Ronald Pierre Cheffer

Ronald Pierre Cheffer

December 24, 1951 – December 20, 2023

Ron Cheffer, 71, passed away on Wednesday morning in Omaha, NE. Ron was born and raised in Kankakee, IL. He attended Bishop McNamara High School class of 1970 and graduated from Lewis University thereafter. He then moved to Chicago and worked downtown at Harris Bank, where he met his wife, Betty, who he married in 1981. In 1985, he and his family moved to Omaha, NE, where he worked at Commercial Federal Bank for the majority of his professional career. In his spare time, Ron enjoyed morning drives with his classic British car group, watching Chicago Cub games, playing Jeopardy, and reading countless books from his local library. In the last years of his life, Ron enjoyed working part-time at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School, where his children had once attended.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” (Kroll); three children and two sons-in-law: Alina (Byron) Borkowski, Amari (Will) Thomsen, Ricky Cheffer; two brothers, Jim Cheffer of Bradley, IL, Marc (Vicki) Cheffer of Streator, IL; nieces: Stacey (Jim) Larson, Tina (Troy) Payne, Jayne Jarigese, and Mary Cheffer; granddaughter, Odette; many other nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews. Preceding Ron in death were his parents, Paul and Colette (Fritz); and his sister-in-law, Monica Cheffer.

Visitation will be on Saturday, December 23rd, 2023, at Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home from 10am to 12pm, followed by a Rosary Vigil. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.


  • Tom Perkins Posted December 21, 2023 4:01 pm

    My condolences and prayers for the family during this sad time. God bless you all.

  • Dave Ciaccio Posted December 21, 2023 5:18 pm

    My best friend of 53 years is gone. I miss him already.

  • Kyle and Ruth Albrecht Posted December 21, 2023 7:17 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Words cannot explain how saddened we are.praying for all of you

  • Kyle and Ruth Albrecht Posted December 21, 2023 7:24 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. Ron was the best. Praying for all of you

  • John & Sue Kroll Posted December 21, 2023 8:06 pm

    Already miss his sense of humor & his frequent laugh…..we’ll see him again I’m sure…His spirit shall live eternally within us…God Bless Him….

  • Jay Fluehr Posted December 21, 2023 8:57 pm

    I was fortunate to be one of Ron’s old British car Saturday morning drive group. I’ll sure miss Ron. It was a privilege to have known him. May God rest his soul.

  • Jim Ciaccio Posted December 21, 2023 10:25 pm

    Ron, my brother Dave and I, and some other friends had many memorable times in the early 70″s in our hometown of Kankakee, Illinois. I will always remember Ron’s sense of humor and big smile. RIP Ron.

  • Barb Harris Posted December 22, 2023 8:18 am

    So many shenanigans, book discussions, and rides in the MG. We will miss him dearly. Who will go an hour early to save our seats?

  • O J spooner Posted December 22, 2023 8:49 am

    Ron hired me at Commercial Federal and we had stayed in touch over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Rick Pratt Posted December 22, 2023 9:00 am

    Thoughts and prayers to the family during this difficult time. Ron was a good man, a terrific coworker and friend.

  • Mary Bunce Fain Posted December 22, 2023 1:08 pm

    My deepest sympathies on your loss. May Ron rest in peace.

  • John Morris Posted December 22, 2023 2:16 pm

    It was my pleasure to work with Ron at Commercial Federal. He was well respected by all who knew him. My sincere condolences to the family.

  • Susan Unger Posted December 22, 2023 2:57 pm

    Truly an outstanding man! May your great memories bring you comfort in the days/weeks/years ahead.

    (I’m another CFB alumni.)

  • Dan Borschnack Posted December 22, 2023 3:07 pm

    My memory of Ron goes back about 50 years. A bunch of us had some great times in the early 1970’s. I remember that Ron and his best friend Dave Ciaccio seemed to be always together. Unfortunately, I have not seen Ron in many years. However, I still have fond memories of Ron and his sense of humor. May he rest in peace. Our thought and prayers go out to Ron’s family and his friends.

  • Gary Matter Posted December 22, 2023 7:28 pm

    A great friend to many and he will be missed by all ! My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I will always remember our trips to my Pennsylvania cabin. Rest in Peace.

  • Helen Harris Posted December 23, 2023 8:50 am

    My thoughts and prayers for all of you. A big hole left in your hearts. I will miss his wit and laugh at all of our gatherings.

  • Tate Fitzgerald Posted December 23, 2023 9:03 am

    Our hearts go out to you, Ron was a great man, I enjoyed working with him. I enjoyed his fun sense of humor – I believe we can now say “he has it all under control” as he looks down upon us. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim Cheffer Posted December 23, 2023 10:57 am

    Rest in peace my brother. I have 70 years of memories from baseball in our youth, family Christmas dinners together on Sunnyside Ave, fourth of July fireworks from Nebraska at my house and just recently your stay at my place. Hugs and condolences to Betty, Alina, Amari and Ricky.

  • Dave Ciaccio Posted December 24, 2023 10:55 am

    Happy Birthday Ronnie! I know , I know, I will not celebrate Christmas until I celebrate your birthday today as you always told me. I won’t let you down;)

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