Ronald Lee Estep

Ronald Lee Estep, 75, of Jacksonville, FL passed away on September 10, 2020.  He was born in South Bend, IN on January 13, 1945, to Charles Dewey and Ella May (Tuley) Estep.  He graduated in 1963 from New Carlisle High School, IN.


He worked may years at American Home Foods in Laporte IN and for over 30 years building and remodeling homes with his twin brother for ESTEP Construction in Laporte, IN.

He married his high school sweetheart, Claudia Dee Stoneburner in 1966.  

Ron had a strong relationship with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He loved to fish and spend time in nature.  He loved animals, especially his pups and kitties. He was a master craftsman and built many beautiful pieces of furniture and participated in many Arts and Crafts Festivals with Claudia.  His pieces were sent worldwide.


He will always be remembered as a kind and gentle man who was loved by all he came in contact with.  He was a loving and devoted husband and father.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, and brothers and sisters-in-law: Mary Jane (Fred) Currey, Priscilla (Rich) Alexander, Carolyn (Gary) Wright, Kenneth Hall, and Charlene (Felipe) Stoneburner Postigo.


He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Claudia; and children, Rashelle Shelley (Charles) Spriggs of San Antonio, TX, Shawn (Jennifer) Estep of Three Oaks, MI, Shane Estep of Wichita, KS;  twin brother, Donald (Frances) Estep of Laporte, IN; sisters, Janet Hall of Michigan City and Nancy (Elmer) Vogelsang of Newland, NC;  brother-in-law, Donald (Susan) Stoneburner of New Buffalo, MI;  grandchildren, Heather (Travis) Blanton of Frisco, TX, Nathan Spriggs of Corpus Christi, TX,  Ashley (Brandon) Estep-Cheung serving in the US Navy,  Sasebo Japan, Emily Estep of Hawaii, and Abigail Estep of Wichita, KS; along with many loving nieces and nephews.  


A Memorial Service will be held in LaPorte, Indiana in the spring of 2021.


Arrangements have been entrusted to, Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana.


In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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