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Ron's Memorial Fund for Jon and their child, LJ

$4,925 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 15 months
Created January 30, 2018
I first met Ron about a decade ago. He was a big strong bear of a man with a Harley Davidson truck and the love of my best friend, Jon.

He had such an amazing effect on Jon, who had suffered from terrible depression since childhood. Ron pulled Jon up and held him high. Together, they built a life together that was the envy of all those around around them (or maybe that was just me).  They had just recently adopted a child... a miracle in Jon's mind, elevating him to a status of fatherhood that he had believed was ever beyond him.

Ron Gillies had brought so much into his life. Young Jon Mittlesdorf would never have recognized the older Jon Mittlesdorf and for that alone I would have given everything I have to give to Ron.

Ron inspired everyone. His children. Strangers. I have never heard an unkind thing about Ron and if I was a lesser person, I would have been jealous.

But Ron, was only mortal. His scarred hands, marred further by inept surgical operations, was a testement to that. He suffered from diabetes and he was careful about that. But his heart was so big, so strong so giving, that no one ever thought that it might fail.

Yet, on Sunday night, Jan 28th, that is exactly what happened and  we are devastated by the loss.

Neither Ron nor Jon had significant funds set aside for emergencies. There was no life insurance, although there was an appointed this week to sign the papers.

It's an all too common situation these days, but we are looking to fund the funeral and any incidental  issues so that Jon and their son can contrate on healing from this awful loss.

Please help me help my friends.

If you need encouragement and you're a fan of my written work, I'll send you a few copy of a recent, unpublished story of mine as a thank you. Just drop me a line at Greyflank *at* Gmail *dot* com and I'll reply with the story.

If can not donate at this time, please repost and share this humble plea. Thank you.

-Bill Kieffer
aka Greyflank
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At the request of Ron's family, I've updated the name of this GFM from the original "Ron's Funeral Expenses" as Ronnie and others paid the bulk of the funeral expenses directly to the funeral parlor. The intent of this fund raiser was always intended to help Jon get through this loss, to help with whatever Jon needed... and not exclusively the funeral.

Between my posts on Facebook and Twitter I think I'd been clear... but I never considered that it might be hurtful to Ron's children to see the ask when the direct funeral costs were all covered. Never my intention, hence the name change.
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HI All! We are nearing our target amount. The last few dollars are going to cover some over due car payments due to Jons medical problems this fall. without your help, Jon will lose his only transportation... and, as you can imagine, that would negatively impact every aspect of Jon and his son's life.
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Hi, many of you know Jon directly but for those of you who do not, I just wanted to update you that Jon's son has officially his son. All the adoption paperwork is complete and things are looking rosy.

The only drawback is that Jon just spent a week in the hospital tracking down some issues. His insurance is covering most of this, but, of course there are deductibles. A small donation towards the outstanding funeral costs will help alleviate some financial woes.

Thank you all and Happy Holidays !
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Jon and his son are now in a decent apartment, and the life of a single dad is a role he's embracing, but there's a few more things that need to paid off. If you could share and help, I'd appreciate it!
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Raised by 69 people in 15 months
Created January 30, 2018
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