Normal Mourns Loss of Former Parks and Rec Director | WGLT

Normal Mourns Loss of Former Parks and Rec Director

Jul 6, 2017

The mayor of Normal is praising a former Parks and Recreation director for his deep impact on the town.

Former Parks and Rec head Ron Blemler recently passed away at age 74. He served as the director of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Normal for 33 years until he retired in 2002.

Speaking during GLT's Sound Ideas, Mayor Chris Koos said Blemler had a difficult time early in his retirement because he was so invested in the town.

“Ron was a very passionate guy about his job in Parks and Recreation. He cared deeply about improving quality of life through Parks and Rec,” Koos said. “The (Normal) Theater was under his purview, the golf course when it was built, the expansion of the aquatics program in the community—that was all under Ron Blemler,” Koos added. “He will leave a long legacy in the Town of Normal.”

Blemler’s visitation will be 4:30-8 p.m. Friday at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Normal.

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