Ronald J. Compton Ret. Col.

Ronald J. Compton - Retired Colonel, 68, of Belleville, Illinois, born Saturday, November 6, 1943, in St. Louis, MO, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Mr. Compton retired from the United States Air Force as a Colonel. Prior to his military service Mr. Compton was a Science Teacher in the Parkway School District in St. Louis County.  He was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Epsilon Iota '62, and Boy Scouts of America - Eagle Scout. Ronald was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Parents: John J. and Pauline E. nee Nicholson, Compton
  • Sister: Paula J. Compton

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Rebecca Compton of Belleville, IL
  • Son: Ryan (Jackie) Compton of Keller, TX
  • Daughter: Sarah  Compton of Belleville, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Austin Compton
    • Joshua Compton
    • Lilianna Compton
    • Brooke Compton
    • Noah  Cudaback

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 10:00 am - 12:15 pm Friday, October 5, 2012 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Illinois.

Funeral:  Funeral procession will leave Kurrus Funeral Home at 12:15 pm for a Military Honors Service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery which will be held at 1:00 pm Friday, October 5, 2012. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Condolences left for Ronald J. Compton Ret. Col.:

    My thoughts and prayers are with Ron's family and friends. He was truly a good friend, fine man, and he will be greatly missed. Sharon

    Sharon Knobloch Butler Festus Mo. 63028

    Ron was one of my friends all the way through school. He was a good soul and will be greatly missed. My prayers go out to his family.


    Our thoughts are with your family in this hour of grief. We love you Tin Man. - The Billington Family, Max, Lisa, Olivia, Connor, and Jake.

    Max L Billington Fort Worth Texas 76244

    The good times at FHS & our class reunions will always be cherished. Ron was a great friend, companion, and just a pleasure to be around. Our prayers go out to Becky and his family. Due to Bob's brain surgery this past week, we regret that we cannot come and pay our respects to this wonderful man and his family.

    Bob & Becky Tipton Crystal City MO 63019

    Becky, Rayan, Sarah we are so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of Ron. Ron was a great guy, and awsome grand father. We always enjoyed being with Ron and Becky. Ron will be sadly missed but not forgotten.
    Chuck & Sharon

    Chuck & Sharon Collinsville Il 62234

    Becky, Rayan, Sarah we are so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of Ron. Ron was a great guy, and awsome grand father. We always enjoyed being with Ron and Becky. Ron will be sadly missed but not forgotten.
    Chuck & Sharon

    Chuck & Sharon Collinsville Il 62234

    My sincere condolences to the Compton Family. I worked with Ron in the late 90's at Scott AFB and he was one of the kindest, nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Everyone LOVED Ron!!

    Reggie McLendon London England

    Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for you. The NARFE Service Center is located in building 50, Scott AFB. You may visit the Service Center on Tuesdays, 10AM to 2PM or call 618-256-9350. You may leave a voice mail message at other times and we will return your call the following Tuesday. You may also call either of our Service Officers, Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819, for immediate assistance if required.

    Gene Wiggins MASCOUTAH IL 62258

    I met Ron when he was a civilian at Air Mobility Command and was fortunate to be working with him when he retired. I still chuckle when I think of his retirement luncheon at Joe's Crab Shack and bar hopping on a school bus that night. Really enjoyed working with him. He was the master of gag gifts at work. I still have the one he gave me. He is missed already.

    Dan Bradley O'Fallon IL 62269

    Our whole office was so sad to hear of Ron's passing. I will always remember him with a big smile on his face. He was a favorite of ours and we will miss him. I hope Becky and the rest of his family can take comfort in all the good memories he left behind.

    Rebecca Hartfield, D.M.D. Belleville IL 62223

    To Becky, Sarah and Rayan,We were saddened to read of the loss of your loved one. You are in our prayers.

    Charles and Julia Stewart Belleville IL 62221

    I'm sorry Bob and I will not be able to attend Ron's funeral, but want to extend our sympathies to the family. When he was the "Quality" guru on the MAC/AMC staff, I enjoyed learning from and working with him. He was soft-spoken, very polite, and was a mentor to me regarding implementing the "Total Quality Management" program at the time, and in just working issues on the staff. He was a good man, and a good friend.

    Carol Jones Fairview Heights IL 62208

    To Ron’s family and friends, our deepest sympathies. I worked with Ron on the AMC staff. He was a role model to all of us. His ability to balance mission focus, concern for people, humor, and energy were second to none. I picture Ron with a smile on his face, with a witty comment at the ready; but, with sage wisdom to heed. He made everyone feel important and appreciated. Ron has touched us all, made us all better people, and he will be deeply missed. God bless.

    Ed Skibinski Fairview Hts IL 62208

    Becky,our prayers go out to you and your family. We'll never forget the fun we had while at Scott..The 3 you know whats were quite a combination. Love Rich & Judy

    Rich & Judy Glorioso Plant City Fl 33566

    Ron was a truly amazing fella and an inspiration to all of us who had the priviledge to work for and with him. My condolences for your loss. We are all better for having known him.

    William Sweet Fredericksburg Virginia 22407

    I'm very sorry of your loss. Ron was our Chief of Mantinence at Bergstrom AFB. He was a kind, gentle soul and served with great distinction. We will meet you at the gates, brother.

    David Bartley, nee Bunch Cibolo Tx 78108

    I was stunned & terribly saddened by the passing of Ron & even though he wanted us to call him Ron, as a former student, he will always be "Mr. Compton" to me. He was always a kind, wonderful man & seemed to always have a smile on his face. It was so obvious that he was happy to see his former students - and we were happy to see him each time we encountered him later in life. "Ron" embodied the best of all of that: he was a positive force in this world. He will be sadly missed and warmly remembered by all who knew him... what a great man and teacher. Karen and I send prayers and condolences to your entire family.

    Dave Gilbert Saint Louis Missouri 63119