Richard R. "Ron" Wagstrom

  • Born: December 5, 1936
  • Died: July 20, 2020
  • Location: Johnsburg, Illinois

Colonial Funeral Home & Crematory

591 Ridgeview Drive
McHenry, IL 60050
Tel. (815) 385-0063

Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard R. (Ron) Wagstrom, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 20, 2020, surrounded by his loving family, at his home in Johnsburg.

Ron was born December 5, 1936, in Chicago, IL, the son of Carl and Hulda (Pearson) Wagstrom. He proudly served his country in the United States Army before being honorably discharged in 1957. Ron married Jesslyn (Jessie) ZumMallen, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Round Lake on February 4, 1956. He worked for many years as a mechanic, retiring from Northwest Freightliner in 1999.

Ron lived life to the fullest and loved to sing and eat ice cream. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying snowmobiling, boating, swimming and waterskiing, and RV'ing, and was an avid auto racing fan. He was well known for his handlebar mustache. Most of all, Ron loved, enjoyed, and adored all his family.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Jessie; daughters, Teri Franklin, Robin (Larry) Wagstrom-Arnone, Marie (Dave) Dowdle, and Lonnie (Craig) Gilsinger; grandchildren Jeff (Maura) Jackson, Katie (Brian) Luburich, Anie (Tony) Aiello, Eric Franklin, Kristy Jackson, Craig (Melissa) Gilsinger, Richard (Emily) Dowdle, Taylor (Kent) Kerley, Charlie Arnone and Veronica Arnone; and 23 great-grandchildren. Ron is further survived by his sister, Ruth Cramer and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his brother Robert Wagstrom.

Private family services were held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of All Saints in Fox Lake.

In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be made to Helping Hands Food Pantry in Spring Grove, where Ron volunteered service to others for many years.

Colonial Funeral Home is assisting the Wagstrom family. For more information, please visit or call 815-385-0063.

Condolence & Memory Journal


Posted by BOB JOHNSON - BEACH PARK, IL - Friend   July 27, 2020

My Dear Jessie, I'm so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Although you're going to sorely miss him, You have much to be thankful for,... by being Blessed with....having had such a wonderful, caring husband,... &....given the opportunity,... to raise a lovely Family of four girls together! Just think of all the MANY Happy Memories you have tucked away...that you can call on, MAKE YOU SMILE AGAIN! One thing that's certain, without Ron, our Church Family will never be the same again! I'll especially, miss his quiet sense of humor & that FANCY Trademark Handlebar Mustache of his! Even though he's gone,.....whenever I see you, Jessie,.."I'll always see him there,..Right Beside YOU!" Here's wishing you GOD's PERFECT PEACE, as He ENFOLDS YOU IN HIS ARMS &,.... (Because you know where Ron is)....TURNS YOUR MOURNING INTO JOY! Love you much! Sincerely, Shirley Messing

Posted by Shirley Messing - Fox Lake, IL - Family Friend   July 27, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Jim & Barbara Jackson    July 26, 2020

I have many good memories of Ron. Boating, snowmobiling, and annual cookouts are my fondest. God bless the entire family in this time of sorrow.

With deepest sympathy,
Bob Jackson

Posted by Robert Jackson - Lakemoor, IL - friend   July 26, 2020

I have fond memories of the Wagstrom home and family as a kid. I remember ice cream in the kitchen, the long yard to the water, and much laughter. I'm so very sorry to hear of Mr. Wagstroms passing. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers for you all.

Posted by Bunny Baczynski - Friend   July 25, 2020

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