Ronnie Kaplan, 87, of Park Ridge, IL, took his final checkered flag on March 1, 2014, surrounded by his loving family.
Ronnie served his country in the Coast Guard during WW II; was a devoted husband and best friend of Lynne (nee Hildebrandt), for 52 years; beloved father of Greg (Susan), Kairn Pawlikowsky (Jon), Jill, Kris (Laura), and Melani; beloved grandpa to Charlie, Tim, Mason, Liam, Ronnie, and Emme. He was preceeded in death by his mother, Faye Wilczek, and brother, Robert Kaplan.
One of the last surviving members of 1960 Indianapolis 500 winning crew, Ronnie’s innovative work on Indy Cars, Trans Ams, Corvettes, and other cars has been restored and preserved at the Indianapolis Hall of Fame Museum and private collections throughout the U.S.
A dear friend and mentor to many, Ronnie’s thirst for knowledge and adventure took him, his family and friends through exciting projects and quests. A mischievous sense of humor and warmth kept him always young. Ronnie will be forever remembered for his artisan craftsmanship.