Wednesday, April 13, 2005

It never ends.
I just want to curl up somewhere.

Funeral services to Celebrate the Life of Ronald H. "Ronnie" Weedon, 72, a resident of Pleasant Valley, Iowa, will be 10 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2005, in the Grandstands of the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, 2815 W. Locust St., Davenport. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal with military graveside rites conducted by Davenport American Legion Post #26. Visitation will be on Thursday from 3 until 8 p.m. in the Starlight Ballroom at the Fairgrounds.
Ronnie died on Monday, April 11, 2005, at his home following an accident while working on his Dirt Track Racecar.
He was born June 11, 1932, in Davenport, a son of Ronald H. and Virginia R. (Heiser) Weedon. He was united in marriage to Dolores J. "Dee" Clary on December 1, 1960, in Hannibal, Missouri.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Ronnie retired in 1995 after 37 years of service for Strieter Motor Company. He had worked in the Body and Fender Department.
He was very active in the local Dirt-Track Racing arenas and had 504-feature race wins over a seven-decade career. Ronnie was a mentor for many young racers and always had time to assist others when somebody would ask for help. Each year local driver's are asked to vote for their pick as the best racer in their respective class and the best local racer overall for the award named for Ronnie, the Weedon Award. Those receiving the once in a lifetime award receive votes from their peers, with each team getting one vote. To read more about his illustrious racing career visit He loved to race and the family time spent at the track. Besides his wife, Dee, you could always count on seeing his faithful companion at the track, his dog Gidget.
Memorials can be made to the family.
Survivors include his wife, Dee; and children, Debbie (Mrs. Ron) Lane, Davenport, Ronnie Weedon, Davenport, Rob (Sandy) Connors, East Moline, Jerry Connors, Pleasant Valley, and Ginnie (Mrs. Rick) Schumann, Davenport; and his beloved seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, a sister, Eleanor Boley, also preceded him in death.
Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Ronnie's obituary at the website of Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home,
Published in the Quad-City Times on 4/13/2005.

He was a great guy. Took care of every single one of us, and you could always count on Gidget in the middle of the road, welcoming whoever was driving down there.
Here's to the first guy who ever told me my boyfriend was an idiot, and managed to take care of an entire Valley of people. I'll miss you.


Banditjm said...

Amen the best DAMN RAcer there is in this town...He will be missed in all of us

Clare said...

No shit.
I looked forward to hearing that car in the morning.
I dont think there was one of us who didn't smile.

Austin Lowe said...

I am really sorry to hear of your loss. He must have been a good man, to get such praise. Even if I don't know him I feel your loss.

Banditjm said...

Damn was that visitation and funeral a was such a great honor they did for him...and one of the koolest things i have seen with all his cars and his grandson with the go-karts and just everything was amazing...he will be he walked through the valley of the shadow of death he feared no evil...R.I.P Ronnie Weedon...p.s. hope ur doing ok girl :) smile cause u know he will be watchin!

Clare said...

I guess Dee is moving out of the Valley, not that I blame her.
It wont be the same without them.
I miss him bunches. I'm mostly worried about my friend Chris, he's the one who jacked up the car.

Banditjm said...

Just keep your head up high you know he would want that out of us..everything happens for a reason sometimes you dont like the reason or understand them but everything does happen for a reason : ) ttyl girl