Ronald W Gebur

Ronald W Gebur

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DELAVAN, IL, US
U.S. Army
SPC, CO B, 1ST BN, 22D INF, 1 BCT (101 AA), FORT HOOD, TX
05/13/2006, BAGHDAD, IRAQ

Army Specialist Ronald Gebur was a superhero who chose to use his strength for good. He warmed people’s hearts and had this light in his eyes, his sister, Camille Gebur, wrote. He was a one-of-a-kind friend with a big heart, dependable and stood up for what he believed in, his best friend, Court Houston added.

Brandon Marmion, a friend said that he will remember Ron’s permanent smile and unselfish demeanor. “He’s someone you could count on.”

In 2008, third-graders at Prairieland Elementary School, Normal, IL.  have an idea of what Army personnel experience in Iraq thanks to the instruction of Ronald’s wife, Bethany Gebur and local Army recruiters. In addition, students know how to properly fold a flag and what prepackaged Army meals taste like.  “They are very engaged,” explained Bethany, an Army Sergeant and student teacher from Illinois State University who helped arrange this visit to offer students a lesson about military values.  Ronald Gebur’s was killed in Iraq in 2006. Bethany says “… this is about all soldiers,” pointing to a display that included his army helmets, an honor flag and his photo.

Bethany Gebur is teaching lessons about military life and serving selflessly in the Army and her community. She is also raising her young son and will be a teacher.

A friend wrote: In Remembrance of Specialist Ron W. Gebur

“There are moments in life when you wish you could bring someone down from Heaven…and spend the day with them just one more time, give them one more hug, kiss them goodbye or hear their voice again. One more chance to say I Love you.   Copy and paste in remembrance of our loved ones who are not here…gone but not forgotten.” August, 2011

And Bethany Gebur expressed her feelings with the song:  The Dance by Tony Arata

Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared ‘neath the stars alone
For a moment all the world was right
How could I have known that you’d ever say goodbye

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Holding you I held everything
For a moment wasn’t I a king
But if I’d only known how the king would fall
Hey who’s to say you know I might have changed it all

And now I’m glad I didn’t know
The way it all would end the way it all would go
Our lives are better left to chance I could have missed the pain
But I’d have had to miss the dance

Yes my life is better left to chance
I could have missed the pain but I’d have had to miss the dance

Ronald’s portrait is also on Poster 13

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