Ronald John Huster, 64, passed away after a prolonged battle with COVID and cancer at 4 p.m. on April 21, 2022. He was a man who went out of this world listening to Jimmy Buffett. There, like a gem, is almost everything you need to know and appreciate about him.
Ron Huster was a guy who found it important to slow down and enjoy time with the ones he loved. Ron cherished his wife Cindy, who passed away unexpectedly in 2016. They were high school sweethearts, she his cheerleader and he a varsity baseball catcher being scoped out by the Cincinnati Reds until injury pushed him into a beloved new sport: golf, which he played competitively at Elmhurst College. Ron and Cindy welcomed a beautiful daughter Lauren into the world in 1985, and they also were devoted pet parents to three dogs: Divot and Ralph, RIP, and Bogey, who endures.
Ron enjoyed good company. He laughed the most while golfing, and he spent many a Saturday walking the Old Wayne course in a four with his father Joseph and brothers Kenneth and Thomas. Ron also loved grilling for the family at home, his specialty being bacon-wrapped mango chicken. But he liked his steaks most at steakhouses—his favorite being the Elcona Country Club in Bristol, Indiana, where Ron served as Club President. The Club actually had a special call-order for the way Ron preferred his meat: “Huster Rare.”
Ron Huster was no Puritan. He drove Beamers and eventually got his dream car: a 2018 BMW M4, which he took on joyrides. A man who earned his pilot’s license and, for a time, owned a single-engine aircraft, he preferred the perks of flying private. Ron enjoyed fine Cuban cigars, but he got a bigger kick out of gifting them to cigar newbies. He drank Beefeater Gin on the rocks with a cocktail onion, which he mixed as a sacred ritual. Loving golf and flying and steak and cigars, you could imagine that Ron was tailormade to be a businessman. And indeed, he excelled as an operations manager for Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Co. in his 20+ years of service. Beloved at work, Ron led with fair conduct and clear expectations, and his favorite sort of deal was one completed with a handshake on the golf course.
A man of refined taste, Ron loved picking up the check and Jimmy Buffett-style spreading life’s bounty. He was a prolific sharer of good times, tee times and eventually, as a grandfather, playtimes—a trait that continues in his beloved granddaughters Riley, 5, and Remi, 1. An underappreciated and sensitive writer, Ron idolized the horror author H.P. Lovecraft. Ron’s best fictional story, entitled “Cantera,” was about a mine inspector tempted by a captain of industry named Stavros Cantera into the depths of a stone quarry, where the gods of greed examined that inspector but found him unworthy.
Above all, Ron Huster was a man with the strength to see and forgive the imperfections in others so as to see and forgive the imperfections in himself. He rarely expressed bitterness, despite loss and disappointment. He did not set a standard higher than anyone might possibly reach and because he did not, he could freely accept and cherish other human beings; that was his “hole in one,” his finest swing. Late in life as a widower, Ron found love a second time with a cosmetician and superb home chef named Carol Preston. They became engaged in November 2021, but Ron tragically passed before they could marry.
Ron tasted his “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Just like his hero Jimmy Buffett, “He Went to Paris,” looked at 40 as the son of a son of a sailor and, come Monday, found his lost shaker of salt. For 64 years, he fiercely protected and provided for his family. Defying medical odds with his immune system depleted, Ron fought non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and COVID simultaneously for more than six months. In the end, he did not lose his final battle so much as he surrendered to God.
Ronald John Huster, born August 22, 1957 and perished April 21, 2022, leaves behind a large extended family. He was predeceased by beloved wife Cynthia Huster; mother Mary Ann Huster; sister Patricia Sebby; and dogs Divot and Ralph. He is survived by beloved daughter Lauren Fieseler and son-in-law William Fieseler; granddaughters Riley Fieseler and Remi Fieseler; father Joseph Huster; fiancé Carol Preston; brothers Kenneth Huster and Thomas Huster; sisters-in-law Gail Huster and Susan Huster; nephews Eric Huster, Mitchell Miner, Aaron Sebby and Richard Sebby; nieces Abagail Gair, Jayme Huster, Jayni Huster, Stephanie McCarthy, Amanda Swetich and Laurel Miner Swetich; and dog Bogey.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, April 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Hartzler-Gutermuth funeral home in Elkhart, Indiana, with a service at 4 p.m. Afterwards, the bereaved are invited to enjoy heavy appetizers and light cocktails at the fireside room of the Elcona Country Club, where Ron enjoyed many a “Huster Rare” steak and Beefeater Gin on the rocks.