Ronald Lee Mordhorst

Ronald Lee Mordhorst, 72, of Belleville, IL, born Saturday, March 19, 1938, in Waukegan, IL, died Tuesday, October 12, 2010, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Mordhorst graduated from Waukegan Township High School and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Iowa State University and a Masters degree from Webster College. He was a retired programmer and in management for Defense Mapping Agency and Aerospace Center. He was a member, elder, trustee and deacon of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL. He received the Church Man of the Year award in 2010 and was very active in mission projects for the church. He was a member of Gothic Lodge #852 AF& AM, Lewis and Clark Chapter Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion Post #2007 in Swansea, IL, and long time Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor with Signal Hill Troup #520. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: Warren Willis and Lucille Mae nee Chelstad Mordhorst
  • Son: David Lee Mordhorst
  • Brother-in-law: Walter Leonaitis

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Mary Jo Mordhorst nee Paisley
  • Children
    • Mary Ellen (William) Bertrand M.D. of Belleville, IL
    • Robert Allen (Laura Weatherspoon) Mordhorst of Fulton, MO
  • Daughter-in-Law: Vivian (Ted Martin) Kloke D.O. of O'Fallon, IL
  • Sister: Joanne Leonaitis of Waukegan, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Anna and Allison Mordhorst
    • Eleanor and Nelson Bertrand
  • Sisters-in-law
    • Tana Rae (Myron) Jennings of Winfield, IA
    • Emma Jane (Dennis) Farrenkopf of Excelsior Springs, MO
  • Dear Nieces and Nephews

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church-Mission Fund.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Monday, October 18, 2010, at the Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL and from 9:30-10:30 A.M. Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at First United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Alex Hendrickson and Rev. Jennifer Jennings officiating. Interment will follow at Green Mount Protestant Cemetery in Belleville, IL.

Condolences left for Ronald Lee Mordhorst:

    Mary Jo, I am so sorry to hear of Ron's death. He will be missed by many. Please accept my condolences.

    Marilyn Linton Belleville IL 62226

    The class of 1952, Spaulding School wants to send our sincerest condolences to Ron's family. We will miss him at our yearly picnics. R.I.P. Ron

    Joan Heinson (Kosa) Winthrop Harbor Illinois 60096

    My sincere sympathy to Mary Ellen and family on the loss of you husband.

    Richard Slocomb Naples Florida 34105

    My deepest sympathies in your loss. Ron and I were in the same Carto class and worked in the same division so many years ago. He was a great person.

    Opal Reynolds Stroup Fredericksburg VA 22407

    My heartfelt condolances to the family members of my Classmate from Spaulding Grade School 1952 and Waukegan Twnshp High School 1956. May the words of Emily Dickensen
    be a source of comfort:
    :This world is not conclusion,
    A sequel stands beyond,
    Invisible as Music,
    But positive as sound."
    Bless you all at this sorrowful time.
    Adrienne "Andie" Anderson

    Adrienne "Andie" Anderson Poulsbo WA 98370