Fallen Soldier: Ronald Gebur
Hometown: Delavan, IL
Branch of Service: Army
Player: Reagan Zibilski
Army Spc. Ronald Gebur died of injuries on May 13, 2006, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his HMMWV during combat operations. He was part of the Army's Infantry and was assigned to Bravo 1-22, 4 ID, as a platoon leader, sniper and qualified in air assault.
Spc. Gebur graduated from Delavan High School in 2002 where he was the typical student who played baseball, enjoyed art and liked to work on cars. He also played for the Pekin Flyers Youth Hockey Organization.
He enlisted in the National Guard after graduation where he served with the 733rd as a cook, but he had higher aspirations. In 2004 he transferred to the 4th Infantry Division, based at Fort Hood, Texas. He was deployed to Iraq on Dec. 13, 2005.
“Spc. Gebur was a superhero who chose to use his strength for good. He warmed people’s hearts and had this light in his eyes,” his sister, Camille Gebur, wrote.
Gebur's decorations and awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantry Badge and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
Ron is survived by his wife, Bethany Morgan Henderson, who is a U.S. Army medic, and their son who was 9 months old at his death.