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Ronald O. Boltz

BORN: August 1, 1927

DIED: February 29, 2020

Ronald O. Boltz, 92, of Earlville, passed away Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Heritage Health in Mendota.

He was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Earlville, the son of Oscar and Edna (Buckhardt) Boltz. He married Wilma Cromer on Nov. 18, 1951, at her parent’s home in La Grange. Ronald spent his life on the farm until his retirement in 1987. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where over the years he served as an usher, member of the church council, served on many committees and even was the custodian.

Ronald was an avid volunteer in the community. He was a driver for the Earlville Ambulance Service, was a crossing guard for the Earlville schools, and was active with the Generation Exchange. He received the Golden Raider Award in 2010. He also was a member of two service clubs, the Mendota Elks Club for over 50 years and the Earlville Lions Club for over 40 years. For the Lions Club, he served as treasurer and club president, and was named The Lions of Illinois Foundation Fellow in 2002. Ronald was a proud veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by one daughter, Julianne Boltz, of Centralia; one son, John (Jenny) Boltz, of Earlville; three grandchildren, Kevin (Kelsi) Boltz, of Sycamore, Courtney Boltz, of Erie, CO, and Kelsey (Andy) Stegman, of Sheridan; four great-grandchildren, Bryce and Landyn Boltz, Brooks and Drake Stegman; one sister, Fran Sellers, of Compton; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, in 2017; one daughter, Lisa Kay Hanson, in 1990; four sisters, Clarice Truckenbrod, Gertrude Spinner, Joyce Latimer and Joanne Elsesser; and one brother, Wayne Boltz.

Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville with Pastor Denise Rode officiating. Burial will follow at Precinct Cemetery in Earlville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Earlville. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home in Earlville. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to

Hanley-Turner-Eighner Funeral Home

407 S. Ottawa St.

Earlville, IL 60518


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