Ronald W. Gluff Sr., 73, Woodstock, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, joining his wife, Nancy, in heaven.
He was born May 30, 1943, in Woodstock.
He and Nancy raised three children, Ron, Brian and Julie, in Schaumburg for nearly 40 years, and they recently returned to Woodstock.
Ron, or Ronnie, as his childhood friends knew him, was a man of many values. He believed you needed to work hard, be honest and be a man of your word. Being on time meant you were late, and there were no such things as excuses. He was loyal and trustworthy. One could only aspire to live the dignified life Ron lived.
He was a dedicated Navy Seabee who served in the Vietnam War. While there, he received a random Christmas card from a woman named Nancy from Chicago, and the rest was history. He established himself as one the most well-respected and safest locomotive engineers while he worked for Chicago North Western and Union Pacific railroads for nearly 40 years. He was a father who was a role model to his children.
He always told it like it was, and people always knew where they stood with Ron. He had a kind heart and would do anything for his friends and family. He appreciated life-long friendships and the kindness so many others showed him.
He fought hard in everything he did, including his last days of life. He will be missed, but he will finally be reunited with his bride. He is probably already fishing, drinking a Diet Pepsi and waiting to see how the Cubs will do this season.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Coleman’s Tavern and Grill, 823 Lake Ave., Woodstock. In his honor, flannel shirts are the requested attire. A brief visitation will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, March 6, followed by a Mass at 9:30 a.m., at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 Lincoln Ave., Woodstock.