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OBITUARIES:  (published July 27, 2017)

Ronald MacArtney
  
Ronald MacArtney of Hinsdale died July 22, 2017, at Brookdale Senior Living.
Ron, 81, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1935. He came to the U.S. at age 17 to finish high school and attend Yale University, from which he graduated in 1958.
   He traveled extensively with his family as part of international marketing duties for pharmaceutical companies before settling in Hinsdale. He then worked for many years as a real estate agent until his retirement. Ron still kept busy as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program and writing his memoirs for his family.
   Ron is survived by his wife, Sandra, nee Lind; his children, Douglas (Ann), Lisa (Bird) and David (Jennifer); his seven grandchildren; his seven great-grandchildren; his brother, Ken (Sondy); and many nieces and nephews.
   Visitation will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. All are invited to a reception afterward.
   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org; Adventist St. Thomas Hospice at P.O. Box 130, Hinsdale, IL 60522-0130; or Hinsdale United Methodist Church, 945 S. Garfield Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521, Attn: financial secretary.

John E. Swanson
  
John E. “Swanny” Swanson, loving husband, proud father and devoted grandfather, died Friday, July 21, 2017, after a valiant battle with ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
   John, 76, was a 38-year resident of Hinsdale.
   He was born in 1941, the son of Edward and Elsie Swanson, and grew up in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. John entered the U.S. Navy in June 1961 and served on the supercarrier USS Kitty Hawk. Upon completing his service, John returned to Chicago where he joined Metron Steel Corp. and began an amazingly successful 43-year career in the steel industry. Recognizing his leadership skills and talent for sales, John was promoted to positions of increasingly greater responsibility until becoming the general manager.    In subsequent years, John led Metron through a series of mergers until he retired in 2005.
   John loved being with his buddies. And he loved the parties, sports and social gatherings that would connect him to his family and many friends. He was an avid golfer and, in his earlier years, a sailor, having crewed on yachts competing in the race to Mackinac Island and the Tri-State Regatta. He loved joining his friends for golf at La Grange County Club, where he was a member for 43 years and of which he served as president in 2006.  He loved being with friends and family at his home in Long Beach, Ind., and during the winters that he and Rosemary would enjoy in Marco Island, Fla.
   John donated his body to medical research to find a cure for ALS.
   He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rosemary, nee Keldon; his three daughters: Linda (Mike) Bishop, Kristen (Al) Evenhouse and Karin (Chris Reising) Swanson; his five grandchildren, Lauren Bishop, Michael and Alex Evenhouse, and Cailin and Morgan Reising; his brothers, Bob (Pat) Swanson and Todd Swanson; his sisters, Kate (Tom) Fuller and Mary (Charles) Wesley; his nephews, Robert and Mark (Dawn) Swanson; and his niece, Sarah Wesley.
   Visitation will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday, July 28, in the Unity Hall of St. Francis Xavier Church, 124 N. Spring Ave., La Grange.
   A funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. at the church.
   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Les Turner ALS Association, 5550 W. Touhy Ave., Suite 302, Skokie, IL 60077.


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