A celebration of Ronnie’s life will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, June 1st at 11:00 a.m. Family and friends will be able to meet with the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
Today we honor the life of our beloved Son, Father, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, friend and mentor, who has left an indelible mark in our hearts and family. Ronnie “Pops” Hooks, 65, unexpectedly completed his earthly pilgrimage on Thursday, May 18th, 2023. He was born July 1, 1957, in Racine, WI to Mary Louise (McClain) Hooks and the late Eddie Lee Hooks.
Ronnie was a graduate of Racine Park High School, Class of 76 where he ran track and field. He also developed his passion and discipline for weightlifting, identifying the gym as his “happy place”. Post high school, Ronnie attended UW-Whitewater. He proceeded to dedicate 42 years of service as a machinist at PPG Industries- retiring in 2021. In addition to his honorable career, Pops was also known for his profound perspective on living. He identified life as a journey, not a sprint nor a race, but an everlasting marathon. In his marathon, he implanted his legacy within his three children Nichole, Nick and Benjamin. He proudly identified his greatest accomplishment as being an outstanding father. His fatherly presence was so heavily immersed in his children’s lives, that he became “Pops” to all the friends of his kids. He will always be cherished as a Minnesota legend. Ronnie will eternally be remembered for the love he extended to his family, gracing the gatherings with his quick-witted jokes and laughter. He took his lighthearted humor with him everywhere. The only joke you couldn’t crack was about his Mother, who he loved immensely. She supplied the lifelong tools he needed to flourish. Ronnie used his gifts to leave us with sunlight after the rain and fed us laughter after our pain. His infectious smile and those green eyes, will live endlessly within our hearts.
Surviving are his three children, Nichole Hooks of Houston, TX, Nicholas Hooks, of St. Paul, MN and Benjamin Hooks, of Racine, WI; four grandchildren, Bobby Shelby, Laniiya Shelby, Saraya Hooks and Isaiah Herndon; two great grandchildren, Amena Shelby and Mia Shelby; Mother, Mary Louise Hooks, of Eagan, MN; Siblings, Murphy Hooks and Edward Hooks, both of Racine, Robin (Patrick) Hunter, of San Antonio, TX and Nancy (Antonio) Fuentez, of Farmington, MN. His Nieces and Nephews, whom he loved dearly : Steven Fuentez, Taylor Fuentez, Mary Hooks, Shavon Hiler, Tierra Kelly, Edward Hooks and Mykeisha Hooks. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive Ronnie. He was preceded by his father, Eddie Lee Hooks.
Pastor Della Jane Buckley says
LaRita Winston says
Friends since Jr. High School. We met while he was playing basketball 🏀 on Mitchell Jr. High School’s team i believe. What I do know is his eyes told his story. Ronnie and I remained friends for over 40 years. Lately he would stop by to take me on some errands. Talked to him before he left to see his mom. So I told him we would go out to eat when he got back. He said La I’m going to hold you to that. I was waiting for him to call when he got back. The call I received was he had passed. I am trying to accept that. It’s hard Ronnie. He would help others and did not need strangers. Ronnie forever my friend ❤️ and I will always Love you.
Faye McGowan-Willis says
I pray that god gives Ronnie’s children, mother, and siblings strength to get threw these days ahead. This was unexpected for our family. God bless you all! Love , Faye.
Shalonda Bell (LALA) says
Sending my condolences
Debra Turner & Family says
Condolences to the family! Praying for strength.
Stacey Moore & Family says
We send our condolences and prayers to the Hooks family
Barbara Woods says
My condolences to the Hooks Family May God Bless
Tammy C. says
My Condelences and prays 🙏 are with the family. Very sorry for your loss.
Avis Tyler & Family says
May peace and comfort fine you.
Virgie Epps and Family says
My condolences to the family. Keeping you in my prayers. May God comfort you. ❤️
Ora Griffin /Racine Wisconsin says
RIP cousin this is another blow to our family Lord wrap your arms around our family so that we may get through this love you cousin
Ronnie you will be missed I love y’all family ❣️
Gary & Rebecca Goodwin says
My deepest Condolences 💐 the family,you will be missed by all…Rest Now…Cousin !!!
Nancy. V says
Ronnie you were a great person and you were always there to help others, I am extremely greatful for the time we recently spent together, just didn’t think that would be the last time I was going to see you.
You will be truly missed Rip Ronnie Hooks.
Bi. Kelvin and Debra Weatherspoon says
Our hearts are saddened by this news. We will hold the family in our thoughts and prayers. -Kelvin & Debra Weatherspoon with Mary Weatherspoon & family
cheryl ann syreini says
I worked with Ronnie at PPG , we would often talk about food and new restaurant’s to try,takeing yoga classes and eating health food.He talked about his family especially his Mom,
he was going to drive her to MN and how long it would take.
Ronnie will be missed
Jerry Smith says
My condolences to the family Hooks. How does time go by so fast, wow so many me memories I miss you all and once again my condolences. Jerry
Maggie Cobb says
My condolence and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time🙏
Delander Rodgers says
Praying for the family, Ronnie will be missed.
Paul Doebereiner says
RIP Ronnie. We hung around together back in the old neighborhood ( Villa St and Grand Ave).
Eisbrenner Family says
Our sincere condolences to everyone that was a part of Ronnie’s life. We didn’t know Ronnie but from all the comments we have read he was a wonderful person and truly loved. He touched many lives and will be thought of often. In the difficult days and nights ahead may the many wonderful memories of his life give you comfort. Something we have personally found to be of great comfort are the thoughts expressed in the Bible at John 5:28 “all those in the memorial tombs will hear his (Jesus) voice and come out “. May God Jehovah comfort you during this sad time in your life.
Cynthia Dismuke says
My sincerest condolences to the Hooks family. May the Lord grant you peace during this most difficult time.
Diane Rubel says
My deepest condolences to Ronnie’s family.
Virginia Weaver says
My Condolences to the Hooks family.
Cherri (Barker) Chambliss says
My sincere condolences to the Hooks family 🙏🏾
Bridgette Tye says
Where do I Begin? I thought maybe it was a dream at first until I woke up to reality. My heart goes out to the Hooks family every day since the passing of you I keep thinking like maybe it’s just not real but I know it is I’m just sending love and light to you guys, it’s hard to imagine or to even put words here on this page I thought we had a little more time, but one thing for sure not one minute nor hour or the next day is promised I love you guys so much rest easy Ronnie until we meet again
Brenda Allen says
Condolences to the family of Ronnie, so sorry for your loss.
Lillian Boykin and family says
My deepest condolences to the Hooks Family
Michelle Hudson says
Ronnie was such a good, loving, fun gentleman. My condolences to the family. May the blessings be.
Sherby A Olivet says
May the Lord provide strength to the Family as we mourn Ronnie’s untimely loss.
Sheila N Grandy says
My condolences to the Hook family, may God comfort you all during this time,🙏
Ida Chambliss says
This is my condolences to the family for the loss of your loved one. To his Mother, Mary, his children’s and grandchildren’s also great grands with all my love!!!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾❤️🩹❤️❤️🩹
Alnita johnson says
My condolences to the Hooks family my prayers are with you all.
Robin Shaw says
Nichole and Nick I am so sorry for the loss of your dad. I know how close you all were. We have known each other since middle school and Ronnie was always nothing but nice to me. I’m praying for understanding, comfort and strength. Love you guys ❤️
Cynthia White says
My deepest condolences and prayers goes out to the entire Hooks Family on passing of Ronnie. R.I.P