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Arthur A. Ronat, 91, of Mount Vernon, Illinois passed away at 5:00 A.M. Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri. He was born Tuesday, May 5, 1925 in Bond County, Illinois to parents, Urban C. and Lea (Harnetiaux) Ronat. He married Agnes L. Schell on March 31, 1946 in Smithboro, Illinois and she preceded him in death on July 6, 2007.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mount Vernon, Illinois with The Very Reverend Father John Iffert officiating. Interment will follow at Saint Lawrence Cemetery in Greenville, Illinois. Members of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141 will conduct Full Military Honors at the cemetery.
A Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, October 3, 2016 at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois. A Chalice Service starting at 7:30 P.M. Monday, October 3, 2016 at the funeral home will be conducted by members of the Knights of Columbus followed by a Rosary Service officiated by The Very Reverend Father John Iffert. A Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be present during visiting hours.
Arthur is survived by his two sons: Dr. Ed Ronat and wife Teresa of Mount Vernon, Illinois and David Ronat and wife Eugenia of Saint Louis, Missouri, three grandchildren, six step grandchildren, one great grandson, and eleven step-great grandchildren.
His parents, wife: Agnes, daughter: Mary Jo Ronat, and two brothers: Loyd Ronat and Wilbur O. Ronat preceded him in death.
Mr. Ronat served our country in the United States Army Air Force as a Radio Operator in World War II. He served from August 14, 1943 to March 7, 1946 in the B-29 Air Crew Pacific Area. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with A BBA in Professional Accounting then worked as a CPA Special Agent in the Intelligence Division and later retired from the Internal Revenue Service. Arthur was a member of the Mount Vernon American Legion Post #141, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1376, the AMVETS Post #4, the Msgr. James P. Burke Council #2964, the Knights of Columbus where he was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus, the Blessed Virgin Assembly #1935, the Aladdin Knights of the Mystic Light, the Rushlight Club, the Illinois Police Association, and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Saint Mary Immaculate Conception Building Fund and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information and to send condolences.
Published on October 3, 2016
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