Ronnie L. Pillars

  • Born: May 6, 1947
  • Died: July 23, 2020
  • Location: Rock Falls, Illinois

McDonald Funeral Home

1002 12th Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071

Tel. (815) 626-6311

Tribute & Message From The Family


Ronnie L. Pillars, age 73 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 23, 2020 at his home.

Ron was born on May 6, 1947, the son of Clevie Harrison and Juanita V. (Thomas) Pillars. He was a United States Army Veteran. Ron married Connie Gregg on December 5, 1969 in Sterling. He worked for Union Pacific Railroad (formerly Chicago Northwestern) from 1969 until he retired in 2007. Ronnie enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, listening to music, and an Old Milwaukee. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go down to the lower dam to drink his coffee every morning.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Connie; his daughter, Kari Pillars of Sterling; his son, Ronnie L. Pillars II (Sheila) of Rock Falls; three grandchildren, Taylor Hendrix, Logan Pillars and Owen Pillars; his sister, Sara McCoy of Rock Falls; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Bill Pillars.

Cremation rites have been accorded with the McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory in Rock Falls.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of you and your family. One of the hardest things in life is loosing your life partner and the strong hold of the family. Our hearts go out to you today. We hope in time your hearts will heal and be able to carry on the hopes and dreams that Ron had for all of you.

Posted by Dick and Dee Kradle - Sterling, IL - Family Friend   July 31, 2020

Connie, you and your family are in my prayers! I am thinking of you. I am so grateful I was able to meet Ron.

Posted by Roe Powers - Friend   July 27, 2020

You have my condolences. Ron was a good man who cared a lot about his family. Some mornings I would stop a the dam and talk with Ron. He will be missed.

Posted by stephen Kelemen - Rockfalls, IL - Friend   July 27, 2020

Condolences to all the family in your loss of Ronnie. God bless.

Posted by Ron and Doreen Bontz - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   July 26, 2020

Connie, I am so sorry to hear of Ronnie's passing.May you and your family carry his memories always! Prayers to you and your Family! Mattie

Posted by Mattie and David Jacobs - sterling, IL - Friend   July 26, 2020

The Hoffman family is saddened by the loss of your loved one. Prayers for the family

Posted by Drew Hoffman - Morrison, IL - Friend   July 25, 2020

You have lost a very special man. The memories that you have will carry in your hearts for a long time. You are all in my heart and my prayers.

Posted by Lori Linn - Rockford, IL - Classmate   July 25, 2020

Connie, I am so sincerely sorry about Ron. I think of you nearly every day and always with love. May God bless you and your children.

Posted by Margaret Hurley jiminez - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 25, 2020

Oh Connie I am deeply sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Diane Rude - Sterling, IL   July 25, 2020

So sorry for the unimaginable loss and pain. I pray that you can gain strength from the memories and know he's looking down, drinking a beer, and smiling. Love you all...

Posted by Denise Meyer - New Berlin, WI - Family Friend   July 25, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Seeing childhood friends passing makes us think of years of memories. You will have many of Ron to cherish.

Posted by Kay Waldschmidt-Camper    July 25, 2020

I am so very sad to hear that Ronnie has passed. My condolences to the whole beautiful family. I love you all very much

Posted by Cindy Dexter - Sterling, IL - Friend   July 25, 2020

Ron and Connie were the best. Always had a good tome when we were all together. We love and will miss him.

Posted by Dennis and Debbie Gibbons - Murray, iowa, IA - Friend   July 25, 2020

Deepest heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Know that he loved you all very much and he was loved as well.

Posted by DuWayne and Helen Doane - Rock Falls, IL - Friend   July 25, 2020