|Ronald U. "Ron" Partlow, 71, of Preemption, IL, died Wednesday September 9, 2009 at Trinity Terrace Park in Bettendorf, Iowa. A Celebration of his Life will be 10:00 AM Saturday at the New Windsor Fair Grounds in New Windsor, IL. Entombment will follow be at Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery in Rock Island. Visitation will be from 2 - 8 PM Friday at the Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Memorials may be left to New Kingdom Trail Riders, New Windsor Rodeo or the New Windsor Presbyterian Church. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
He was born May 27, 1938 in Rock Island, a son of Urban Grant and Dora Rose Frederickson Partlow. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1956.
Ron worked for 13 years at Lucille's Pie Shop in Milan later owning the business from 1966 until 1980. He then owned and operated Country Flowers and Gift Shop in New Windsor and purchased the Viola Flower Shop. He delivered for Bonnett's Wholesale Florist in Milan retiring in 2006
Since 1955 Ron was a well known Professional Rodeo announcer throughout the United States and Canada. He was announcer for the New Windsor Fair and Rodeo since 1967 and in 1972 he founded the New Windsor Drill Team where for many years they toured the Midwest performing at parades, horse shows and rodeos. He was affiliated with the Latting Rodeo Productions in Chicago since 1976 and for many years he was a rodeo buddy with his best friend and brother, Dick. Ron entertained at many community functions with his original poetry and wrote many patriotic openings and finales for rodeo events.
He was a member, Deacon, and Elder of the New Windsor Presbyterian Church, Past President and Director of the New Windsor Fair and Rodeo Association, Past President of the Mid-Western Illinois Appaloosa Horse Club and Past Director of the Illinois Quarter Horse Association. He was a horse show judge, announced Class A Arabian Horse shows and was a Mercer County 4-H leader for 20 years. He was also a member of the New Windsor Businessmen Association and the Depot Committee.
He is survived by 2 sons, Patrick (Brenda) Partlow of Aledo; Timothy (Shawna) Partlow of New Windsor; 1 daughter, Kelleen (Kevin) Langley of Winnsboro, TX; 6 grandchildren, Bailey, Logan, McKayla, Alicia,, Shaleen and Wade; 1 great grandson, Emery; 1 brother, Darrell Partlow of Center, TX, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters Delores, Beverly, and Charlotte and 2 brothers, Gerry and Dick.