Ronald Joellenbeck

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Ronald Gene “Jolly” Joellenbeck, 85, of Belleville, IL, born September 22, 1938, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, December 2, 2023, at his residence.

Jolly was first and foremost a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a retired cabinet maker and partner of J&R Cabinet Shop, Swansea, IL. He was a member of the Carpenter’s Union Local #433 for over 60 years. Ronnie’s favorite pastime was hunting and commercial fishing. He was a well-known legend at his clubhouse on the Kaskaskia River in Evansville, IL, and he could often be found frying his delicious secret recipe fish, for his family and friends. Jolly always brightened up a room with his one-of-a-kind sense of humor, and he loved practical jokes. He was a member of the Lebanon Gun Club, The Mississippi Valley Duck Hunters Association, The Moose, and The Quail Club. Jolly was a generous friend to all that knew him, and he will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Irene, nee Rensing, Joellenbeck; a granddaughter, Katie Jean Joellenbeck; and a brother-in-law, William A. Hoelscher.

Ron is survived by his devoted wife, Marsha Joellenbeck, and they would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on December 8, 2023.

He is also survived by his loving children, Rebecca (James) Forquer, Timothy Joellenbeck, Christopher (Laura) Joellenbeck, and Rhonda (Charles) Oliver, 12 grandchildren, Jason, John, Jeff, Jesse, Timmy, Hillary Rob, Jason, Justin, Cassie, Maggie, and Liam; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Norman (Janet) Joellenbeck; a sister, Patricia Hoelscher; and many great friends, too numerous to name.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Jolly’s memory to Katie Jean Joellenbeck First Responder Assistance Memorial (FRAM) or Hospice of Southern Illinois. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Dr. Joe Scheets officiating.



12 Comments on Ronald Joellenbeck

Keith.Beckner said : Guest Report Dec 10, 2023 at 9:13 AM

So sorry to hear your Loss,Marsha,Tim, and family. I had lots of good times laughing and joking around with Ronnie down at the clubhouse. He will be pulling nets of fish out in heaven now and will be missed by many people! My deepest sympathy to family and friends. I will keep you in my prayers.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Brian and Valorie Reeves said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2023 at 11:42 AM

Uncle Ron will be missed. He brought smiles to everyone's faces and always had a fish story to tell. Our sympathy to Marsha, Chris, Becky, Tim and their families.

  • Squaw Valley
  • CA
Sandy Ledbetter said : Guest Report Dec 09, 2023 at 9:00 AM

Marsha and Rhonda I’m so sorry to hear about your loss Prayers for you and the family

  • Belleville
  • Il
Jackie Lauf said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 7:09 PM

Marsha, May perpetual light shine upon him . May you find comfort and support from family and friends , cherish the good times.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Janet Baechle said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 11:22 AM

Marsha, Becky, Tim, Chris, Rhonda, and Norman, I am so sorry to hear about Ron. He always made me laugh. I’m sure he and Bill are up in Heaven fishing, hunting and cracking jokes.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Doug & Cricket said : Guest Report Dec 05, 2023 at 9:45 AM

We weren't ready for Jolly to leave us; but we know the Lord has him building beautiful cabinets in the homes he has prepared for us and we know he is the Angel In Charge of the waters filled with fish galore. Marsha our hearts are with you and may we always be there for you❣️ Love & Prayers for you & Jolly’s Loved Ones🙏🙏🙏

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bernie lauzon said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 8:33 PM

So sorry for your loss. Jolly will be missed by many. I don’t remember a single time around him when I didn’t here him joking and making me laugh. Jolly was the best.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Jack&Donna Hemmer said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 8:16 PM

My prayers are sent to Marsha, Rhonda and the rest of the family for healing in this time of loss. We knew jolly Ronnie for at least 40 years and he will be so greatly missed. It's so hard to believe he is gone but will be teaching fishing to those in heaven.

  • Baldwin
  • Illinois
Moose said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 7:12 PM

So sorry marsha and family he was a great man I was so lucky to know him till we meet again Ronnie love you all

  • Eucha
  • Ok.
Jack & Mary Drummond said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 6:46 PM

So sorry for your loss. Ron was one of a kind and will be missed. Prayers for your family.

  • Damiansville
  • Il
Helen Cook said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 6:41 PM

Marsha and family, so sorry to hear of Ron's passing. Prayers to all

  • New Athens
  • New Athens, IL
Mike Hoelscher said : Guest Report Dec 04, 2023 at 3:46 PM

Sorry for your loss . In our prayers Ron will be missed!

  • Rockwood il
  • Illinois

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