Ronald T. "Ron" Gill

Born: Thu., Oct. 15, 1936
Died: Thu., Jun. 7, 2018


1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Jun. 16, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Jun. 16, 2018
Location: Shirley & Stout
Lincoln Road Chapel

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Ronald T. “Ron” Gill, 81, Kokomo, passed away at 11:11 pm Thursday June 7, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 15, 1936, in Chicago, IL, the son of the late William John Gill and Jessi Annella Smith. In Chicago on February 11, 1956, Ron married Lois Bystrom, who survives.

Ron graduated from Chicago’s Morgan Park High School. He went on to earn his BA degree in Business Administration from Valparaiso University. After 39 years of service at Delco Electronics Ron retired in 1997 as Vice President of Operations and Integrated Supply. Upon retirement, he founded the Renewal and Transformation Group (RTG, LLC)—a leadership and organization development consulting company.  

Ron participated in numerous organizations throughout his life including the Kokomo JayCee’s, Bonavista, YMCA, PAL football league, Kokomo Country Club, Howard Community Hospital Board of Directors, Singapore American Club, and Singapore American School Board of Governors. Ron was a faithful member of Grace United Methodist Church.  He was an avid golfer, a diehard republican, and he truly loved his family. 

Ron believed that charity started at home with family, church, and community. Along with his wife, Lois, Ron is also survived by his children, Laurie (Tim) Henninger, Kokomo, Scott Gill (Lora Veach Meyer), Indianapolis, Pamela Gill, Coatesville, and Stephen (Linda) Gill, Kokomo; grandchildren, JoAnna Rodriguez, Amy (Joe) Ellis, Timothy (Meghan) Henninger II, Sarah (Pete) Graham, Johnathan Gill, Grace (Zach) McNulty, and Cameron Gill, Andrew and Kelli Gill, and Nick Sottong; great-grandchildren, Carlos, Austin, and Dominic Rodriguez; William, Noah, and Charlotte Henninger; Logan Graham; and, Benjamin McNulty; siblings, William John (Phyllis) Gill Jr., Virginia Ruth (Jerry) Gill Smith, and Larry (Kitty) Gill, sister-in-law, Marilyn Gill along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Ron was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Dr. Kenneth Gill, Lilly Mae Gill Clark, Marion Gill Saunders, Thomas Arthur Gill, and Robert Gill; and daughter-in-law, Jamie Jo Gill.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Guardian Angels Hospice—especially Pam, Sherry, Carrie and Sarah. Also, a special gratitude to Drs. Hanna, Gupta, Groothuis, Hazelbaker, and Trauring.

Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1-3 pm at the funeral home, Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Shirley & Stout Funeral Home & Crematory, 1315 West Lincoln Road, Kokomo. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm at the funeral home following the visitation. Private burial will take place at Sunset Memory Garden at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s memory to the Simon Cancer Center; 535 Barnhill Dr., Indianapolis, IN. 46202 or a charity of your choosing. Messages of condolence may be left online at

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Max McNeal
   Posted Tue June 12, 2018
Ron was an inspiration to me. So much wisdom imparted to all who knew him. He will be missed by family, friends and others who's lives he touched. He departed this life having made it a better place for all who knew him.

   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
Ron is the first Managing Director of GM Singapore Private Ltd, in Singapore while I joined in 1980. His Care and Concern Philosophy enlightened me and help me stayed on for 33 years in the same company. My condolence to his family.

T.E Chian
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
Express our deepest condolences to you and your family, you will be missed by Ex-staffs and management of GM Singapore. May your soul rest in peace with the lord. Amen!

CHOO Howe Seong (Ron called me Seong)
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
My deepest condolences to Lois, Laurie, Scott & Steve on the passing of Ron, my boss in the first three years he was at GM Singapore ( I was his personal secretary). I have the fondest memories of of Ron and of working at GM during his tenure of office. Besides being MD of GM SIngapore, Ron was also Chairman of the American Business Council as well as the Singapore American School. He was tireless, was cool, calm and collected even at his most stressful periods at work. One of the lasting legacies Ron left behind is his brainchild- Care & Concern - weekly sessions he had with groups of employees, from production operators’ level to managerial. The sessions were to give voice to employees to share work-related issues especially in areas where improvements could be made to make GM a great place to work in. Ron was a demanding boss with a compassionate soul. He has touched the lives of many who have had the good fortune iof working with him. I count myself as one luckiest! Rest In Peace, Ron. Thanks for the memories. My prayers are with all of you - Lois, Laurie, Scott & Steve and your families. God Be With All Of You.

Ed & Ruth Ann Craig
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
We were so sad to here of Ron's passing. RT made a positive impact on the lives of many including me. He will be greatly missed. I’m sorry that Ruth Ann and I will not be able to attend the memorial service on Saturday because we are leaving for Italy tomorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Ronnie Wong
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Mindy Young
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
Ron, was always such a positive force and genuinely lovely person. He will be missed. Our hearts hurt for Lois and the family.

Tony Yeap
   Posted Wed June 13, 2018
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Ron 's family. Remembered fondly as a people's person who led by example. During his time at GMS, he set the bedrock for developing the leadership skills of the managers, for which I am eternally grateful to benefit from his tutelage. Goodbye, Ron, you will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Doris Tan
   Posted Thu June 14, 2018
My deepest sympathies and condolences to Ron 's Family. Ron's loving, care and concern philosophy during his tenure as the first MD in GM Singapore will remain in my memories. Goodbye, Ron, you will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

Linda Cheng
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
I am truly sad to hear the loss of Mr Ron Gill.It was tough for him to battle painful illness for years.Please accept my condolences.I will never forget his humble and gentle smile and his handsome looking face. RIP Ron. May Ron's family be strong to cope the lost of the loved one.

James Tay
   Posted Fri June 15, 2018
Sorry to hear of the sad news. My family and I send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Ron 's family. He will always be remembered as a good boss. While at GM in the 80's my interaction with Ron was minimal at my level. However, I have kept a special personal note from him that he has written to each of us who acted in a sketch that drew numerous response from the audience at our Annual Dinner & Dance. A big boss who remembers the small things that meant alot to his people. Many of us learned alot from the good leadership at GM, where we then take to the Companies that we ran in the later stage of our career.
We are thankful for Ron's leadership and will continue to have him in our prayers.