Ronald F. Marlier

  • Born: October 9, 1941
  • Died: May 11, 2019
  • Location: Sterling, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family

STERLING – Ronald F. Marlier, 77 of Sterling died Saturday May 11, 2019 at his home.

He was born on October 9, 1941 in Moline, IL the son of Walter and Irma (Herman) Marlier. He had earned his AA degree from Black Hawk College; his BA degree from the University of Iowa; his MA degree from Rockford College. Ron had completed post graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Northern Illinois University and Knox College having earned combined total of 30 credits above his MA. He married Shirley Watt on February 9, 1980. She died June 14, 2004. Ron was a charter member of the faculty of Sauk Valley Community College beginning in 1966, until his retirement in 2000 as Director of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs. He had served on the Whiteside County Board for 14 years; he had been active in politics locally and at the state level. Ron had served as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman; as the past treasurer of the Rock Falls Lions Club; as past President and member of the Whiteside County Association for the Mentally Handicapped; and a past member of the Education Committee for Exceptional Care Center. Ron enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling, golfing and dancing. He was an avid Chicago CUBS and Iowa Hawkeye fan.

Surviving are his sons: Matthew (Angela) Marlier of Moline, IL and Michael Marlier; step daughters: Kimberly (Phillip) Crump of Sterling and Amy Smith Henderson, CO; 8 grandchildren: Sarah (Isaac) Kittleson, Drew Marlier, Hayley Marlier, Alexzander Crump, Molly (Hector) Ruiz, James Crump, Amber Smith and Bailey Smith.; and one step great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Shirley and his brother Gary Marlier

Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 15, 2019 from 5-7 PM at the McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Avenue in Rock Falls. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday at 10 AM in Sacred heart Catholic Church in Sterling with the Reverend Bruce Ludeke officiating. Burial will conclude on Friday at the Union Cemetery in Harshaw, WI.


Condolence & Memory Journal

To my Father; thank you for all the great boyhood memories and experiences as your son. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Michael Marlier - Illinois City, IL - Son   July 23, 2019

We became to know Ron on his visits to a friend in our area.What a nice fellow and a kind spirit.Before long Ron found out we were avid Penn State fans who of course get to play his beloved Iowa Hawkeyes.Just as luck would have it,the Lions were fortunate to beat the Hawks on very last minute type plays.Needless to say Ron was not the happiest Iowa fan .However,he would accept the fact the Lions had won even if according to Ron were the luckiest team in America.A fine sport and a friend we will miss.

Posted by dave kule - Laporte, PA - Friend   May 22, 2019

Condolences to the family. Ron was my SVCC advisor in 1967 and we remained friends for decades. He will be missed. Such a talented man who gave back to the community ten fold. May he RIP

Posted by Glenda Bruins - Nelson, IL - Friend   May 22, 2019

Shortly after I was discharged from the Navy in 1967, a friend and I were considering going to a data processing school in the Quad Cities. We met Ron at a party that winter and he said SVC had a data processing program and talked us into going. We started school there the next semester. I owe my career as a software engineer to Ron.

Posted by Daniel Wells - Sterling IL, IL - Friend   May 14, 2019

I grew up with Ron (and Shirley), as my Aunt and Uncle. They were close to both my Dad (Charlie), and my mom (Mickey). There's so many stories, and many of them funny. Ok, most are funny. I remember the trips up to Northern Wisconsin, or the odd coincidence of Ron showing up in Biloxi Mississippi when I finished up US Air Force Tech School, and being the first family I saw since I left. Oddly enough, similar enough to when i went off to college, and he was in town. When my old man had his strokes, and his eventual passing, Ron was someone I could reach out to.

I also know how he would do what he can for anyone that walked into his office out at Sauk Valley Community College. Veteran, Single Mom, didn't matter. He knew Financial Aid better than anyone, and used that knowledge to help people.

Posted by Adam Sporluck - Danville, IL - Family Friend   May 14, 2019

We have known Ron since our time at Sauk Valley College in 1967. Ron was a good person. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in Peace, dear friend.

Posted by michael and Pennie von Bergen wessels - Ocean Isl Bch, NC - Friend   May 14, 2019

Ron and I were among those who helped found Sauk Valley College and were part of its first faculty/staff in 1966. After 53 years we could look back with pride at the thousands of students for whom Sauk provided a higher education. It was a pleasure to have had Ron as a colleague and friend for over half a century. After a job well done... Rest In Peace, Ron.

Posted by George Vrhel - Sterling, IL - Friend   May 12, 2019