Ronald G. "Ronnie" Bankes
Canton-Ronald G. "Ronnie" Bankes, 85, of Canton passed away Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at Red Oak Estates Memory Care in Canton.
He was born on April 27, 1935, in Leesburg to Harold and Alberta (Larimore) Bankes. They preceded him in death.
He married Joan Messer on April 17, 1954. She preceded him in death on June 27, 2020, after 66 years of marriage.
Also preceding him in death were one brother, Robert Bankes; and one granddaughter, Nicole Rabe.
Surviving are three children, Pam (Mike) Rabe of Pekin; Kevin (Denise) Bankes of Canton; and Mendy (Frank) Jones of Canton; one sister, Marilyn Madson of Lewistown; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Ronnie retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 649, where he was a member for over 40 years. In earlier years, he was a painter, and worked at Key Motors, then at Orwig Autobody as an autobody repairman. In his retirement, he continued his love of restoring vehicles, both for himself and for friends. He spent many hours helping friends in the restoration of their vehicles. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, mushrooming and gardening, especially growing roses, mums and dahlias. He was also a member of 1st Christian Church in Canton.
He was a member of the Gear Jammers car club, as well as Morning Star Masonic Lodge 734, where he was a 45-year member.
Services will be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 10:30 am, at Oaks Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Canton, where visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Canton. Covid 19 mandates will be followed with social distancing and facial masks required.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.
The funeral will be live streamed on the Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory facebook page.
To view Ronnie's DVD or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakhinesfuneralhome.com.
Kevin, Pam and Mendy and your families. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your father. Now he is singing and dancing with Joann again. I will miss him dearly as I do your mother. Im grateful for the opportunity I had to cook and know them. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
My Heart goes out to you in this (your) time of grieving for Dad and probably still Mom. I and the Jones family have many, many great memories from growing-up next door on Taylor Ct. Alot of it seemed to be the Ronnie&Glen activities that drove the rest of us into being so close and growing-up together. It has always seemed to me that neighbors everywhere aren't much like that anymore. So many people don't share their lives, at least Face-to-Face, and we-all shared so much. Ronnie was always so kind, painting my bicycles, showing me how to clean fish, or yard acrobatics. He was always so willing to listen to me, - showing his respect for just simple teenager-stuff. Quite a philosopher he told me once when I was complaining that these were the best years of my life. It was a mystery then, but with all the freedoms of being a teenager, so very true! I'll never forget Ronnie & Joan! Clark
My sympathies to Ronnie s family from Linda (Stacy Porch) Porch operating engineers 649 family
Kevin and family, very sorry to hear of you dad's passing. Prayers and thoughts to you.
There are no words to express my sorrow to know that your family is suffering thru this tragic loss again so soon. Your father was such a true gentleman in every sense. I can still hear his laugh. Such wonderful neighbors....almost my extended family. Ahhh the memories! Both your parents are sooo missed! There just aren't many like them left inthis world. Love love love....to all of you!
Really big hugs to some really great people. I'm so very sorry for your loss. I pray for healing for all of you.
Denny and I are so sorry to learn of Ronnie’s passing, especially so soon after Joan’s passing last year. He will be missed by all of you. Condolences to your family. 💐
I am sorry to hear of you Father's passing. My Mom, Olga, enjoyed both Joan and Ronnie when they shared their meal together at Graham's Extended Care. Also your Father would entertain us on a harmonica. God Bless. Alison Wolf
I'm so very sorry for your families loss. Your mother in June , now your father. This is so heartbreaking for your family.
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Canton, Illinois 61520
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