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Ronald L “Pee Wee” Hollembeak

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Ronald L “Pee Wee” Hollembeak

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30 Jul 2010 (aged 71)
Cherry Valley, Winnebago County, Illinois, USA
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'Pee Wee' Ronald Lee Hollembeak, 71 CHERRY VALLEY - "Pee Wee" Ronald Lee Hollembeak, 71, of Cherry Valley died at 1:37 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010, from injuries in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 20, 1939, to Haskell "Stub" and Bessie Perryman Hollembeak, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sally Murphy Hollembeak; son, Chad (Cheryl) Hollembeak of Cherry Valley; and daughters, Jill Hollembeak of Chicago and Dawn Hollembeak of Austin, Texas. His brother, Gerald (Sharon) Hollembeak of South Beloit and South Padre Island, also survives him. He was blessed with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. His extended family includes sisters- and brothers-in-law, Pat and Bill Gorsuch, Kathy Sundberg, Mary Erickson, Terry and Sherry Murphy and Tim and Connie Murphy. His brother-in-law, Vance Sundberg, and great-niece, Amelia Gorsuch, also predeceased him.

In 2004, Pee Wee was selected as Cherry Valley's Citizen of the Year. He was proud of living in Cherry Valley with his family and many friends, and showed this by volunteering for numerous civic functions. He was the current president of the Cherry Valley Historical Society. He spent many hours working on the monuments at the cemetery in Cherry Valley, a project of the Historical Society.

Although he retired from Ironworkers Local 498 in 2000, he never quit working. One of his passions was people, especially those who served this country in the military.

He visited and interviewed veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and put their stories on video.

Another passion was sports, especially basketball. DePaul University coach Doug Bruno dubbed him the "Happy Hooker" because of his ability to make hook shots from either direction.

He also loved cars and was a former member of the car club "Drag-ons."

Pee Wee was a lifelong member of the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church and was active in the Methodist Men's Group and was always a ready volunteer.

Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time; the Rev. Monty Fox will officiate. Burial in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Visitation also from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, 112 N. Cherry St., Cherry Valley, IL 61016; or Honor Flight Chicago, an organization that funds money to veterans so that they may visit Washington, D.C., for a day of honor, 938 W. Montana St., Chicago, IL 60614.

'Pee Wee' Ronald Lee Hollembeak, 71 CHERRY VALLEY - "Pee Wee" Ronald Lee Hollembeak, 71, of Cherry Valley died at 1:37 p.m. Friday, July 30, 2010, from injuries in an automobile accident.

He was born Jan. 20, 1939, to Haskell "Stub" and Bessie Perryman Hollembeak, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sally Murphy Hollembeak; son, Chad (Cheryl) Hollembeak of Cherry Valley; and daughters, Jill Hollembeak of Chicago and Dawn Hollembeak of Austin, Texas. His brother, Gerald (Sharon) Hollembeak of South Beloit and South Padre Island, also survives him. He was blessed with many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. His extended family includes sisters- and brothers-in-law, Pat and Bill Gorsuch, Kathy Sundberg, Mary Erickson, Terry and Sherry Murphy and Tim and Connie Murphy. His brother-in-law, Vance Sundberg, and great-niece, Amelia Gorsuch, also predeceased him.

In 2004, Pee Wee was selected as Cherry Valley's Citizen of the Year. He was proud of living in Cherry Valley with his family and many friends, and showed this by volunteering for numerous civic functions. He was the current president of the Cherry Valley Historical Society. He spent many hours working on the monuments at the cemetery in Cherry Valley, a project of the Historical Society.

Although he retired from Ironworkers Local 498 in 2000, he never quit working. One of his passions was people, especially those who served this country in the military.

He visited and interviewed veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam, and put their stories on video.

Another passion was sports, especially basketball. DePaul University coach Doug Bruno dubbed him the "Happy Hooker" because of his ability to make hook shots from either direction.

He also loved cars and was a former member of the car club "Drag-ons."

Pee Wee was a lifelong member of the Cherry Valley United Methodist Church and was active in the Methodist Men's Group and was always a ready volunteer.

Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, with visitation from 10 a.m. to service time; the Rev. Monty Fox will officiate. Burial in Cherry Valley Cemetery. Visitation also from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cherry Valley United Methodist Church, 112 N. Cherry St., Cherry Valley, IL 61016; or Honor Flight Chicago, an organization that funds money to veterans so that they may visit Washington, D.C., for a day of honor, 938 W. Montana St., Chicago, IL 60614.

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