Born Jan. 29, 1936, at home in Island, Ky. He started kindergarten in Detroit, Mich., and graduated from Central City High School in Central City, Ky., in 1954. He died Nov. 1 in hospice in Delavan, Wis.
Music and singing had always been important in his life. He sang in the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the Savoyaires of the North Shore; and the Elkhorn, Wis., Symphony Chorus. He and his twin brother, Don, sang in the Western choir and State Street Methodist Church in Bowling Green.
Ron received his M.A. and B.A. from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. His teaching career began in 1958 in Sacramento and Owensboro, Ky.; and he retired in 1991 from Evanston Township High School.
His second career was as co-owner of Allyn Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Delavan, Wis. (1987-2007). The Allyn Mansion, purchased in 1984, was renovated to reflect its historical significance after eight years of renovation to return it to its original glory. It received numerous awards including the Grand Prize in the National Trust Great American Home Award in 1993.
Mr. Markwell is survived by his sons: Howard (Nicole) of Portland, Ore.; and Scott (Kirsten) of Skokie; grandchildren Logan, Taylor, Acadia, Genevieve, and Jack; nephews: D. G., Brent, Roger and Greg of Montgomery, Ala; cousins; former wife, Francine; and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Taylor and Elva Markwell and twin brother, Don; and partner, Joe Johnson.
A Celebration of Life will be at Allyn Mansion in the late spring or early summer of 2018. Monroe Funeral Home in Delavan is assisting the family