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Ronald Gene Heidbreder

July 22, 1945 February 2, 2024
Ronald Gene Heidbreder
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Ronald Gene Heidbreder went home to his Heavenly Father, February 2nd, 2024. Ron was spending the winter in his beloved Florida where he enjoyed many winters riding his motorcycle, visiting with friends and relishing in the sunshine. This winter, Ron sustained a broken hip and passed away while recuperating.

Ron was born July 22nd, 1945 in Effingham, IL to Clarence G. Heidbreder and Albertha M. Monat and was one of four children. Growing up, Ron loved to play outside where he met his life partner, Vivian J. Lucas when he was 10 years old.

Ron and Viv were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Effingham, IL on July 18, 1965, sharing 58 years of marriage. They were blessed with one daughter, Angela, in 1975.

He served the U.S. Army in the Third Armored Division, as a tank gunner, in Freeburg, Germany, from 1968-1970. During his tenure in the service, Ron and Viv lived in Germany where they developed a love of travel and exploring the world.

Mr. Heidbreder was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Altamont; was one of the founders of Landmark Structures, Inc. of Altamont; a member and President of the Lions Club; an Advisory Board member for St. Anthony Memorial Hospital; member of the VFW and American Legion, and served on the Southwestern Illinois Regional Planning Commission. Ron also spent many hours volunteering for special projects in his community.

During his free time, Ron loved spending time with his friends and family while boating on Table Rock Lake in Southern MO, exploring on his motorcycle and travelling across the United States in his motorhome.

He is survived by his wife: Vivian; daughter, Dr. Angela (Dr. David) Valentine of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; sisters, Gerry Barrett of Bolivar, MO; Carol (Steve) Stumborg of Effingham, IL, and brother, Donald (Dede) Heidbreder of Thomasboro, IL; brother-in-law, Jeff (Kumcha) Lucas of Castle Rock, CO. Nieces and Nephews: Steve (Jessica) White of Winona, MN; Ben White of Oceanside, CA; Stephanie (Shane) Harrison, Scott Stumborg, and Sara (Jess) Flood of Effingham IL; Cale (Callie) Heidbreder of Gifford, IL and Carson (Clark) Juday of Thomasboro, IL and eight great nieces and nephews. Step brothers: Jerry (Kathy) Weseloh of Decatur, IL; Ron (Linda) Wesloh of Red Bud, IL; Dennis Wesloh of Denver, CO as well as many cousins and good friends.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother Adell Wesloh Heidbreder; nephew and godchild, Jeff Barrett; brother-in-laws: Alan Barrett, and Dr. Derrell White; sister-in-law, Sandra Lucas White and Father and Mother-in-law, Monroe and Wanita (Hawkins) Lucas.

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4:00 PM 2/7/2024 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 2/7/2024 7:00:00 PM
Kull Funeral Home Altamont

114 West Washington Ave.
Altamont, IL 62411

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Immanuel Lutheran Church

203 E Division St
Altamont, IL 62411

Immanuel Lutheran Church
203 E Division St Altamont 62411 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Arborcrest Memorial Park Final Resting Place

Route 40
Funkhouser, IL 62401

Route 40 Funkhouser 62401 IL
United States

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Lutheran Care Center

Altamont Lions Club


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