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Ronald Garner

Birth Date: March 28, 1966
Death Date: April 25, 2017

Ronald Wade Garner, of Decatur, Illinois, passed away on Monday April 24, 2017 at the young age of 51. He was born on March 28, 1966 in Greensboro, North Carolina. On July 9, 2000, he married Marcia in Decatur, Illinois. Ronnie worked as a welder/fabricator and he loved what he did. He was very handy and could fix and build anything. He loved fishing and sports. He loved Duke basketball and Cubs baseball. Ronnie was a wonderful human being with a heart unmatched by any other. He lived to help others and had the ability to genuinely make everyone feel welcome and loved. He never met a stranger. Family was always the most important thing in Ronnie’s life.He was a born leader and an inspiration to anyone who knew him. Ronnie is survived by his wife Marcia, his mother, Marjorie Huggins with stepfather Roger and his father, Jesse Garner with stepmother Peggy, brothers Keith, Johnny and Donnie, sister Kim, by his sons Dustin with fiance Haley, and Landin, daughter Kaitlin, stepdaughters Stephanie with fiance Chris, and Jenny with fiance Sam, stepson Bo with wife Chelsea. He is also survived by many nieces,nephews and cousins whom he loved dearly. Ronnie was a proud “Papa”, filled with pride, to Mekayla, Draven, Taygan, Kayson, Delaney and Lydia. They all brought him indescribable joy. Let us not forget his best friends and loyal companions Dixie and Stash, the family pets.

Ronnie will return home with a service to celebrate on May 6, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Chapel 5515 North Church Street in Greensboro, NC. 27455.

Memorials may be directed to either the Macon County Animal Care Center, located at 2820 E. Parkway Dr, Decatur, IL – 62526 or the Guilford County Animal Shelter, located at 4525 W. Wendover Ave, Greensboro, NC – 27409.

The family of Ronald Garner is being served by the Graceland/Fairlawn Funeral Home, 2091 N. Oakland Ave. Decatur, IL. Please view the online obituary, send condolences, and share memories at

Memorial Ceremony
May 6, 2017
2:00 pm
Philadelphia Baptist Chapel
Greensboro, NC
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  1. Ronnie was my friend and brother. The last time I seen him was his 50th Birthday party. He made sure to thank me for some words I said to him a long time ago… he said it saved his life and would never forget what I told him. When I was young I knew nobody was going to mess with me because they would have to deal with him and there wasn't too many people brave enough to do that. Ronnie always had a big heart and a big smile, he would give you the shirt off his back. I will miss him and there will be an empty spot in my heart until we meet again. I pray for all of you and know he is still around protecting all of you. I love him very much and will always think of him. I may not make it on Saturday because I'm having chemo on Thursday, but know if I don't I will be thinking and praying for the family.
    Faye Sutphin Fields

  2. It has been years since I seen Ronnie I am shocked at the news and my memories are me and Ronnie playing doubles in pool at the game room on North Church st it was their I got to know Donnie and always thought that if I had a big brother it would be on like Ronnie. We made our names known at school and regardless of what we got into we were proud to be Northeast Rams and loved the people we hung out with. So as I see another piece of my past one of the best pieces leaving I hope this memory honors him and I will end with this.

    Numbers 6 24-26

    “May the Lord bless you and protect you;
    may the Lord make his face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    may the Lord look with favor on you
    and give you peace.” ’

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