|Lt. Col. Ronald I. Sandberg, 93 of 206 W. Latimer St., Abingdon, passed away on Thursday, January 7th at 10:42 am at Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born on May 14, 1916 in Linn Grove, Iowa to Henning and Hazel Sandberg. He had one brother, Don and three sisters, Elaine, Shirley and Pauline, all who preceded him in death. He attended Hampton High School and went to college in Iowa.
He married Wanda Smith on April 12, 1941 in Burlington, Iowa. She survives. They were the parents of four daughters, Sunny (and Anthony) Ezzo of Springfield, Il, Ronda Schertz of Hartville, OH, Pam (and John Shea) Kepple of Abingdon, IL and Debbie (and Greg) Lightbourn of Clearwater, FL. He had 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
In his early years, he was a truck driver for Skell Gas and Burlington Truck Lines. He then served in the Air Force for 35 years, serving in the Azores, Hawaii and the Berlin Airlift. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel when he retired. He became the chief accountant at the Brass Factory (Sta-Rite) in Abingdon. He also worked at Russel Morss Plumbing and Heating until he retired. He was a member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church and the Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381.
Ron had no greater love than for his wife of 68 years, his daughters and grandchildren. He also enjoyed collecting guns, hunting and sitting on his front porch with his wife.
Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Sunday, January 10, 2010 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel. The funeral will be held at 10:00 am Monday, January 11, 2010 at the Abingdon United Methodist Church. Rev. Paul Dinges will officiate. Burial will be in the Abingdon Cemetery with military rites by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post #381.
Memorials may be made to American Legion Post #381 or to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.