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Ronald Wayne Canterbury

d. November 1, 2019

Ronald Wayne Canterbury, age 66 of Athens, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. 

Ron was born on June 17, 1953 in Springfield, Illinois, the son of Wayne and Louise Canterbury.  He married Jan Meinders on January 14, 1977 in Springfield.

He is survived by his wife Jan; daughters, Melissa (Aaron) Dinardo of Athens and Rachael (Adam Evers) Canterbury of Springfield; siblings, Barb Canterbury of Kenosha, WI, Cindy (Stacy) Popejoy of Lincoln, IL, and Jeff (Lori) Canterbury of Petersburg; grandsons, Tanner Dinardo, Anthony Danner, Gabriel Tipsword, and Rowan Tipsword; father and mother-in-law, Jerry and Kay Meinders of Greenview; and several nieces and nephews.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents.

He attended Christian Elementary in Springfield and Athens High School.

Ron was the owner of Canterbury Home Repair, an Auctioneer, and Seed Specialist for Canterbury Hybrid, LLC Golden Harvest.

He served for the Athens City Council as an Alderman for many years. 

He was a member and Deacon at Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman.  Ron also  volunteered for the IBSA Disaster Relief and traveled to numerous states to help those needing hurricane and flooding relief. 

He cooked for numerous people in several organizations, including Inner City Mission,  Little Galilee Christian Camp, Big Country Catering, and the Living Faith Baptist Church.

Ron loved to cook, enjoyed woodworking, and was former member of Vintage Times Street Rods.  

Visitation for Ron will be held at Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 6 at 10:00 AM with Pastor Adam Cruse officiating. Burial will be at Indian Point Cemetery, near Athens after the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Living Faith Baptist Church in Sherman.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family.


  1. Sorry to hear about Ron Canterbury passing.

  2. I was so sorry to hear of your loss! I am praying for your family.

  3. To the Jeff Canterbury family and the Kristen Evans family, I am so sorry for your loss. Know that each and everyone of you are in my thoughts and prayers

  4. To Jan and Jeff and families: My sincere sympathy on Ron’s passing. He will be greatly missed, and I will continue to pray for your comfort during this sad and difficult time.

  5. Our deepest condolences to the whole Canterbury family. May God give you comfort at this time. Ron will be missed by so many. We are sending a lot of love and prayers to you all.

  6. Ron was a great man, father, and husband. Anyone who knew Ron was blessed and knew they were in the presence of a great man. His love for his family and fellow man was astounding. Ron will be missed by the entire city of Athens.

  7. This kind sole always made me smile and put warmth in my heart. I am so glad that I hugged him the last time I saw him. He was so enjoyable to be around. Oh, and the stories! Many times he would get me to laughing so hard, I had to stop to be able to breathe. What a joy he was. I just know he is up there entertaining all. I only have good memories of him. He would come to my aid with his handyman skills, but he always brought more with his wit, humor, and his Christian love of life.

    My deepest deepest sympathies.

  8. Jan, Rachel & Melissa,

    I’m very sorry to hear about the loss of your husband & father. I just saw Ron at my grandfathers funeral not long ago. My family will be praying for comfort & healing during this difficult time.

    Jenni (Richardson) Reagan

  9. To all the Canterbury family .so very sorry to hear the news of the passing of thoughts and prayers are with you all .will miss running into him from time to time.always a friendly handshake and smile and polite conversation .he will be missed by all that knew him.

  10. Jan and Family,

    I was so sad to hear of Ron’s passing. I first met Ron in the late 60’s/early 70’s. He was an absolute pleasure to know. His laugh was infectious and I always left his company feeling better than I had before. Please know that Cathy and I send our thoughts and prayers to you and all of Ron’s loved ones. He was one of the good guys and he will be sorely missed.

  11. So sorry to hear about Ron. Prayers for all of the Canterbury’s at this time. Had alot of good memories over the years with Ron. God Bless you all!

  12. Jan and Family

    We are so sorry to hear about your loss.
    Ron was a great person and a gentlemen.
    Our prayers are with you and Family.

  13. Jan and all of the Canterbury Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of this wonderful Friend, a husband, a father, a brother, and I’m sure Friend and Relative to many others. I loved serving along side of Ron as a Deacon, on disaster relief, and church member. I know Ron loved serving his Lord.

  14. We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Was stunned and saddened to learn of Ron’s passing. I had spoken with him recently and he sounded so happy. But then, he always did. To Ron, life was to be enjoyed and people respected. Over the years he helped me with many projects and always struck me as someone who embraced life to its fullest, this especially evident when the subject of cooking came up. Once I gave him my recipe for Italian pesto and he acted as if I had just handed him a winning lottery ticket. Ron was a very special person who will be sorely missed by many. My sincere condolences to his family.

  16. All of my memories of Ron are of a kind and gentle soul. He always had a positive outlook no matter what life brought him.
    My deepest condolences to his family. We will all miss him. Heaven is a little richer now.

  17. Jan, Melissa and Rachael, I was saddened by the news of Ron’s passing. I pray God gives you comfort for this very difficult time. Please except my deepest sympathy.

  18. Jan, what a shock. I was just talking with you about your family. SO sorry to hear this. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ♡

  19. Ron always had an encouraging word to say, a story to share, and a handshake that was authentic and true. I ran into him recently and spent a good 15 minutes enjoying our conversation. He was a great guy. Always helping others. Godspeed, my friend.

  20. Jan and Family, I’m so sorry about the loss of Ron, he was a sweet guy……I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

  21. Jan, Dan and I were saddened to hear of Ron’s passing. We have fond memories of the family reunion spent with you both. Ron’s generosity and love of cooking will always be remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  22. Jan and all family, I am so very saddened to hear of the loss of Ron!! He has always been so joyful, kind, loving, and very sweet! A cousin that I will always remember fondly and look forward to seeing in Heaven! He will be greatly missed here! Know that all of you are in our prayers. May The Lord comfort you all during this time! ❤️

  23. We were shocked to hear of Ron’s passing. He always had a positive attitude. So glad we talked with him at this year Athens High School Reunion. Please accept our condolences.

  24. Just heard. So sad. Sorrry for your loss.
    What a nice gentleman he was. Very, very nice guy.
    With his talent.
    God our father has work for him.
    To prepare us a place in Heaven.
    May God give u peace through these days and years ahead.

  25. Jan, Melissa and Rachael,
    I was shocked to hear of Ron’s death. Such a wonderful man who helped me with house repairs from time to time. He always had a smile on his face and story in his back pocket. He even gave me recipes one time!
    I’m sorry I couldn’t come to the visitation as I surely would have if I hadn’t been sick.
    God be with you all.

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