Ronald Jung

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Ronald J. Jung, 97, of Freeburg, IL, born April 25, 1926, in Freeburg, IL, died Sunday, October 15, 2023, at his residence.

Ronald was a United States World War II veteran of both the Army and the Air Force. He was an Army Air Force cadet in 1943 and re-enlisted as a sgt. in the United States Air Force. He was a waist gunner on a B-29 for the 330th Bomb Group. Ronald was a material controller and retired from Union Electric, St. Louis, MO, after 40 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 72 years, Leona, nee Ahlers, Jung, whom he married on May 21, 1950, and who died on April 12, 2023; his parents, Robert and Mae, nee, Schoen, Jung; his stepfather, Hugo “Hook” Barth; three brothers, Kenneth Jung, Robert (Genevieve) Jung, and Richard (Barbara) Jung; and a half sister, Barbara Alexander.

He is survived by a daughter, Brenda (Don) Vogel of Freeburg, IL; four grandchildren, Zebulon (Paige) Moake, Alecia Hammen, Delaina (Jake) Root, Shawn (Amy) Moake; 11 great-grandchildren, Aurora Moake, Zane Moake, Landrie Moake, Emmett Hammen, Vincent Hammen, Ashlyn Hammen, Bennett Root, Levi Root, Justin Moake, Jessica Moake, and Brylee Denton; two half-siblings, Janice Jung and Gary Gunn; special friends, Glenn Walker and Jerry Downen; special friend and loving caregiver, Deb Lewis; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 20, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

FuneralFuneral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, with Deacon Corby Valentine officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


13 Comments on Ronald Jung

Lanie Heidenreich said : Guest Report Oct 20, 2023 at 5:36 AM

Rest in peace sweet, sweet Uncle Ronnie. You and your brothers epitomized what it meant to be from the Greatest Generation. The Jung brothers are together again and that makes me smile. Brenda I am so sorry for your loss but you have wonderful memories to hold on to and I hope that brings you peace. You are an amazing daughter.

  • TN
John & Joyce Dittmann said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2023 at 4:44 PM

Ronnie was a very special kind of friend, and I learned many things from him and his two brothers over the years. He will be missed by many.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Deb Lewis said : Guest Report Oct 19, 2023 at 11:26 AM

Missing my sweet buddy, Ron. What an amazing man. Kind and funny, with so many talents. I know he is glad to see Leona and so many others. Thinking of you always Brenda. Condolences to the family.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Dave Lewis said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2023 at 7:52 PM

One heck of a guy. Helpful, kind, funny -you couldn't ask for a better friend.

  • Waterloo
  • Illinois
Wayne and Allison Harris said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2023 at 5:48 PM

Thank you Ronnie for your service and for your tomatoes. Sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Brad and Kim Towers said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2023 at 1:02 PM

Saddened to hear of your daddy's passing, Brenda, and sending hugs and prayers as your grieve your loss. Find strength in knowing that he is at peace and led an outstanding life. He will be missed and remembered fondly. xo

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Nick and Jen said : Guest Report Oct 18, 2023 at 7:47 AM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ron. We always loved seeing him and Leona on special occasions. They were the cutest couple ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love you all.

  • Columbia
  • Mo
Tom Hill said : Guest Report Oct 17, 2023 at 9:21 AM

Sorry for your loss.

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Connie Runyon said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2023 at 8:59 PM

I feel privileged to have known Ron in my lifetime. He was a good man in every way. He will be missed by many.

  • Edwardsville
  • IL
Jim Donovan, Lt Col (Ret), USAF said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2023 at 6:32 PM

So sorry for your loss. But also, so thankful to him for my 2hr. discussion with him on his WWII experiences as a B29 gunner, after the Freeburg Homecoming Parade. He was mesmerizing in describing his wartime experiences. I appreciate the opportunity to talk to a true national hero. God bless him.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jerry & Mary Anne Downen said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2023 at 4:34 PM

Sweet rest neighbor. We will miss you

  • Freeburg
  • Il
Mark Stehl said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2023 at 3:14 PM

R.I.P. Ronnie. You and Leona were the best neighbors anyone could ever ask for. Always enjoyed talking with Ronnie and listening to his stories. The neighborhood would be the same without you.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Stacey Gunn said : Guest Report Oct 16, 2023 at 2:05 PM

My deepest condolences to you all Jung family !!! Learning of you all here recently and seeing the happiness my father Gary had discovering he had half brothers has been amazing. May you all find peace and comfort at this time of loss !! Warm Regards, Stacey Gunn (Gary Gunn's middle son)

  • Arlington
  • WA

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