Ronald D Nunes Sr., 84, of Woodstock, died June 26, 2018, at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin after heart surgery.
Ronald was born in Jacksonville, and moved to McHenry County in his early teens. He attended Crystal Lake Central High School and married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Tessendorf, on April 19, 1952. She preceded him in death last December after a short illness.
Ronald was employed in the trucking industry in McHenry County for his entire life. He was self-employed for many years, owning Nunes Trucking, which hauled sand and gravel. He also assisted his in-laws, Paul and Hazel Tessendorf, on their family farm and did grain hauling for local farmers. He went to work for many years at Terra Cotta Truck Service in Crystal Lake, where he was a dispatcher. In the 1980s he started TC Transportation Inc., located in Terra Cotta, and operated that company with his wife until he retired in 2015.
He is survived by three daughters, Susan (Edward) Younger, Cathy (Tony) Furao, and Debra (Chris) Mindham; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a niece, Pamela Schleif (Tim Easlick); and two nephews, Larry and Jeffrey Tessendorf. He also leaves behind his adored chocolate Labrador, Missie Coca.
He was preceded in death by his only son, Ronald D. Nunes Jr; and his mother, Lenora Wright.
Ronald enjoyed traveling and spending time with his grandchildren on his rural property. He had visited many countries and all U.S. states except Alaska, which he was looking forward to visiting after his surgery. He was an avid reader and a lifelong learner and was interested in antique truck and tractor restoration and politics, and read two or three newspapers a day.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, Crystal Lake. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.