Ronald E. Foresman, age 66, of Florida, formerly Lombard 35 years,

Written by Brust Funeral Home on February 29th, 2012

Ronald E. Foresman, age 66, of Florida, formerly Lombard 35 years, died February 28 in Michigan.

Visitation will be held Friday, 3 to 9 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St. Lombard, IL.

Funeral service will be Saturday with prayers at 9:30AM at Brust Funeral Home to Sacred Heart Church for 10AM Mass.

Interment will be at Assumption Cemetery, Wheaton.

Ron is survived by his wife, Sharon, nee Pollard, two daughters, Deanna C. (Eric) Lindstrom of Ann Arbor, MI & Danielle C. (Timothy) Bailey of Lombard; a son, David R. of Wheaton; 9 grandchildren, Ryan and Benjamin Lindstrom; Emily, Grace and Cora Newman; & Jacob, Jeremiah, Justice and Jiles Bailey; two sisters, Esther (the late Jim) Thomas, Roseville, IL. & Leatha (Joseph) Hutson, Donahue, IA; one brother, Merlin (Janet) Foresman, Hebron, IN., one brother-in-law, Roger Hofland, Bettendorf, IA and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Foresman is preceded in death by his parents, Merlin P. and Mary I. (nee Markey) Foresman; one granddaughter, Julia Bailey; three brothers, Edward (the late Emmy Lou) Foresman, Dr. Robert Foresman and Dr. James Foresman; three sisters, Elsie (the late Paul) Hartman, Betty Ann (the late Don)Williams and Mary Jane Hofland.


Ron grew up the youngest of 10 children on a 320 acre farm in the western part of Illinois (Henderson County). He attended a one room country school with only one teacher, which was a unique experience.  He graduated from Stronghurst High School in 1963 and the University of Iowa in 1967. He was a lifetime Hawkeye fan. He then graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science in 1968 and married Sharon in Escanaba, MI on June 1, 1968. He served his apprenticeship at Strang Funeral Home in Antioch, IL. He then received his State of Illinois Funeral Director and Embalmers Licences. He and Sharon purchased  Jones Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL, in 1970 and owned it until 1975. In July of 1975 he went to work for Brust Funeral Home in Lombard, IL where he was employed until his retirement in August 2010. He and Sharon moved permanently to Bradenton, FL to enjoy retirement. In his 35 years in Lombard he enjoyed many positions and involvement in many groups and clubs: Lombard Jaycees, Lombard Area Chamber of Commerce, Lombard Lions Club, YMCA , YMCA Indian Princesses, YMCA Indian Guides, YMCA Trailblazers, Third Degree Member of Father Boecker Council 6090 Knights of Columbus, DuPage County Funeral Directors and Illinois Funeral Directors Association. He was chosen Lombard Man of the Year for 1983. He was a former member of St. Pius X Church and a CCD teacher there and a current long time member of Sacred Heart Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to Bladder Cancer Fund, U-M Cancer Center, 2800 Plymouth Rd. Bldg 100  Ann Arbor, MI.  appreciated.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. John Wetterling says:

    In Memory of My Life-long Best Friend, Ron Foresman

    How does one honor a friend who has been a part of your life for 61 years? Quite frankly it’s hard to believe 61 years has passed by since our 1st Grade experience at Cox School. There were 10 kids in the whole school and Ron and I made up 1st Grade. Our friendship began immediately simply because there was no one else our age. We played together every recess and noon hour and that took place through 7 years at country school. In the summer when school was not in session we would meet each other at the half mile fenceline and go either to Ron’s home or mine and play, usually in the barns or barnyards. As we got older and acquired bicycles we rode everywhere including around the section, occasionally into Raritan, or to our neighbor’s creek. There is no end to the fun times we had as kids growing up on the farm.

    When High School began we rode the bus together as underclassmen and shared rides with each other as upperclassmen. We played football, basketball, and ran track together. And to this day, I thought he was one of the best High School linemen I have ever seen. When we graduated and went our separate ways we always found time to get together and share old war stories. As we both married and took on life occupations as well as family responsibilities our times to visit grew less and less, but yet every so often it would happen and our conversation was like we’d never been apart.
    When the Foresman Clan decided to have their reunions at the Stronghurst Fair Grounds, that opened the gate of opportunity to see one another at least once a year. I visited Ron last summer for about 10 minutes, not realizing this would be our last conversation. We shook hands goodby and once again I was impressed that he spent an awful lot of time milking cows because he popped every knuckle in my hand.

    I can’t begin to express how thankful I am for my best friend! We all need them and I feel blessed for the years we shared together. I pray God’s blessing on the fond memories you as family members have and I pray that Ron’s spirit has found rest and peace in God’s heavenly kingdom.

    Goodby, Old Friend. God willing, we will meet again in eternity.

    John Wetterling

  2. Linda Hartman Hernandez says:

    My Uncle Ronald was truely a great guy. He is so deeply missed.

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