Ronald Middendorf

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Ronald C. Middendorf, 61, of Belleville, IL, born December 21, 1957, in Belleville, IL, died April 2, 2019, in West Chester, PA, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Born with Down Syndrome, Ron was nonverbal, but always had a wave and smile for everyone and a big hug for those special to him. Growing up in Belleville, IL, he attended Mamie O’Stookey school as a child and worked at SAVE as a young adult. He loved riding his big tricycle on grandpa’s farm and playing with his collection of matchbox cars. Ronnie was also skilled in bowling, a beloved pastime. Ronnie moved to West Chester, PA with his sister, Marlene, in 1998 after their mother died. While living in Pennsylvania, Ronnie worked at Handi-Crafters, Inc., doing assembly work, making friends and going to dances. Despite being nonverbal, Ronnie made friends wherever he traveled. Ron developed Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. He enjoyed attending the Handi-Crafters Older Adult Center throughout his late adulthood and benefitted from the friendships cultivated in this environment.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Esther (Behrmann) Middendorf.

He is survived by two sisters, Marlene (Tom) Vogel and Diane (Larry) Appel;
three nieces, Tamara (Aaron) Burg, Elizabeth (John) Martin, and Valerie (Jeremy) Ross;
two nephews, Mark (Michelle) Appel, and Patrick (Kristin) Jackson;
as well as many cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials in Ron’s honor may be made to Handi-Crafters, Inc., 215 Barley-Sheaf Rd., Thorndale, Pa, 19372, or online at Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 10:45 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


3 Comments on Ronald Middendorf

Barb Louis said : Guest Report Apr 08, 2019 at 11:03 AM

Marlene and family, we will miss Ronnie and his love for cars and tractors and his smile. Losing someone is always worse for the families but he is in a better place now.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Linda Thornburg said : Guest Report Apr 07, 2019 at 9:39 AM

To Marlene and Tom. I remember Ronnie as a warm and friendly young man when visiting Dad in Du Quoin. Ronnie was much loved and cared for and will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Klaus and I send you our condolences and love from England.

  • Kendal
  • Cumbria UK
Sandy Wheeler said : Guest Report Apr 05, 2019 at 5:30 PM

So sorry for your loss. God bless you and your family.

  • Chillicothe
  • MO

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