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"Captain" Ron R. VanHorn

February 23, 1947 ~ August 16, 2022 (age 75) 75 Years Old


“Captain” Ron VanHorn, age 75, Crystal Lake, IL

Ron passed away peacefully on August 16, 2022. He was cared for under guardianship by his son Darrell (Lori) VanHorn. He is survived by many family members and friends. Ron’s love of living on the Fox river for the past 40 years and entertaining friends on his boats was one of his greatest pleasures. He received his maritime Captain’s license achieving this as recognition by the US. Coast Guard of his expertise with varied watercrafts. He was a talented carpenter and a brilliant craftsman. His passion showed in his artistry of restoring antique wooden boats, winning numerous awards for his exceptional workmanship. The pride of his boat fleet was evident in the care of his 1954 Chris Craft “Casual Elegance”. He is best described as an “old soul” whose life was enriched through living each day to the fullest. He thoroughly enjoyed entertaining friends, working on new projects, and cruising through life on his own terms. He will forever be reunited with his best companion, his keeshond Moses. A special Thank You to his longtime friend Joanne Bennett for the love and companionship shown to Ron during this difficult journey. There will be no formal services as Ron wished for everyone to remember him by celebrating his life in their own special way.

A celebration of the Captain's life will be held on Saturday October 29th, 2022 from 12:00pm till 4:00pm at Moretti's in McHenry, Illinois.

Derrick Funeral Home of Lake Geneva is more then honored to be assisting the Captain's family.

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Celebration of Life
October 29, 2022

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
801 North River Road
McHenry, IL 60051


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