Ronald Lee Nodruff “Ronnie”

August 22, 1953 - October 14, 2019

Ronald Lee Nodruff, “Ronnie”, 66, a resident of Matlacha, FL since 2015, formerly of Montgomery, IL, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born August 22, 1953 in Aurora, IL to Clyde and Joyce Nodruff, now deceased.

Ronald was of the Christian faith. He was a wonderful husband and father, always putting his family ahead of himself. He was a union electrician, retired from IBEW #461 of Aurora, IL. Prior to that, he was employed by Fermilab. He enjoyed and spent most of his time boating and fishing, as well as attending and watching Indy Car racing with his best friend and wife, Tammy. He will always be remembered by his friends and family as a kind and generous man, always waking up each day to love another day of life. His enthusiasm and carefree attitude were contagious.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Tammy Nodruff of Matlacha; two loving children, Alison Eder (Yuval) of New York, NY, and Ashley Nodruff (Luke Savage) of Chicago, IL; his special canine buddy, Bigly; sister, Melinda Waid (Michael) of Aurora, IL; as well as a very large and loving extended family in Illinois and Florida.

No formal services are planned at this time. Celebrations of life for him will be held locally in Florida and Illinois at later dates.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Sandy Oct 30, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    Thoughts, prayers and hugs. So very sorry for the loss off your partner and friend.

  2. Dan Hellberg Oct 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Rest In Peace Ronnie.
    We had a lot of good times over the years.
    Go with God my friend.

  3. Susan Lee Kish Oct 30, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Ronnie, we had a great phone conversation last January when I was on my to Miami. You couldnt meet up with Paula and me but at least we had a couple laughs and memories by phone. So great to talk with you, after all those years. Ill never forget you and your Austin-Healy so long ago when we were all young. Love the pictures posted of you and sorry you had to go. Rest in Peace dance like no one is watching.

  4. Debbie Morrick Oct 30, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Tammy and family our thoughts and prayers are with you and family 🙏❤️

  5. Kyle Pini Oct 30, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    You’re missed greatly Ron! My love and prayers go out to Tammy, Alison, Ashley, and all family and friends.

  6. Allie Triggs Oct 30, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    I think if you looked up carefree in the dictionary you might see Rons smiling face! We will forever speak of Ron with smiles on our own faces. What a character and fun guy to have as a neighbor and to call a friend. Its Rons love of life that makes his passing tough, but at least we know he left quite a mark on this earth! Continued prayers for Tammy, Allie and Ashley.

  7. Al Olso Oct 30, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    My condolences to you Tammy..

  8. Jim Sabin Oct 31, 2019 at 4:57 am

    It’s really hard putting into words how a friend you’ve shared a zillion smiles with can be condensed into a few sentences when they are no longer with us. Wouldn’t trade a day hanging out with Nod for all the tea in the world. We worked together building pools for 4 years…… we lived together on Church Road for three years, we shared a thousand meals together, we went to a hundred rock concerts together, and shared the “best of our 20’s” learning about life together….scared the shit out of Nod every time he climbed on the back of my Kawasaki…..but our finest caper, was when we went to Mexico in 1987. We went cave diving in the mornings, went exploring Mayan ruins every afternoon, and went on night dives out in the ocean at night.. No one can ever take away how cool that journey was for both of us !!! Nod met the ‘girl of his dreams’ and didn’t I see a whole lot of him after that, but that’s the way of the world isn’t it ??? Still Tammy…..I know he loved you to the moon and back,….. and that’s the best any of us can ask for !!! . Just know that you meant the world to my friend that you stole from me Tammy !!!….Ha Ha…..and I wouldn’t want it any other way !!! That’s how it’s supposed to work. Just happy for the time we had together, as I’m certain you are too. Stay cool Tammy… We’ll all be together soon enough forever. Love you !!!

  9. Cindy Westphal Oct 31, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Such a wonderful tribute to your husband. Tammy you and the girls continue to be in my prayers! You believe Ron is watching over you all. ❤️🙏🏻
    Cindy Westphal

  10. Dawn Pedersen Nov 1, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Thank you Ron for always being so good to my daughter, Amber, and for always treating her like family over the years. It means a lot. You will be truly missed. Tammy, you and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Patty Smith Nov 1, 2019 at 9:09 am

    Having just met you, I really didn’t know him except for the wonderful stories of how much love and fun the two of you shared! Know the us “Island girls” are here for anything you may need going forward and may just drag you out for things you don”t even need! God bless you girlie!

  12. Jeffrey Gordon Aug 25, 2021 at 10:05 am

    I heard a song from the Supergroup of the 80’s, Asia, and thought of Ron. So sorry to hear of his passing. I worked with him on the CDF project at Fermilab in the mid 80’s. We had a blast and always listened to rock and roll. RIP Ron. My condolences to his family. Sorry this is a couple of years old but I now live in New Mexico, since 1993.

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