Ronald Anton Javornik Davenport Died on Monday, April 10th, 2017
10:00 am- 10:45 am Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 Koning Chapel atRidgecrest Village
9:00 am Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 Koning Chapel at Ridgecrest Village
Cemetery: National Cemetery
Ronald Anton Javornik, 93, of Davenport, IA lost his long battle with CMML Leukemia Monday afternoon, April 10, 2017 at his home. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday April 18th in the Koning Chapel at Ridgecrest Village, 4130 NW Blvd., Davenport. Fr. Jacob Greiner and Chaplain Sue Houseman will officiate. Per Ron’s wishes, cremation has been accorded.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 – 10:45 am. Private graveside services will be held at the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois, with military honors presented by the Davenport American Legion, Post # 26. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ridgecrest Village or Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, Davenport.
Ron was born in 1924 in Stockett, Montana to parents Elizabeth and Anton Javornik. He lived on the family farm before they moved to Great Falls, MT when he was eight years of age. He graduated from Great Falls High School in 1943 and entered the U.S. Army in June of that year. Ron attended New York University for nine months under the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) and then served with the 104th Timberwolf Infantry Division in the U.S. and European Theatres. He was wounded in action and was awarded a Purple Heart Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. After the Army, Ron attended the University of Great Falls. There he met the love of his life Beverly Pyatt. They were married August 3, 1948 at St. Ann’s Cathedral, Great Falls, MT, a union that lasted 68 years.
Ron was employed in Great Falls and Billings, MT in the Marketing Dept. of the Burlington Northern Railroad, a career that spanned 32 years. An accomplished musician, Ron played the accordion, piano, and guitar. He was a member of Holy Family Church (where he was a member of the Mens’ Choir), BN Employees Club, Traffic Club, Peak Health Club, BN Vets Assn., and the 104th Infantry Division Assn. Ron served as auditor for several years for the BN Credit Union; for a few years he played weekends and evenings in a western dance band, the Range Ramblers. Ron was an avid bicyclist whenever time and weather permitted. He biked many, many miles in both Great Falls and Billings. In later years Ron and Bev traveled extensively in Europe and Hawaii. They attended the 104th Infantry Reunions yearly. Their children and their families were Ron and Bev’s greatest pride and joy.
Survivors include his wife Beverly; daughters Jeanne (Scott) Belknap of Grand Rapids, MN , Michelle Javornik (Mike Wiseman) of Davenport, IA. and Joyce Javornik (Bob Arndt) of Cincinnati, OH; son Mark James (Emlyn Neuman) of Clayton, NC; seven grandchildren; seven nieces and five nephews. In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by sisters Frances, Elizabeth and Bertha; niece Sandra; and brothers Charles and Frank.
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