He was born on Dec. 3, 1932, to Romain and Yvonne (Delanois) Tranchant in Westville.
Those left behind to cherish Ron's memory are brothers Norman (Linda), Romain and Gus Tranchant; sister, Jane (Lee Blondeel) Curry; nieces and nephews, Lisa (Ross) Wilmot and Jennifer (Ken) Knight, Scott (Ashley), Raymond (Nikki), Pat (Cindy), Jimmy (Carol), and Michael (Patricia) Tranchant, Julie Mornar, Nicky, Brett and Rob Tranchant, Angela (Mario) Panic, Troy (Tammy) Tranchant, Jackie Curry and Melanie George; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Ron also leaves behind a special friend and companion, Betty Ablinger and her family, whom he considered his adopted family; friends John and Sean McBride; and other close friends.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents; brother, John Tranchant; and beloved friend and companion, Evelyn Golden.
A graduate of Westville High School Ron joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 where he served aboard the USS Larson during the Korean Conflict.
After returning home he found work as a pipe fitter for Illinois Power and was instrumental in getting a gas line from St. Louis to Belleville. He retired after more than 30 years of service.
Ron was a member of the Westville American Legion Post 51, the Westville Sportsman's Club and the Illinois Power Retirees. He was a 42-year member of the Masonic Fraternity and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason in the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Danville.
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, St. Louis Cardinals, the Illini and local Westville High School sports.
An animal lover, Ron spent more on feeding squirrels and birds than he did himself. He loved to spend time outdoors hunting, fishing and gardening, but above all else Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
He will be remembered as a man put on this Earth to help others and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of Ron's life will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville with Pastor Raymie Gordan officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park where military honors will be performed by the Westville American Legion Post 51.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the funeral home; Masonic rites will be performed by the Catlin Lodge 285 at 7:30 p.m.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Catlin Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 1015, Catlin, IL 61817.
Condolences may be offered at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.