Ronald L. Flood, 67, of Orion, died Saturday, May 14, 2011. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 18, at Orion United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life visitation with family and friends was held prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, it is requested memorials be made to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, http://lionsofillinoisfoundation.org/donation. Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion, was in charge of arrangements.


Ronald L. Flood, 67, of Orion, died Saturday, May 14, 2011. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 18, at Orion United Methodist Church. A Celebration of Life visitation with family and friends was held prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, it is requested memorials be made to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, http://lionsofillinoisfoundation.org/donation. Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home, Ltd., Orion, was in charge of arrangements.

He was born Dec. 7, 1943, in Geneseo, the son of Chester and Hermina (Verheye) Flood of Osco. He was raised and schooled in Osco and Orion. He married Patricia Welvaert Dec. 26, 1964, in Geneseo. He was a Sunday school teacher for 10 years and a church youth group leader for eight years. He coached youth baseball and girls softball for over 20 years. He not only believed in teaching the game but teaching the kids to believe in themselves. He had served on various community committees and received the Keith L. Payne Orion’s Citizen of the Year award in 2002.

He joined the Orion Lions Club in 1989 and served in many of the offices and committees. He joined the district cabinet in 1992 and served in many capacities. He was elected to serve as District Governor in 1997 and served as vice council chairman from 1997-1998. In 2009, he was elected to serve as the District Trustee for the Lions of Illinois Foundation. He was elected to serve as president of the Foundation in 2012. Always giving, his donation wishes were honored through the Gift of Hope, organ and tissue donations. He worked in the communications industry most of his life, retiring in 2010 from Frontier Communications. He served as DMS 10 Chairman in 1995 and 1996 for Illinois, served as Frontiers facilitator for the Ethics and Values program in Illinois.?He also served on numerous committees for the industry both local and statewide and received the Frontier Communications Outstanding Achievement Award.

Survivors include his wife, Pat; his stepfather, Leonard Lindell; a son and spouse, Scott and Lori Flood of Cambridge; daughters and spouses, Lori and Jon Pohl of Moline and Chris and Doug Nelson of Moline; grandchildren, Kaila, Kristin, Nicholas, Jenny, Michael, Breann, Nathan, Jeremy, and Skylar, and great-grandchildren, Dominic, Owyn and Ellianna. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Flood and Hermina Lindell, and his grandparents.