Ronald E. “Bo” Weavel, 72 of Rockton, IL died at 8:50 am Monday December 31, 2012 in Beloit Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born September 25, 1940 in Indianapolis, IN. Bunny married the former Carolyn A. Tucka in North Chicago, IL on August 14, 1965. Ronald graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Management in 1991. \r\r\n\r\r\n He worked as the Fire Chief for Rockton Fire Protection District retiring in January of 2009. He has also worked for Resource One, Inc. in Rockford, IL; City of Watertown, Wisconsin as Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Gov.; City of Rockford, Illinois fire Dept; Illinois Fire Service Institute University of Illinois Champaign, IL; City of Beloit, Wisconsin Fire Department; City of Lake Forest, Illinois Fire Department; Great Naval Station Fire Department in Great Lakes, IL. \r\r\n\r\r\n Ronald was also active on many boards: Rock Valley College Fire Science Program, Stateline Fallen Firefighters, Illinois Firefighters Association and Foundation, Southern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association, National Fire Protection Association, Illinois; International Fire/Arson Investigators, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Illinois and Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Associations, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) since 1982 when elected Charter Secretary of the newly formed Division Eight and then elected Vice President; he served as Chief of Task Force Eight at the Utica, IL tornado of 2004 where he received a Humanitarian award for services rendered from MABAS and Illinois Fire Chief Association. In 2005 he was a task force chief during the tornado in Stoughton, WI and this was a driving force in the establishment of Division Eight’s Regional Fire Academy. \r\r\n\r\r\n Chief Weavel’s job statement is “The fire service is the best dam job in the world!” \r\r\n\r\r\n Ronald served in the U. S. Navy with overseas duty in the far East aboard the USS Henrico APA-45 with the 7\r\r\n\r\r\nth\r\r\n\r\r\n Fleet. Member of St. Peter Catholic Church in South Beloit, IL. Ronald was active with many civic and village boards in the towns in which he lived. \r\r\n\r\r\n The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to family, friends and the brotherhood of fireman for all their help, prayers and support. \r\r\n\r\r\n Survivors include: wife Carolyn of Rockton, IL; sons Ronald E. (Julie) Weavel, Jr. of Pleasant Prairie, WI, Brian Paul (Stacy) Weavel of Winnebago, IL, Eric Scott Weavel of Newark, WI; grandchildren that are his pride and joy Alec and Evan Weavel; brothers Frank (Susan) Lee, Paul (Diane) Lee, Mark (Marcella) Lee; Aunt Annette Hamilton and her family; Mother in law Genevieve Tucka of Winnebago, IL; brother in law John Tucka, very special brother in law James Tucka; numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by Special aunt and uncle that were like a mother and father Elizabeth and Joseph Lee, sister Stephanie Gorman, father in law John Tucka Jr. \r\r\n\r\r\n Prayers will be at 10:00 am Monday January 7, 2013 in McCorkle Funeral Home 767 N Blackhawk Blvd Rockton , IL and the Funeral Mass to be held at 11:00 am Monday January 7, 2013 in St. Peter Catholic Church 620 Blackhawk Blvd. South Beloit, IL with Father Steven M. Sabo officiating. Burial will be in Rockton Township Cemetery in Rockton, IL. A visitation will be held in the funeral home from 1:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday January 6, 2013. \r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Rockton Volunteer Firefighter Association 201 North Blackhawk Blvd POB 349 Rockton IL 61072.