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Ronald L Eltzeroth

Born: Sun., Oct. 2, 1938
Died: Thu., Aug. 1, 2019

A Memorial Gathering

4:00 PM Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Location: Bremer Theater at DACC

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Ron Eltzeroth – My Obituary

As a result of my assorted existence, my dear and loving wife, Heather, preferred me to write my own obituary. So, if you are reading this apparently I have passed away. I knew it would happen one day that I would ride the black camel. It’s not what I especially desired and was not really ready to experience it, simply because I enjoyed life and all its occurrences. But dead I am. I can only trust I am with the Grand Architect of the Universe. So here it goes. On October the second in 1938, Lewis and Vivian Eltzeroth brought me into this world and celebrated my birth. I was born at home in Kokomo, IN. I have been told the Doctor, my grandpa Perry Yost and my Dad sat on the front porch smoking and had coffee until I made up my mind I was prepared to see the world. It was not long after, about 3 years, that we moved to Clearwater, FL. Dad wanted out of the steel mill and Florida was in a building boom at the time and my step-grandpa Orville Getman was in the construction business. He was married to my maternal grandma, Josephine. Now this gets a little complicated: grandma was first married to a Native American with an adopted name of Peter Blakesley. He was my mother’s real father and that made me ¼ Native American. He died at an early age and grandma married Perry Yost, then they divorced and she finally was wed to Orville in New York and later moved to Florida. Josephine was an amazing woman for her time and I loved her dearly. We moved to Florida when I was very young. This was my first cognitive exposure to segregation and discrimination because I attended segregated schools. That may be a direct link to why I finally wound up in various jobs in social services. As a kid, I failed to understand why there were two water fountains: one marked “Colored” and the other marked “White”. But I think I learned very quickly when the KKK marched through downtown. Later we moved back north and I finished high school in Kokomo. After graduation, I decided I wanted to be a funeral director, so my grandpa E. got me a job with Peacock Funeral Home. Then my buddies got the idea that we should join the U.S. Army, and we did. After basic training at Fort Sam Houston, I was sent to Germany for about 3 years. I completely enjoyed my time and had to opportunity to travel Europe. And then back to Indiana and attending Indiana University. I cut short my education and joined the Indiana State Police. I was a trooper for 2 years, made Sergeant and assigned as ISP Academy Cadre for a year and promoted to the rank of Detective First Sergeant then went into investigations out of Headquarters in Indianapolis. During that period of my life I had 5 wonderful children: Jo, Shelly, Becky, Jake and a few years later came Hailee. And later the grandchildren: Kaitlin, Chase, Reid, Natalie and Lia. All of whom I loved from afar and have a special place in my heart. I had finished my undergrad degree work at IUPUI in Indy and IU in Bloomington with a BS degree. After 12+ years of service and taking early retirement as a Detective First Sergeant, I became an instructor at the Police Training Institute, University of Illinois. I stayed there for 22 years, retiring as an Associate Professor Emeritus. During that time I completed a graduate degree at Sangamon State University (now UIS) and 2 more graduate degrees at University of Illinois. Then I became the Director of the Sexual Assault Crisis Services in Danville. At that time I was the first and only male director of a rape crisis center in the state. And at the same time, I started adjunct teaching at the Danville Area Community College in Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. In 2013 I was awarded DACC’s Adjunct Instructor of the Year. I was a Mason and a Shriner and a member of several professional organizations. I also belonged to the Illini HOG club. And riding my Harley was my therapy. Over the past years, I have sub-contracted therapy services to DCFS, Catholic Social Services (CYFS), Center for Children services and several other agencies. All of which I completely enjoyed in assisting those in need of cerebral health and stability in life. Hopefully I had a few successes. If you have a few bucks that you need give it to the charity of choice. Hopefully those I have left behind will start a small Psychology/Sociology/Criminal Justice Scholarship of some type at DACC, give a few bucks for as good student cause. I end this obit with a profound statement of love to my wife, children, and grandchildren and a genuine thank you to all who befriended me and a final sincere apology and request for forgiveness to anyone I offended. I will miss the hugs and pleasant conversations with my family and friends. Thank you all for making my life a pleasurable and gratifying journey. I will be waiting for you with a heartwarming welcome just around the corner. I hope it is a long hiatus, All is well with my soul. Ron.

Heather and family will host friends at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019 at DACC Bremer Theater to reminisce and celebrate his life.

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Kelly Montgerard : Clerk at the Danville Post Office
   Posted Mon August 05, 2019
Mr. Eltzeroth was one of the nicest people I had the pleasure to know at the Post Office. He always came in with a smile and was always happy to s4eat had accompanied him the that few times I saw him. RIP Mr. Eltzeroth.

Margaret Keller
   Posted Tue August 06, 2019
To Heather and Hailee, My heart goes out to you today in your family's loss! Ron, was always so kind and thoughtful every time we would get together somewhere. To the family my sincere sympathy and prayers.

Karen Bray
   Posted Thu August 08, 2019
Heather I’m so very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless Karen

Hannah Elliott-Phillips
   Posted Fri August 09, 2019
Ron was my instructor at DACC, just a few years ago his retirement year. He was always pleasant and extremely kind to me. I always felt as if he were an extraordinary soul and I believe writing your own obituary - especially one this well attributes to that. I am genuinely sad to see him leave this world, it is truly less for it. His experiences and compassion taught so many. Prayers to his wife and family - he will be truly missed. Not all can say life was a gratifying journey - see you on the other side (a long hiatus).

Denise Hendricks
   Posted Mon August 12, 2019
My thoughts and prayers to family at this time of your loss. I had the pleasure of having Ron Eltzeroth as my professor at DACC. His enjoyment and pride in teaching showed in his lectures.. He was full of wisdom and kindness towards everyone. He will be greatly missed but Im glad I had the pleasure of knowing him. He was a blessing to many...

Maureen Donofrio
   Posted Thu August 15, 2019
Heather & Hailee, I am so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed my conversations with Ron. My hope is that he passed peacefully. His self-eulogy was humbling to read; he impacted so many in his life. I remember Hailee referring to him as The Professor! Jill & I send hugs to both of you. .

Stan Friese and Sharon Andrae
   Posted Fri August 16, 2019
Heather, We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Ron very much. He's up there riding with nDick again.

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