Ronald Lee Estep, 1945-2020

Ronald Lee Estep, 75, of Jacksonville, Fla. passed away Sept. 10, 2020.

He was born Jan. 13, 1945 in South Bend, Ind. to Charles Dewey and Ella May (Tuley) Estep.  He graduated in 1963 from New Carlisle High School, New Carlisle, Ind.

He worked many years at American Home Foods in La Porte, Ind. and for over 30 years building and remodeling homes with his twin brother for ESTEP Construction in La Porte.

He married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Dee Stoneburner, in 1966.

Ron had a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He loved to fish and spend time in nature.  He loved animals, especially his pups and kitties. He was a master craftsman and built many beautiful pieces of furniture and participated in many arts and crafts festivals with Claudia.  His pieces were sent worldwide.

He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was loved by all with whom he came in contact.  He was a loving and devoted husband and father.

Survivors include his wife, Claudia; children, Rashelle Shelley (Charles) Spriggs of San Antonio, Tex., Shawn (Jennifer) Estep of Three Oaks, Mich., and Shane Estep of Wichita, Kan.;  twin brother, Donald (Frances) Estep of La Porte; sisters, Janet Hall of Michigan City, Ind. and Nancy (Elmer) Vogelsang of Newland, N.C.;  brother-in-law, Donald (Susan) Stoneburner of New Buffalo, Mich.;  grandchildren, Heather (Travis) Blanton of Frisco, Tex., Nathan Spriggs of Corpus Christi, Tex.,  Ashley (Brandon) Estep-Cheung, serving in the U.S. Navy,  Sasebo, Japan, Emily Estep of Hawaii, and Abigail Estep of Wichita, Kan.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Mary Jane (Fred) Currey, Priscilla (Rich) Alexander, Carolyn (Gary) Wright, Kenneth Hall and Charlene (Felipe) Stoneburner Postigo.

A memorial Service will be held in La Porte in the spring of 2021.

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Ave., La Porte, is handling the arrangements.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

12 Responses to “Ronald Lee Estep, 1945-2020”

  1. George Bigg

    Sep 14. 2020

    Don, very sorry for your loss. He was a very nice man.

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    • Don

      Sep 14. 2020

      George, Thank you for remembering my Brother.

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      • Nancy Minich

        Sep 15. 2020

        I was fortunate to have met Ron on several occasions after I married John. What a beautiful person he was! Don, my heart goes out to you and your family. Please know that Ron is in a good place with God.

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        • Don

          Sep 16. 2020

          Nancy, Thank you so much for remembering Ron as I bet you have heard many stories.

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  2. Mr. Pat

    Sep 14. 2020

    Don and family.
    I did not know your brother or that you had a twin. I express my sympathy for the whole Estep family. May God Bless all of you.

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    • Don

      Sep 14. 2020

      So kind of you to express your sympathy.

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      • Bruce Parker

        Sep 19. 2020

        So sorry for your loss. You and your brother were always so gracious and friendly. Your construction was impeccable. We just repainted our kitchen and people still complement your work.
        We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

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  3. Don

    Sep 14. 2020

    Ron was the best brother one could ever have. I miss him dearly. We worked, we laughed, and we cried together. Ron was such a good man and a joy to be around. I rejoice in knowing he is at peace now. Love and miss you, Bro.

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    • Kim

      Sep 16. 2020

      Uncle Ron was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I’ve ever known. Truly. He was also an amazing craftsman, a true woodworking artisan who paid meticulous attention to detail. Rest In Peace.

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  4. Frances

    Sep 15. 2020

    You will be immensely missed, Ronnie. So many loving memories of you flood my mind. I was so blessed having you in my life.

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  5. John Minich

    Sep 15. 2020

    I’m a better man having knowing Ron. All the fun times working together .I’ll miss you dearly. Rest in peace.

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    • Don

      Sep 16. 2020

      John, Ron and I would would laugh and laugh when we would remember our working days together. Many stories and great memories- you guys would always find something to laugh about.

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