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Ron King

Jul 6th, 1943 - Dec 31st, 2020


Graveside Ceremony:  1 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Russell Cemetery in Wayne County


     Ronald "Ron" E. King, age 77, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Thursday afternoon, December 31, 2020, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana.

     He was born July 6, 1943, in Springfield, the son of Charles E. King Jr. and Marjorie I. (Palmer) King.  He married Mary Farmer in a wedding ceremony at her home in Flora, officiated by her grandfather on November 29, 1963.

     Ron was a 30-year employee of World Color Press in Effingham where he was head pressman.  He was a dedicated member of First Southern Baptist Church of Flora where he served as deacon and volunteered to help wherever possible, especially with the upkeep of the grounds. He enjoyed the outdoors, deer hunting, and the companionship of his dogs, especially a beagle and lab.  Ron was a caring father, grandfather, and husband, and he and Mary were often seen together on their daily drives to the country.  “The world needs more people like Ron King,” was a simple and sincere sentiment shared by a special family friend that will really resonate with everyone who knew him.

     Ron is survived by his wife of 57 years: Mary King of Flora; 2 daughters: Karla King of Flora and Angie Ellerbeck of O’Fallon; a grandson: Luke Ellerbeck of O’Fallon; 2 brothers: Herb (Kay) King of Carlyle and Kenneth (Judy) King of Salem; 2 sisters-in-law: Connie King of Riverton and Grace Miller of Muncie, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; a son-in-law: Mark Ellerbeck; a brother: Charles Edward King III; mother-and-father-in-law: Bill and Genell Farmer; and a brother-in-law: Richard “Dick” Farmer.

     A graveside ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Russell Cemetery in Wayne County with Bill Thompson officiating.  Those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery.  Arrangements are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora.

     Memorial donations are the preferred form of remembrance gift, and these may be given to either First Southern Baptist Church of Flora or Cornerstone Farms, 1711 State Route 4, St. Jacob, IL 62281.  To share a condolence or memory with the family, visit:


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Ron and Barbara Prather

January 1st

Mary so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family.

Mark Stanley

January 1st

Ron and Mary and Karla and Angie provided me a 'second home' first when I was in elementary school at Seminary School and then later on in High School. I am forever grateful for their kindness and good natured acceptance. I ate SO much of their food and I was over-the-top competitive in all the board games we played, but they took it all in stride and I always felt safe and loved in their home. I would just drop by with no notice and never once was I not welcome. The world needs more people like the Kings.

Carl and Brenda Bandy

January 1st

We are so sorry you have lost Ron. He was a wonderful man of God. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.❤🙏

Jan Jennings

January 1st

So very sorry Mary and girls!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!


January 1st

So very sorry. God bless

Barbara and Henry Gill

January 2nd

Mary and family, we are so sorry to learn of your loss. So sad. Please know our prayers of comfort are with you at this very difficult time.


January 2nd

So sorry for your loss, Prayers for you and your family.

Dale and Sandi Castleberry

January 2nd

Mary and girls, I am heart broken for you. My deepest sympathy and prayers are sent to you.

Steve and Marsha

January 2nd

So sorry to learn of Ron’s passing. We will miss the fun we had at the Mexican restaurant on Sundays. The community has lost a godly man that will missed by many! Prayers for you Mary and girls

Velma Sons

January 2nd

So sorry for your loss

Don and Robin Brooks

January 2nd

We are so sad to hear of your loss. We are thinking of you and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. How I always enjoy meeting you both on the gravel road when you go out to check on your chickens. You will always be our “country” neighbors.

Ed and Ruth Trowbridge

January 2nd

Praying that the Lord will give you peace and comfort during this time of grief. Ron was a wonderful, kind man and I know he will be missed.

Carolyn and Janet

January 2nd

It is so hard to give up our loved ones. On the good side remembering the times we were togather making ice cream. Good ole days in school. Sorry for your loss. May God comfort you and famileys in the sorrow. Love always your friend Lorna (Reed) Norton

Joe and Barb McGrew

January 2nd

Mary, Angie and Carla, I am so sorry for your loss. Ron was such a good and kind man. My heart breaks for Luke, too. We will miss seeing Ron driving to the farm daily always waving or honking his horn when passing by our house. He will be missed. Prayers for your family.

Steve Welty Sr

January 2nd

My remembrance of Ron was that he was a kind and caring man. Ruthie and I extend our deepest condolences to the family.

Ed and Wanda Harrell

January 2nd

So sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort you and your family as only he can.

Tom and Button Pemberton

January 2nd

Mary and girls, Tom and I were saddened to hear of Ron's passing. He was a good man with a good heart. Prayers for strength, peace and comfort.

January 2nd

Mary and family we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers!

Jacque Davis

January 2nd

Prayers for peace and comfort for all. Ron was a dear sweet person who loved His God and family and friends. Know he will be missed but for only a while. We can glory in the promise of reuniting in paradise one day.

Ron young

January 2nd

So sorry for your loss. He was a true gentleman.

Amy Bailey

January 2nd

I could never ask for a better friend & neighbor while living at the farm. Ron & Mary were always there to help out or have a good conversation. You will sure be missed Ron, thank you for being such a wonderful friend to me over the years and genuinely caring. My heart goes out to all of you, prayers for strength. Love you

Becky Stocke

January 2nd

Sympathy and prayers for the family at this very difficult time!

Mike Warren

January 2nd

Ron and I were friends for 70 years. I will truly miss him. I'm so sorry for his family's loss. Ron will never be forgotten.

Barbara Burton

January 2nd

Mary, I am sorry to hear that Ron passed away. Prayers for you.

Fred & Lynne

January 2nd

Mary and girls, Still can't believe Ron is gone. We really enjoyed getting to know him better in the past few years even though I've known him probably 60 years. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Pam Goodman

January 2nd

Barb Bright

January 2nd

Mary and girls...keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

Gina Douthit

January 3rd

Mary, Angie, and Karla. I am so very sorry to hear Ron has passed. Please accept my sincere condolences. I remember when I was trying to clean up Aunt Carolyn’s yard and he came over to help. Then Bernie. Came over. I thought “this was a little more work than I wanted to do”. But I was very grateful for their help, and for Ron. rating all the stuff away. We do need more Ron Kings and he will be missed. May God’s love comfort you and bring you peace.

Mike and Sharon Gray

January 2nd

Sorry for your loss. Prayers of comfort for all the family.

Tom and Della Welch

January 2nd

Mary, We are heartbroken to hear of Ron’s passing. We will never forget him for his kindness and caring. Prayers for you and your family.

Jeff Turner

January 2nd

Mary: I am so very sorry for your loss—you can judge a man by what others say about him, as you can tell here, Ron lived a life worth living. I remember meeting him on the road to work and our visits at your home. Praying for you, Karla, and Angie.

Bud and Linda Martin

January 2nd

Mary and Family: We’re so saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. He was such a good and kind man. Ron will be missed by all who knew him. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your girls now and in the days ahead. May you receive the comfort only God can give. RIP Ron❣️

Wayne & Vickie McKnight

January 2nd

Our prayers are with you.

Carolyn and Rick

January 2nd

We are so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. The family is in our prayers.

Mrs Marcia Harmon

January 3rd

Very sorry to learn of Ron’s passing, He worked with Mike at World Color Press. Prayers are sent to the entire family. Ron was a wonderful fellow. Sincerely Marcia Harmon

Phil Wiley

January 3rd

Ron was a kind man who always had a smile. My heart and prayers go out to Mary and the family for their loss.

Bill and Linda McKinney

January 3rd

So very sorry Mary to hear of Ron passing, our prayers are with you, I know you two were so close, ,love you Mary

Ryan and Tracy Perry

January 3rd

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jerry and Norma Kling

January 3rd

So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Praying for comfort and peace for the family.

Brent and Marie Headlee

January 3rd

Our deepest sympathy to each of the family members. Prayers for comfort and strength at this difficult time. What a kind man he was.

Sherry Greenwood

January 3rd

So sorry for your loss, Mary!

Brent and Marie Headlee

January 3rd

Our deepest sympathy to each of the family members. Prayers for comfort and strength at this difficult time. What a kind man he was.

Tim and Rae Ann Oestreich

January 3rd

Sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers for comfort and strength.

Jamie Burrow

January 3rd

I was a worker at Pizza Hut for several years Ron and Mary were one of my favorite tables that would come in always lite up the room ♥️ my sincerest condolences for this loss I will be praying for Mary and family he was such a kind man

Jennifer Brown

January 3rd

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ron. I truly enjoyed every encounter I had with him. Mary, Karla, Angie, you are in my thoughts and prayers. He will definitely be missed. “The world needs more people like Ron King" God Bless

Calvin and Anita Lake

January 3rd

We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Ron's passing. We will miss our fun visits. Our thoughts, prayers and love to you Mary and the family.

glen young

January 3rd

so sorry for your loss


January 4th

so sorry he was a good man

Tanya Brune

January 3rd

I am so very saddened to hear if Ron's passing. He was a wonderful man with a huge heart. Ron and Mary were my neighbors when my children were very young. They treated them as if they were their grandchildren. God bless.

Lindsey Podjasek (Burt)

January 4th

Mary, Karla & Angie - I'm so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

Mona (Baker) Sager

January 3rd

Sorry to hear Mary and girls the death of Ronnie. I always looked forward seeing you when I would come to Flora out at Julians. Ronnie will be missed. Will keep you and your family in my prayers Mary. It was great having you for a classmate

David Lewis

January 3rd

Hello friends Mary and family. We all are so sorry to hear about our good friend, Ron. It was a privilege and honor to have known him, and all of your family. You have my sincere sympathy and friendship. With love and prayers, Dave Lewis

Vince Guerrettaz

January 7th

May has soul rest in peace in the glory of God almighty and may you all find comfort in the difficult times.

Nancy Bateman

January 6th

Kathy I just saw this & wanted to tell you how terribly sorry I am Ron was a good man & will be missed greatly. in the Floa area

Susan Pickett

January 4th

So sorry for your loss of your father Karla! Prayers for you and your family!

bruce/donna (mcgrew) gansauer

January 4th

So sorry Mary and girls- I just heard the news from my Dad. Thoughts and prayers for your family.

Libbie Oakes

January 4th

Mary and Karla, I am so sorry for your loss. Blessings to your family during this most difficult time.

Norman and Shirley Fry Workman

January 8th

We are so sorry for your loss¹. Ron was special.would help you with anything you might need. He always had time to listen to you. GOD took another angel.



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