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Ronald Jerome Sebastian

January 20, 1947 October 2, 2019
Ronald Jerome Sebastian
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Obituary for Ronald Jerome Sebastian

Ronald Sebastian was born on January 20, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois to William and Betty (nee Smith) Sebastian. He died Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at his home in Arlington Heights.

Mr. Sebastian, along with his wife, were owners of Des Plaines Hobbies since 1983. He formerly worked with his father at Sebastian Realty in Des Plaines, then for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a brakeman, and later with the National Transportation Safety Board as an accident investigator. He served in the Army as a “Dustoff” pilot during the Vietnam War and was a former helicopter flight instructor at Glenview Naval Air Base.

Ron would always say with a grin “don’t do anything I wouldn’t do” and those who knew and loved him are grateful that he did so much. Throughout his life Ron had the privilege of getting to know many people. Anyone lucky enough to come into contact with Ron was guaranteed a conversation, either through his storytelling or while receiving his readily dispensed wisdom and advice. His expertise and vast knowledge was much utilized in the model railroad industry, and he carried that knowledge into his daily interactions with both employees and customers at Des Plaines Hobbies. When it was time to take a break from the hobby shop, Ron spent a lot of time with family, visiting his children and grandchildren and traveling with his wife throughout the United States and abroad. His generosity, kindness and humor will be remembered fondly.

Ronald is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Dolan) Sebastian; his daughters, Christine (Chris) Stigall and Kathleen (Matt) Gaudynski; his grandchildren, Madeline, Will, Drew, Anna, Benjamin and Harrison; his siblings, Debra Ann (Patrick) O'Brien, David M., and William B. Sebastian; and his many nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation from 3:00 pm until 8:00 pm, Monday, October 7, 2019, at Glueckert Funeral Home Ltd., 1520 N. Arlington Heights Road (4 blocks south of Palatine Rd.), Arlington Heights, Illinois. Funeral Service 10:00 am, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at the funeral home. Interment is at All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, Illinois.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to American Heart Assn. 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL, 60674, https://donatenow.heart.org.


Previous Events

Visitation

Monday

7

Oct

3:00 PM 10/7/2019 3:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 10/7/2019 8:00:00 PM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 N. Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Funeral Service

Tuesday

8

Oct

10:00 AM 10/8/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 10/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.

1520 North Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Glueckert Funeral Home, Ltd.
1520 North Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights 60004 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

All Saints Cemetery Final Resting Place

700 N. River Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

700 N. River Road Des Plaines 60016 IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

American Heart Association

3816 Paysphere Circle
Chicago, IL 60674
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