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Ronald P. Schilling, 89, died on July 6, 2017 at his home in Chuluota, Florida. Mr. Schilling was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Chaney Schilling and his brother, Jack Schilling. He leaves his daughter, Joan Schilling Harley, Chuluota, Florida, his son, Philip Ronald Schilling, Rochester, Minnesota, along with four grandchildren: Kelly Harley, Trent Harley, Abby Harley, and Audrey Schilling.
He was born and raised in Covington, Kentucky, by parents Philip and Margaret (Paschen) Schilling. He attended Blessed Sacrament Elementary School and graduated from St. Xavier High School in Downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Growing up, he worked in his father's drug store at 6th and Main Streets in downtown Covington. After graduating high school, he worked at Thomson Cadillac and, at 26, was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served in Fort Knox, Kentucky, as an instructor.
After completing his service in the Army, he and his wife moved to Homosassa, Florida where he lived for 50 years and raised his children. He worked for Norris Cattle Co., the owner of Riverside Villas and the Homosassa Springs Attraction. Ron was part of the team that developed the Homosassa area during the 1960s-70s.
He had a personality that was larger than life, was well respected, and was loved by all that knew him. He had a radio program that was aired for many years that gave the fishing report for the Homosassa area. His closing line to every program was, "If you are too busy to go fishing, you are just too busy."
He was an avid sportsman, and loved to fish and hunt. Ron lived for his yearly hunting trip to South Dakota with his friends. He took pride in everything he did and instilled that in all that were around him. "If you are going to do something, do it the right way or don't do it at all."(Ronald Schilling)
Ron was a Kentucky Colonel and served on the S.W. Florida Water Management District.
Funeral Services will be held at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Highland Cemetery, next to his wife, Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project. Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, Covington, is serving the family.
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