Ronald Zawislak (1959-2022) cared for his truck, loved hot rod meets


Ronald "Ron" Zawislak of Roscoe passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022 at age 62, after a short illness. 

Born April 7, 1959 in Rockford, Illinois, he was the son of Anthony A. Zawislak and Victoria B. Olszewski. He attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Grade School and graduated from Rockford West High School in 1977. Ron worked for the J.B. Hunt Corporation as a transportation specialist and enjoyed being on the road and meeting people. Earlier, he was employed at Elco-Textron as a roll thread operator and later was a tool and die maker before becoming a trucker.

He loved spending time with his brother, sisters, nieces and nephews on the holidays and whenever special family events allowed. At an early age Ron displayed an interest in all types of cars and trucks, especially ones where he could pull off the wheels and axles and try to reassemble them, though not always successfully. He loved National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) meets and the excitement that comes with the roar of high horsepower motors launching a vehicle down a quarter mile racetrack. His love for trucks showed in the way he cared for the truck he drove every day and how important it was to stay safe on the roads.

His easy-going humor and love of life will be remembered forever by his devoted family: sister Alexandria Pro (James) of Spring, TX; sister Barbara Anderson (Jeffrey) of Spring, TX; sister Loretta Dobson (Steven) of Loves Park, IL; brother Gregory Zawislak (Laurie) of Roscoe, IL; late brother George Zawislak (Barbara) of Chattanooga, TN; late brother Mark Zawislak of Rockford, IL; niece Michelle Corley (Kevin) of Missouri City, TX; niece Andrea Pro of Spring, TX; nephew Tod Pro of Spring, TX; nephew Eric Anderson (Amanda) of Spring, TX; nephew Troy Anderson (Misty) of Houston, TX; niece Stephanie Tuttle (Ben) of Loves Park, IL; niece Sarah Nelson (Bryce) of Roscoe, IL; niece Danielle Dobson of Loves Park, IL; nephew Josh Zawislak of Rockford, IL; nephew Nick Zawislak of Chattanooga, TN; nephew Chris Zawislak of Rockford, IL; niece Tiffany Torres (Mark) of Lake in the Hills, IL; nephew Chad Fehlberg of Rockford, IL; nephew Cory Fehlberg of Denver, CO; and many great nieces and nephews.

Celebration of his life will take place with a visitation in Honquest Family Funeral Home - Mulford Chapel, 4311 N. Mulford Road, Loves Park, IL  on Thursday January 27, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 28, 2022 in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 201 Buckbee St., Rockford.

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