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“I am so sorry for your loss as I just found out about Mr. Gipsons passing. I am a former student from Montmorency school. Mr. Gipson changed my life...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Vanessa Melton-Ries - Sterling, IL

“My condolences to the family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. He was my sixth grade teacher at St Mary's School. He was one of my favorite...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Lydia Saucedo Skelley - Sterling, IL

“I am so sorry to hear about Ron, I will miss seeing him. My deepest sympathy to Tim and his daughter. He was the most kindness and sweetest man,...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Judy Repass - Friend

“God Bless Ron and his family during this time of mourning! Celebrate his life and remember the times he made you feel loved, special or just made you...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Joe Cesarek - Eagan, MN

“My condolences to the family. I so wish I could have met Ron. But was so happy that I found him. He was my cousin and our interest in Geneology...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Helen Baker - Cape Coral, FL

“Ron's kindness was always his strength. I believe we all have a new advocate in heaven. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Steinbach - Tomball, TX

“So sorry to hear of Ron`s passing.Prayers to all the family during this difficult time. He was a longtime family friend of our family. He was also my...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Gale Waldschmidt Beeker - Troy, IL

“Ron's family and mine were neighbors on 10th Avenue, Rock Falls. It seems we were always outside as kids. The whole neighborhood is part of my make...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Tina Duffy - Birmingham, AL

“Ron and I were 3rd cousins. We recently reconnected on Facebook and were sharing family information. I am so sorry for his husband, extended family...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Nancy L Baldwin - Corning, AR

“So sorry to read about Ron's passing. Hard to believe! We rode back and forth to DeKalb when we were going to college from 1969-1971. He rode with...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Betty Halgren - Sterling, IL

“Ron was a very nice man. I got to know him and his husband through camping trips. I always enjoyed his company. Tim and Ron's family have my deepest...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Jimmy Klein - Madison, WI

“Ron was a lifelong friend. We attended St. Andrew's and Newman together. Ron was two years ahead of me. I was in the same class as his brother,...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Robertson - Punta Gorda, FL

“I will miss you so much Cousin. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Debbie Shepherd - Montgomery, IL

“Ronnie was such a gentle soul. Rest In Peace. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Pam FarleyKoch - Elgin, IL


Ronald James Gipson, 72 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 6, 2020 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on January 25, 1948 in Sterling, the son of Floyd J. and Jean L. (Welker) Gipson. He attended St. Andrew Grade School in Rock falls, Newman Central Catholic High School (Class of 1967) and graduated in 1969 from Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1971 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He also earned a Master's degree in Reading from Northern in 1982, with additional graduate course work over the years. Ron had taught fifth and sixth grades at St. Mary School in Sterling from 1971 – 1974. He then taught the rest of his teaching career at Montmorency School District 145, in Rock Falls from 1974 – 2007. At Montmorency, he taught fifth grade for seven years, third grade for two years and Title I Reading for twenty-four years. In May 2007, during his final week of thirty years at Montmorency he was honored as "Teacher of the Year" at a surprise all-school assembly. He was a member of the Montmorency Education Association, the Whiteside County Retired Teachers Association and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.

A life-long member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, he volunteered, for several years with chapel duty, at least one hour weekly, at the Divine Mercy Chapel located at the church. Ron was an avid reader, who enjoyed reading biographies. Especially anything regarding President John F. Kennedy and entire Kennedy family, and about the life of Abraham Lincoln. He also liked to spend time researching family genealogy and the family connection to many times great-grandfather Austin Gollaher, who was a childhood friend of President Abraham Lincoln. Austin is attributed to saving Lincoln from drowning when they were both children, near Hodgenville, Kentucky. Ron enjoyed traveling. He studied the reading curriculum of various educational institutions while touring England and Scottland, as a graduate student. He especially liked vacationing in Cancun, Mexico. For several years, Ron spearheaded a special group of his fellow Montmorency retired teachers, who met once a month for lunch at various eateries in the area.

Survivors include husband, Tim Harridge; his only daughter, Danielle (Jeff) Bertrand; his granddaughter Norah Bertrand; his sister in law Candy Gipson; two nephews: Brett Gipson and Chad Kimmel; two nieces: Jessica (Brandon) Hoerner and Amy Kimmel; three great nephews: Mason Hoerner, Michael Everly and Brayden Everly; special traveling companion, his cousin Debbie Gipson along with other cousins not of the area.

He was preceded in death by his father Floyd on June 6, 2001; his mother Jean on January 25, 2015; his brother Dennis on November 23, 2004; his paternal grandparents Jess and Jessie Gipson; his maternal grandparents Daniel and Catharine Welker along with several aunts, uncles, cousins and special cats .

Masks and social distancing requirements will be enforced to allow for 50 persons at a time to attend a public visitation on Tuesday August 11, 2020 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 Wednesday at 10 AM in St. Andrew Catholic Church, with the Reverend Richard M. Russo, officiating. Burial will conclude at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Happy Tails Animal Shelter in Rock Falls and to the Sisters of Loretto in Nerinx, KY.