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“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...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dick and Dee Kradle - Sterling, IL

“Connie, you and your family are in my prayers! I am thinking of you. I am so grateful I was able to meet Ron. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: Roe Powers - Friend

“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...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: stephen Kelemen - Rockfalls, IL

“Condolences to all the family in your loss of Ronnie. God bless. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Ron and Doreen Bontz - IL

“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 ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Mattie and David Jacobs - IL

“The Hoffman family is saddened by the loss of your loved one. Prayers for the family ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Drew Hoffman - Morrison, IL

“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. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Lori Linn - Rockford, IL

“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. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Margaret Hurley jiminez - IL

“Oh Connie I am deeply sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers for you and your family during this difficult time. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Diane Rude - Sterling, IL

“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...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Meyer - New Berlin, WI

“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...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Kay Waldschmidt-Camper

“I am so very sad to hear that Ronnie has passed. My condolences to the whole beautiful family. I love you all very much ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Dexter - Sterling, IL

“Ron and Connie were the best. Always had a good tome when we were all together. We love and will miss him. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis and Debbie Gibbons - IA

“Deepest heartfelt sympathy in your loss. Know that he loved you all very much and he was loved as well. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: DuWayne and Helen Doane - IL


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.