Ronald Wayne RehfeldtAugust 8, 1939 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 77)
Ronald Wayne Rehfeldt of Rockford, Chicago and Peotone Illinois has gone home to be with our Lord.
Ronald was born 08/08/1939 and passed peacefully in the early morning of 06/02/2017. He was sickly as a child and loved to read. He attended Rockford West high School, and continued his higher education at Northern Illinois University and Chicago State University. Ron had a masters degree in English and taught in the English department at Evergreen Park High School for some twenty years. He later taught literature and related studies for several of the City Colleges of Chicago, and also served as reporter and editor at a number of local south Chicago area newspapers. Ron had an unparalleled love for books, and was an academic who spent his life in pursuit of perfecting the conveyance of emotion through language. He was a loving husband and father as well as a passionate reader, writer, student, teacher, scholar, philosopher, and poet.
Grieving survivors include Muse and fellow adventurer: Sarah Adrian. Sisters; Juliet Ann Trotter (Gary Heilman), Louise Rae (Bruce Berg), Janice Lynn (Darryl Sturgill), Laurie Cay (Frank Gagliano). Brothers; Bruce Albert (Jola), Bradley Scott (Sheila), Timothy James (Judi). Children; Stephen Nathaniel (Susan), Christopher Timothy (Lucinda), Kristen Noelle, Gavin Matthew. Grandchildren; David Wayne, Trisha Michelle (Jacob Clark), Matthew Daniel Edward, Timothy James, Aaron Michael Jacob, Daniel Joseph, Caleb Jordan. Great Grandchildren; Elliana Grace (Clark) and Juliet Eden (Clark). Numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws. Many friends and colleagues. Several travelers and acquaintances. A few onlookers and passers by.
Ronald Rehfeldt was preceded in death by his Son; Daniel Drew. Father: Wayne. Mother: Agnes (Bakke / adopted Van Herrin). Sisters; Linda Sue (Bernard Colson), Carol Lea (Jim Ashmore), Kathleen Spring (Bill Boehm). Brother; David Wayne (Venita)... among others.
A service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, June 24 @ 11:00 AM at Memorial Baptist Church, 7007 Flora Road, Rockford Illinois 61101
Last Words: Eschewing and Whimsy
By Ron Rehfeldt 0803130041
Yes, we had poetry once.
Now I infer that we have lost it.
How does one go about Losing poetry?
The imagination fails one.
Affirmation of one another.
Somehow we missed something along the way.
Missed feeling being loved...
Missed feeling undergirded.
We anticipated the loss did we not?
The diminution of love.
Once we believed all was right,
Our love imbued with God's love.
Along with our passion,
Our fire for one another.
Then our embers cooled,
Dampened by a litany of realities.
It was good, I think, to love and be loved
For the duration,
And it was okay for completion to occur.
It was okay, is okay, that our love changed...
We're okay in the peace and love God gives us.