|Birth: ||Feb. 23, 1938|
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 2011|
Ronald Eugene Dorey, of Bartonville, Ill., passed away Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.
He was born Feb. 23, 1938, at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. He married Janet Price on Oct. 25, 1960, in Bartonville, Ill. Though divorced, they remained friends. They produced the joy of his life, his daughter Alicia, who survives.
He also is survived by his aunt, Annie Smogorzewski; aunt, Jean Smogorzewski; his cousin's widow, Marilyn Smogorzewski; and his many nieces and nephews in Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold V. and Victoria Dorey; his sister, Arlene; his uncles, Andy and Joe Smogorzewski; and his beloved cousin, Joe Smogorzewski Jr.
Ron graduated from Woodruff High School in Peoria, serving as president of the senior class and Key Club. In his teens, he was a lifeguard and was Peoria City Diving Champion. He attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. Over his lifetime, Ron donated more than eight gallons of blood to the Peoria chapter of the American Red Cross.
Ron's career included working at Peoria Drive-In Theater and managing Bellevue Drive-In Theater. He then worked at Hiram Walker as a supervisor in shipping. He was a proud member of the Distillery Workers of America Local No. 55. He retired from Archer Daniels Midland's shipping and receiving department.
Orange was his favorite color and Kellogg's Tony the Tiger was his hero. He collected anything with a fish or sailboat on it. He made fishing flies and lures. He also fashioned many paperweights, rugs and knick-knacks with the fish theme.
Known for his hearty laugh and keen sense of humor, Ron had many and diverse interests and talents. A true Renaissance man. He rebuilt cars and baked bread and pies. Anything that was broken, he fixed. He made many hand-hooked rugs and gave them to family and friends. Ron worked in wood and in metal to produce unusual and interesting works of art, including walnut crochet hooks and jewelry. He made beautiful fillet knives with walnut handles. He painted in oils and created ceramic works from clay. He loved going antiquing with his niece, Debbie Camponovo. His woodworking and metal interests were driven by the need to reclaim materials and save them from going into the landfill.
Ron belonged to Porsche Club of America, winning first place in a PCA-on-Ice race Jan. 31, 1965. During his work life, Ron bowled in local leagues. He was both an avid golfer and golf spectator. An active outdoorsman, Ron was passionate about boating and fishing. He sailed the Illinois River and Lake Michigan.
Alicia and her cousins, Ronnie and Mike Lanz, enjoyed many fishing trips to Wisconsin and Minnesota with Ron and Jan. They also made a canoe and backpacking trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Ron and Jan and two friends canoed from north of Peoria down the Illinois River to Mile Zero at Hardin, Ill.
Throughout adulthood, Ron and his friends and family fished in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada. For the last eight years, he lived on his sailboat in South Haven, Mich., each summer, sailing and fishing Lake Michigan with his daughter, Alicia. He was never happier than when on the water with Alicia.
At the time of his death, Ron was working on a rug called Gone Sailing. We know he is sailing off into the sunset, secure in the knowledge that his beloved and loving daughter, Alicia, will continue his work and traditions.
"Dad, I could sail life's ocean far and wide,
'Neath stormy skies or blue, I could search the land on every side,
I could look the whole world through,
I could find new joys to make me glad,
New friends and pleasures fine,
But I never could find another Dad to take the place of MINE!"
There will be no visitation. Burial will be private today, Oct. 8.
The family thanks those who sent cards and called while Ron lived.
Those who would like to honor Ron's memory are asked to reconnect with their close friends and celebrate life. If you wish, contributions to the American Cancer Society may be made in his honor.
Specifically: Private Burial
Created by: Karen J Lambert
Record added: Oct 08, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77836694