Ron Kassen was a remarkable man, and was "papa" to everyone he met. He was so full of love and wisdom, and always ready to share some with those in need. Those whose lives he touched will always remember his beautiful smile, and special way of making everyone he encountered feel loved. Whether you were the cashier at the grocery store or the waiter at a restaurant, he would refer to you as "my friend". He truly meant it.
Professionally, Ron was a manufacturer's representative and owned his own business. He lived by the motto, "the harder I work, the luckier I get." It proved true.
In his leisure time, Ron enjoyed stock trading, traveling, and eating ice cream. He was a voracious reader, and was always seeking new knowledge. Ron's passion for learning about the world only made it a better place. He was a hero-- in large ways and in small, and he did everything with zest, passion, and most importantly, love.
The wake will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2023 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Palos-Gaidas Funeral Home in Palos Hills, IL.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023 at Our Lady of the Woods Church in Orland Park, IL at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please help us to honor Ron's legacy of compassion and charity with donations to the Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, IL. https://www.pgm.org/donate/
Ronald Kassen was a remarkable man who touched the lives of many with his warmth, wisdom and laughter. He will be deeply missed, but his precious memory will live on within us forever. The world will forever be a brighter place because he was in it.
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