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Stanley Lee Ronnow


Stanley Lee Ronnow, 81, of Rotonda FL, known affectionately as "Stan the Man", passed away on February 28, 2024.  He was born on October 17, 1942, the son of Carl Frederick "Shorty" Ronnow and Margery Lee (Peterson) Ronnow in Pontiac, IL.


Upon graduating from Pontiac High School, class of 1960, he enlisted in the Navy, serving in the Pacific from 1960 - 1963, then attended Southern Illinois University.  Stan possessed a quick wit, unique sense of humor, and never met a person he didn't make an instant connection with. These admirable qualities allowed him to thrive in his chosen career of sales throughout his life.  


He was a devoted father, raising 3 children with their mother, Cathy Watkins, in Decatur, IL, attended their sporting events, and enjoyed memorable days on the lake; boating and teaching family and friends how to water ski.  


Following their move to Florida to semi-retire, Stan and his wife, Karen started their own company, Ronnow & Associates, which afforded him the luxury of making his own schedule to travel and play golf to his heart's content.  For many years, up until his death, he ran a league at the local golf course and enjoyed every aspect of it.  A recent trip to the Masters with his son, Brad, fulfilled his lifelong dream of attending the event in person.  


Stan will forever be remembered as a loving husband, father, Grandpa, and friend.  He is survived by his wife, Karen Ronnow of Florida; children, Kelly Ronnow of North Carolina, Brad (Diana) Ronnow, also of North Carolina, Jason (Rhonda) Ronnow of Tennessee, and Natasha (Garcia) Vazquez of New Jersey; 10 grandchildren, Mikayla, Miranda, Kylie, Madison, Hailee, Mollee, Nevaeh, Reagan, Josiah, and Hadassah; mother-in-law, Marge Probasco, sister-in-law, Linda Curtis, and niece, Rebecca (Bruce) Buffin.  


His parents and 3 siblings, Fred Ronnow, Marjann Androshie, and Carla Jo "CJ" (Ron) Houchins, as well as his brother-in-law, Ron Houchins and daughter-in-law, Angel Ronnow preceded him in death.  


The family would like to thank the medical professionals at Florida Cancer Specialists and Moffit Cancer Center for the excellent care and compassion given during his cancer journey.  


A private Celebration of Life will be held in Rotonda at a later date.  


Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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