Ronald Paul “Ron” Harrelson, 79, of Latham, formerly of both Decatur and Peoria, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023, at Liberty Village in Clinton.
Ron was born on July 15, 1943, in Peoria, IL, the son of Paul Walston and Ida Mae (Beattie) Harrelson.
He is survived by his son, Scott (Cynthia) Harrelson of Latham, IL; and his sister, Sue Tyler of Imperial, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Ron worked for Caterpillar for 38 years serving in various leadership roles where he traveled the world extensively to different plant locations. He served as the International President of S.M.E. (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) where he built many professional relationships. In retirement, Ron was an avid bicyclist and rode many trails in both the United States and Canada. His only regret is not finishing the Route 66 trail. In more recent years, Ron stayed incredibly active and enjoyed walking sometimes two to three miles every day.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 11th at the Masonic & Odd Fellows Cemetery in Benton. There will be a meal and a time of visiting from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at the Kiwanis Hall in Benton following the service.
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