Ronald L. Furlow, 85


Ronald Lee Furlow, 85, of Litchfield, died on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at 4:14 p.m. at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro. Funeral services will follow, beginning at 12 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Mike Plummer officiating. Burial will be held at Elm Lawn Cemetery in Hillsboro with military honors. Plummer Funeral Home in Litchfield is assisting the family.

Mr. Furlow was born March 5, 1937, in Christopher, to Earl Monroe and Neva Pauline (Mitchell) Furlow. He married Janice Marie Kirk, and they later divorced. He then married Florence Jane (Stockamp) Douglas on Sept. 26, 1981, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 13, 2018.

He served in the U.S. Navy during peacetime and went on to become a coal miner, working locally for Consolidated Coal Co. at the Coffeen mine and Eagle Zinc Co. in Hillsboro until his retirement.

Mr. Furlow was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro and the Litchfield Moose Lodge #1634. He enjoyed golfing, reading and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sons, Michael (Tina) Furlow of Jacksonville, Lance (Lisa) Furlow of Irving and Sean Furlow of Nokomis; daughter, Debra Ann King of Hillsboro; two stepdaughters, Debra Sue (Richard) West of Irving and Carol L. (Mike) Beiermann of Riverton; brother, Robert (Sue) Furlow of Christopher; two sisters, Pauline (Don) Scott and Wilma Jean Macari, both of Christopher; five grandchildren, Kaylee and Cody Furlow, Matthew (Brooke) Furlow, Christopher Furlow and Danielle Elmore; four stepgrandchildren, Amy Mesnard, Sara Batty, Jeremy Beiermann and Angela (Chris) Rogers; three great-grandchildren, Skye Cole and Hayden and Kirkland Elmore; and six step great-grandchildren Zachary and Sophie Mesnard, Alayna (Aaron) Hutchison, Avery Batty, Jasper Beiermann and Claire Jane Rogers.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Furlow was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Eugene Furlow.

Memorials may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church in Hillsboro. To light a candle or sign the online guestbook, visit