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Tuesday November 13th, 2018
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Ronald E. Jaeger

Ronald E. Jaeger, 66, of Columbia, IL, died November 10, 2018, in Columbia, IL. He was born January 22, 1952, in Red Bud, IL.

Ron was a graduate of Waterloo High School. He was a skilled machinist, working for Dynegy Power Plant in Baldwin, IL where he was a proud member of IBEW Local 51.  He retired after 34 years with the company in 2012.  

He enjoyed running; placing in and winning many regional races in his lifetime. Ron also loved the outdoors, including camping, boating down at Lake Kinkaid and enjoying a cold one by the camp fire.  He always had a passion for working in his garage, listening to KSHE, and re-building muscle cars including his beloved 68 Corvette.  With his tight knit group of friends, he traveled to several NASCAR raceways around the country to experience life in the fast lane.  Ron had a unique talent for finding a bargain, often discovering “new” treasures at auctions and giving them his signature Ron touch.  Even with all of his hobbies he always made time to help his friends and family with various projects.  

His favorite thing to do was to spend time with family and friends.  He is survived by Vickie Jaeger, his wife of 18 years, daughters, Maria (Frank) Kellner of Skokie, IL and Emily (Andrew) Twigg of O’Fallon, IL and step daughters Lacy (Brian Hummert) Barban of Barnhart, MO and Tracy (James) Maul of Columbia, IL,  Mother Marie (Charlie) Smitt of Dupo, IL, siblings, Rich Jaeger of Waterloo, IL and Kathy Dixon of Red Bud, IL, many cousins, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in-laws and several close friends.  Ron’s greatest joy in life was being a Papa to his grandkids: Rylie, Julia, Ava, Claire & Wesley.  He is proceeded in death by his father, Leo Jaeger of Waterloo, IL and brother in law Charlie Dixon.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorial contributions to: 
BJC Hospice
or ALS Association - St. Louis Regional Chapter

10 AM until time of service Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home
1 PM Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Interment at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Waterloo, IL

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I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).

Marty Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

A Memorial Stones was sent on November 13, 2018Thinking of you during this hard time. Love the Sloans

Expression of Sympathy Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM

Maria and Emily
I am so sorry to hear about your dad. His infectious smile and caring attitude was a joy to be around. You both now have an awesome guardian angel on your shoulders.
All my best,
Stacy (Redden) Maschhoff

Stacy Maschhoff Nov 13 2018 12:00 AM

As I write this my heart is very empty and the sadness overwhelms me. I first met Ron in 7th grade, we immediately had a bond and friendship that has lasted over 5 decades. We shared many of the same likes, (fast cars, building things, human values and most of all we loved running track and being the best we could be. Ron and I shared many, many times and activities together, such as listening to Hee Haw and then singing those songs from the show like " Where, where are you tonight." Setting outside Glen (Hump) Rabberman's house and singing after we dropped him off and hanging out the window and saying leave I will be in trouble. We were both suspended from high school for 3 days for getting into a scuffle with another individual in gym. Ron and I both were selected to represent Waterloo High School at the State Finals in Track both our Junior and Seniors years. Our friendship and competiveness only furthered or relationship more and we strived to be #1 for Waterloo High School. Ron became a machinist and his desire to be the best was always recognized by the people I know who worked with him at Illinois Power. We attended Nascar races at Atlanta, Michigan, and Gateway.I always looked forward to seeing Ron at these events. We spent times with Ron eating out and meeting him at his house in Smithton. He Willie Heller and I drove to Michigan and we laughed all the way there due to something that was happening behind us on the way up. Ron had a unique sense of humor and he couldsneak in those little gigs, without making it look like he was up to something. Growing up the old saying "When you see one you see the other", fit us to the tee. We were able to take a ride in our Corvettes last summer and I know Ron really enjoyed it and was very happy that we were able to get together and do that. I will miss Ron every day of my life as he was not only my best friend, but like a brother to me.You all are so blessed to have had a husband, father, grandfather, brother in your lives as Ron.

Duke Hinrichs Nov 12 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. May the words in John 11:20-27 be of hope to you.

TL Nov 12 2018 12:00 AM

A Lanterns was sent on November 12, 2018Were so sorry for your loss, Lacey and family. As I see the snow fall, I can feel Gods love raining down on you. Breathe in your dads spirit and know he will always be with you. LOVE, JASON & YOLI RANDL

Expression of Sympathy Nov 12 2018 12:00 AM

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Expression of Sympathy Nov 12 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Vickie.

Ritch and Denise Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace my friend, we shared a lot of laughs, never forget the shift we worked together at the top of the conditioner house in a snow storm, don't really know if a lot of work was done, but WOW what a storm we watched together! I'll always remember you buddy!

John sronce Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM

A MONET'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent on November 10, 2018With Sympathy
From Everyone at Refinery Salon.

Expression of Sympathy Nov 10 2018 12:00 AM