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Ronald Leedale Harris

  • Birth 19 Nov 1978 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 22 Sep 2004 Chatsworth, Livingston County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 15388419

Ronald Leedale Harris

Chatsworth-- Ronald Leedale Harris was found dead in a garage in Chatsworth, Wednesday, September 22, 2004, at 9 o'clock a.m.

He was born November 19, 1978, at Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, Ill., the son of Ronald Keith Harris and Mary Joane McBride.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, and maternal grandfather, a aunt Reva Smith, a cousin Kenneth Dale McBride.

He is survived by his parents; one brother Joseph Ray Harris, Chatsworth, one sister Carol Marie Harris, Chatsworth, Ill., and his maternal grandmother, Piney Ellen Hornsby McBride, and one niece Mariah Kay Wahls, two aunts, Ellen (Tom) Hanlon, Crescent City, Ill., Marie McBride, Chatsworth, Ill., three uncles; Wayne (Janice) McBride, Alvin, Ill., Richard McBride, Chatsworth, Ill., Roger McBride, Chatsworth, Ill.

Funeral services will be Friday at the Martin Burke Funeral Home, Chatsworth, Ill.

Burial will follow in the Onarga Cemetery, Onarga, Ill.

Forever loved and missed.

I will never forget the morning my daughter Carol came into my bedroom and told me Mom Ronnie is gone i said what do you mean did he go to Mesa, Arizona, (he was planning on it) she said no Mom he is dead.

The State Police said he had been dead at least 12 hours because of the rigor mortis, that was not so because he was with his sister at 1:30 that night and he wanted her to go for a walk and she could'nt because of her curfew so that is only 7 and 1/2 hours.

Ronald was found September 22, 2004 at 9o'clock Wednesday morning by his cousin they had a job to do that day.

He was found lying face down on a concrete floor in a garage where they had rented to start a detailing shop. He had $600.00 dollars on him it was not on his body.

He was with two guys and a girl that night, the girl was questioned and the detective felt she knew something and they were going to question her again, i don't think they did . I don''t think the guys were questioned.

The coroner on the scene told me that it looked suspicious, their was blood from his mouth and nose, with a white substance in the blood. The coroner said if a person on alcohol and drugs in a person system, you don't find them laying on their stomach.

The coroner called about the inquest in his death and he told me what they would do, on the phone i asked him if he had any brain trauma, no, if his heart had exploded, no, if he had any broken bones, no, their was nothing he could tell me. He said the only person that could tell us was my son and the people that was with him.

His death is listed as Undetermined. The coroner also told me to keep asking and pushing for answers in his death until i was satsified with the results.

I am requesting everything they have on his death under THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT. I received the papers and their is not a lot of information in them. But they messed up and sent me the crime scene pictures and i cannot bring myself to look at them.

My son was a kind person , he would give you his shirt off his back if someone needen it more than him.

When you lose a loved one,
You'll never be quite the same,
There's always a little teardrop,
At the mention of their name,
Time may ease the heartache,
And eye's no longer cry,
But there's a little voice inside,
That never says "goodbye"..

And so it comes, just as it is
A day no longer here
And through my trembling fingertips
The memories of the years
I wave farewell to my SON
I will never forget you never
I wonder if our happy times
Will stay with me forever
But as i cry in pain of losing my son
I will not close this book and say
Farewell it is done
For good byes creates swift hello's
And the days you will so see
That though it hurts to say good-bye

A Special Thank You to MEDORA for sponsoring Ronnie

Family Members


  • Created by: In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney
  • Added: 16 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15388419
  • Medora
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald Leedale Harris (19 Nov 1978–22 Sep 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15388419, citing Onarga Cemetery, Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by In Memory of my son Ronald and mother Piney (contributor 46858168) .