Ron Markwell, 81, died Nov. 1, 2017, in hospice in Delavan.

He was born Jan. 29, 1936, at home in Island, Ky. He started kindergarten in Detroit and graduated from Central City High School in Central City, Ky., in 1954.

Music and singing had always been important in his life. He sang in the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Savoyaires of the North Shore; and the Elkhorn Symphony Chorus. He and his brother, Don, sang in the Western Kentucky University choir and at State Street Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Ky.

Ron received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. His teaching career began in 1958 in Sacramento and Owensboro, Ky., and he retired in 1991 from Evanston Township High School, Evanston, Ill.

His second career was co-owner of Allyn Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Delavan from 1987 to 2007. The Allyn Mansion, purchased in 1984, was renovated to reflect its historical significance after eight years of renovation to return it to its original glory. It received numerous awards including the grand prize in the National Trust Great American Home Award in 1993.

Ron is survived by his sons, Howard (Nicole) of Portland, Ore.; Scott (Kirsten) of Skokie, Ill.; grandchildren Logan, Taylor, Acadia, Genevieve and Jack; nephews D.G., Brent, Roger and Greg, of Montgomery, Ala.; cousins; former wife, Francine; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Taylor and Elva Markwell; a twin brother, Don; and partner, Joe Johnson.

A celebration of life will be at the Allyn Mansion in the late spring or early summer of 2018.

Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family.



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