Do not stand at my grave & weep. I am not there. I do not sleep. I'm the thousand winds that blow. I'm the diamond glints on snow. I'm the sunlight on ripened grain. I'm the gentle autumn rain. Do not stand at my grave & cry. I am not there; I did not die
  • 78 years old
  • Born on February 16, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
  • Passed away on January 6, 2014 in Chandler, Arizona, United States.

This memorial website was created to share and celebrate memories of our beloved father, Ronald Pedone, who was born on February 16, 1935 and passed away on January 6, 2014. 

"Dad, Your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever." ~ Joe, Carolyn, Linda, Billy, Danny, Michele, Brian and Julie

A Celebration of Ron's life will be held at St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church in Chandler, Arizona on January 23, 2014 at 10am followed by reception at 11am.  A military memorial will follow at National Memorial Cemetary of Arizona at 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd in Phoenix at 1:30pm.  

Ron was born and raised as an only child in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up at 64th & Washtenaw on the South Side, where he became a Golden Gloves boxer at St. Rita's High School. After serving in the U.S. Army at Darmstadt, Germany, he was elected Trustee in the Village of Worth, Illinois where he and his wife Joan raised their first five children.

In 1963, Ron began his long career with United Airlines and in 1968, they moved their family to Santa Monica, California. Their last three children were born in Santa Monica, where Ron coached Little League baseball and was a parishioner of St. Monicas Church. In 1983, they moved the family to Denver, Colorado. Ron married Donna in 1990 and retired with United in 1996. Ron and Donna settled in sunny Chandler, Arizona shortly thereafter.  Ron enjoyed 24 years of devotion to his loving wife Donna, who he adored.

It should be noted that Ron was a devoted son. He and Donna generously cared for his mother Margaret Pedone for many years, until her death at the age of 101 years.

Ron never lost his love for authentic Chicago treats like Home Run Inn pizza, Italian Beef sandwiches, and White Castle hamburgers. He kept his garage so well organized that a common family prank was to move one of his many tools and see how long it would take him to notice it was out of place (usually under 5 minutes). He liked many of life's simple pleasures such as a great meal cooked by his loving wife Donna, snacks of pepperoni and bread while watching Judge Judy, and an occasional Pepsi (but never Coke!). A visit with Dad in Chandler usually included a meal at the local Chinese buffet, one of his other favorites. 

Ron is survived by his wife Donna Pedone and his children Joe Pedone, Carolyn Kahler, Linda Pedone, Billy Pedone, Danny Pedone, Michele Larson, Brian Pedone and Julie Pedone-Kitchen, and his step-children Vicki Flanigan, Lori LaLone-Arnold, Clifford LaLone and Michael Lalone. He also leaves several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many, many friends.

We will forever remember our Dad for his loving support and firm guidance, life-long devotion to family, dedication and success in his career, his love of sports and coaching, and his commitment to his church and community. Our Dad was true and authentic; his passion and integrity were unwavering. Dad was an example and inspiration to us all, a Golden Gloves champion boxer, the #1 fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago White Sox, and our one-and-only Italian Stallion.

We invite you to contribute, comment and share your memories of Ron.

Posted by Carolyn Kahler on 6th January 2018
Four years have gone by, and yet it seems like yesterday when you were watching the Bears, and we were arguing over whether or not there is any good pizza in Arizona. I miss you Dad. Love, Carolyn
Posted by Joan Totusek on 6th January 2017
3 years in Heaven and I bet everyone knows you by now! And you're probably telling everyone this is the best place to live! Thanks for the good memories and especially for the wonderful family you gave me.
Posted by Michele Larson on 17th February 2016
Love you Dad. Happy Birthday to my Angel.
Posted by Joan Totusek on 25th January 2014
I am so grateful to our 4 daughters for creating this "forever remembrance" of Ron and to our 4 sons for their strength to our family in this sad time of our lives. I will hold the past 63 years of good memories in my heart and hold dear Ron's example of finding the blessings in all situations and places in our lives.
Posted by Jack Bilanzic on 22nd January 2014
The Pedone Family, Please accept our sympathy and prayers on Ron's death- it is so hard to lose someone you love so much. Your dad was a wonderful friend to us and we have so many fond memories. Our wonderful vacations in Santa Monica and DisneyLand our something Jeanne and Eddie still talk about. We had great times together - so much fun and a friendship we will never forget. Jack and Ron were forever Riverview and White Sox fans! There will never be another Ron Pedone for us. We will always cherish our friendship with all of you. Thinking of You All! Love, Jack and Pat
Posted by Jonathon Kitchen Sr. on 20th January 2014
You were a nice man. U made my son smile and laugh and that made me smile . U also made a beautiful daughter, which I call my favorite sister. May u rest peacefully and enjoy the heavens above Jonathon.
Posted by Jean Mahoney on 18th January 2014
I forgot what a wonderful smile your Dad had! Thank you for doing this.
Posted by Heather Ruybal-Schwab on 15th January 2014
There are so many memories and stories to tell. He was like my second dad growing up. I was always at the house just like I was one of his kids. I was included in FAMILY activities. He was the typical parent running us all over town. To the movies, mall, skating, even out bowling league we played on which Michele excelled in. I have favorite memories, some quite funny. This particular one one tells what a great man he was. Walking to the house one night and someone tried to take me. I ran so fast and when I got to the door I was non stop ringing the doorbell. The man had actually got out of his car and was approaching me. When Michele opened the door the Guy ran. Dad didn't call the police. He literally put us in the car and we went on the hunt. That great man drove all over the neighborhood hell bent on trying to find the car and the man. We never did. However, he was there for me and not about to let anything happen to us. If we had found the man and the car, lord help us. He would not have survived Mr. Pedone. He was a great father. Granted, we could drive the man crazy at times and upset him. He was all about love and family.
Posted by Cliff Lalone on 14th January 2014
Coudnt have asked for a better stepfather. We will all miss you so very much Ron we loved you a lot. Im sure you are up there in heaven looking down on your 12 kids with a smile! Im so glad you and mom found each other. You had a heart of gold! Love you. Go Bears!!
Posted by Michele Larson on 14th January 2014
Dad, I sit here listening to your favorite songs and I can hear your voice singing along. I would bet you are singing for the Angels now and they are smiling just as much as your songs made me smile. I know you can't be with me here in person, but I also know you will always be close by...whispering in my ear and guiding me through life. It gives me comfort to know I can talk to you whenever I need you and you will see every proud moment of my life going forward, which I still hope to give you many before I'm done. Thank you for giving me your courage and strength. I wouldn't be the person I am today without you and I only hope to give my girls the same wonderful qualities that you passed on to me. I'm so proud to be your daughter and I love you so very very much.
Posted by Julie Pedone on 12th January 2014
Pop Every single day with you was an amazing adventure. I pray that whatever time God gives me on this earth…. that I make you proud. That I live life the way you taught me to live. That we are all brave through this transition and know in our hearts you are in such a beautiful place. I promise to do right by you in this little life… until we meet again pappa. Thank you for being my Dad… the greatest Dad in the world. My #1 guy. Jules

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