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Ronald Wightman

Ronald Earl Wightman entered into eternal rest Friday February 5, 2021. Ron Wightman, born on January 23, 1936 in St Louis MO and was the son of Earl and Nell (Blish) Wightman. Ron grew up in Alton, IL and upon graduating from high school, enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Benning, GA. After being discharged from the Army, Ron began his career with Owens Illinois in Alton. A natural salesman with charm and charisma, he easily developed friendships with his clients and colleagues, many of which lasted a lifetime. Ron spent over 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry, retiring to Lake Ozark and then later Nixa, MO to be closer to family. Ron lived life to the fullest and enjoyed being on the open road. He would ride his Harley to motorcycle rallies across the US, including Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis. In the Fall, he made frequent trips to Cody, WY and Yellowstone National Park to go trout fishing; when winter arrived he drove his motorcoach to Naples, FL. He enjoyed attending auto races and looked forward to the Chili Bowl race in Tulsa OK each year. He also had a love of boating and spent many days on the water in Lake Ozark with family and friends. Ron was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Alton IL and a member of the St Louis Shriners. Ron is survived by his wife, Mary of 45 years; children Pam Borror of Springfield, Cheri (Steve) Couture of Millbury, MA, Julie (Mike) DeSirey of Dardenne Prairie and John (Jami) Wightman of Nixa; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife Eleanor and his parents. The family will hold a celebration of life from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM Saturday, February 13, 2021 at the Kelby Creek Club House, Nixa. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospitals at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org. Cremation is under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa.

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So many great memories with the whole family.Lots of fun and laughter. I saw Ron last at my Dad's funeral which was such a nice surprise. Me and my family will never forget your loving family. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you all. Love from the Gianopulos family

Judy Feiler Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

The memories over the past 30 years are embedded in our lives forever. Boating will never be thought of without Ron and Mary. Our love and sorrow go out to the family. Calm waters Ron. John and Jeanne, San Diego

J Irwin Feb 15 2021 12:00 AM

There are no words to tell you, Mary, Pam, Sherry, Julie, and John, how much Ron meant to me and my family. We go back a long time together. When you lived in Godfrey, in California, in St. Peters, and the Lake to name a few. I love every one of you. Please know how sorry I am for your loss. I loved that crazy guy.

Marce Corbett Feb 11 2021 12:00 AM