Ronald Duane Suitts, age 64, of Elgin, IL died suddenly in a car crash on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Ron was born on November 12, 1951 in Presque Isle, ME to Robert and Helen (McCartney) Suitts.

He grew up in the small town of Kingston, IL. As a college student, he backpacked and hitchhiked over 40,000 miles all over this world, and his experiences are documented in his book, “Lost on the Way.”

Ron graduated from the University of Illinois where he majored in language studies.  He earned master’s degrees in foreign languages, focusing on German.  He taught Spanish, French, and German at Larkin High School in Elgin for many years.

Ron was a natural and gifted teacher who shared his love of music and trivia with all of his students.  For over twenty years he led a successful student exchange program, with Larkin students traveling to Munich and German high school students hosted in Elgin. Many students benefited from this exciting opportunity, and they still credit Herr Suitts for their love of travel and languages.

Ron was a published author under the pen name of Ronald Dane. He loved his writing, his guitar, the Chicago White Sox, and Bernie Sanders. Ron would sing all day long, play his guitar whenever he could, ace the Tribune crossword puzzle, loved his coffee in the mornings, and a decent beer in the afternoon.

Ron will be so truly and sadly missed by his three children, Allison Suitts (Anthony Mikels) of Springfield, IL, Hayley Suitts of Los Alamos, NM, Evan Suitts of Elgin, IL, and his grand-dog, Beowulf. Ron’s children adored their father, and will forever honor him in their hearts.

He will also be greatly missed by his sisters, Sandra (Michael) Mettler of Eagle River, WI, Nancy Barbour of Las Vegas, NV, and his brother Elton (Brenda) Suitts of Dekalb, IL. He will also be missed by his nephews and nieces, Caroline, Erin, and Dustin, and their families, and by Kathy, Elaine, and Carole.

He was preceded in death by his beloved dog, Buddy.

Ron’s family will be forever grateful for the many loving messages and tributes from friends, former students, and colleagues that they receive during this sad time. Services for Herr Suitts were private.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in his memory. Arrangements have been entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 847-741-1128. www.symondsmadisonfuneralhome.com

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