavia, IL, died peacefully surrounded by family members at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Joliet, IL, on Friday, May 19, 2017, after suffering a heart attack while golfing with friends and left his earthly life to be in heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He was born on June 5, 1943, in Duluth, MN, the only child of Robert Sonner and Vera McKellar Sonner and moved to Rochester, NY, at the age of 2 where he lived the rest of his childhood and into early adulthood.  He was a life-long employee of the Eastman Kodak Company with a career that spanned over 43 years.  After graduating from high school, he worked nights in color print and processing while attending the University of Rochester where he earned a business degree.  He was hired by Kodak as a sales associate in Business Systems, earning many awards throughout his 28-year career.

On June 29, 1973, he married Linda Gray of Moline, IL.  They lived in the Quad Cities until they moved to Batavia, IL, in late 1982.  He is also survived by two sons, John and David Sonner and daughter-in-law Chrisy, and cousins, Bruce Martin, Dick Sonner, and Kevin Mullaney of Rochester, NY, as well as brothers- and sisters-in-law, Tom and Donna Leiting of Eldridge, IA, Jack and Linda Gray of Olin, IA, and Stan Reid of Loveland, CO; and nieces and nephews, Laura White, Katie Schouten, Bruce Gray, Ryan Gray, Teresa Alexander, and Jason Reid and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to being an excellent golfer, Ron enjoyed working in the yard with his wife Linda, sharing conversation and an occasional glass of wine or beer with friends and family in the gazebo, and practicing his carpentry skills in projects around home.  Ron was known for his gift for gab and practical jokes and caring for others through the Stephen’s Ministry program at his church, Fox Valley Presbyterian in Geneva, IL.  He will be deeply missed by family and friends.

A memorial service for Ron is planned for Friday, June 2, at 11 am with visitation from 9:30 to 11 am at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 Eastside Drive, Geneva.  A reception follows in the Great Hall.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Living Waters for the World, Fox Valley Presbyterian Church, 227 Eastside Drive, Geneva, IL  60134.

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The State Bank of Geneva
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
From all of us at The State Bank of Geneva we send our deep sympathy to all the Sonner Family. Ron's happy teasing personality will be missed.

   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Linda, John, David-

I will always have great memories of "Mr. Sonner." He would always find that extra time to visit John & I (at school) while on his business trips, taking us out to dinner, or just to stop in and say hello. My thoughts and prayers.
Gregg Lindahl

Tim Wolfe
   Posted Mon May 22, 2017
Mr. Sonner is a guy that will be missed by many. Personally, I'm incredibly thankful to have had him as a leader in scouts. He was a great example, and always seemed willing to help and guide. As an adult, I enjoyed running into him at random spots. I always knew he'd be there with a smile, and a great conversation was bound to take place. Maybe it was just two sales guys talking it up, but there was something special about him that was really genuine. It's fair to say that Mr. Sonner made my day better each time I saw him. I'm gonna miss seeing him, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.


John Fagnan
   Posted Tue May 23, 2017
My deepest condolence. I worked with Ron for many years at Kodak - they did not come any better - such a good Man. My thoughts & prayers are with you all. May God Bless you all through this difficult time.

Ryan, Dina, Ethan, and Liz Gray
   Posted Fri May 26, 2017
You have our thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss.

Jenny Holmes
   Posted Tue May 30, 2017
Dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May you be comforted by the embrace of God's spirit, family and friends, and many happy memories. Blessings, Jenny Holmes

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