Ronald Stonebraker

ROCHELLE — Ronald “Stony” Stonebraker, 67, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Rockford. Stony was born Feb. 27, 1951 in Mt. Morris, the son of Russell and Carolyn (Abbott) Stonebraker. 

Stony has been a Rochelle resident since 1974. He worked as an ironworker for over 30 years through Local 63. Stony served as a City of Rochelle Fire and Police Commissioner for 15 years. He was an original member of the Rochelle Fire Department Dive Rescue Team. Stony helped the Jarvis family during planting and harvest season for over 15 years.  He dedicated many hours of service to the Rochelle community, providing his time and resources any way he could. 

Stony was an avid sports fan. He played in numerous Rochelle softball leagues when he was younger. He especially loved golf and football. 

Stony is survived by his children, Shane (Cassie) Stonebraker, Christy (Ryan) Russo, Maria (Joseph) Quast, and Racheal Cecchetti; five grandchildren, Reed Carter Stonebraker, Addison and Lylla Russo, and Kinley and Kolton Quast; two brothers, Jim and Jeff Stonebraker; Shane’s mother, Dottie Stafford; and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. 

Stony is preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. 6th St. in Rochelle. Cremation care will be provided after the visitation. Private interment will take place at a later date. 

A memorial has been established. 

Please visit to sign the online guest book. 


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