Ronald James Kurasz was born on March 9,1943 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He grew up in the Brighton Park neighborhood in Chicago. A high school knee injury kept him from being drafted into the armed services but could not stop him from charging through streams and rivers or float tubing in pursuit of his favorite pastime—fishing. Ron’s career as a claims adjuster was the perfect fit as it allowed him many opportunities to fish in between calling on insureds and investigating claims.
His fishing beginnings started in earnest at Saganashkee Slough. From there it was on to stream fishing in the Midwest and later on with trips out west and out of the country. According to his brother Alan, “Ron oftentimes said he should take up a second hobby, mentioning golf on occasion, but I think when he came across his first water hazard on the course, he would have dropped his clubs and pulled out his fly rod.”
Ron was active in the Oak Brook Trout Unlimited chapter and Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. He enjoyed teaching young and old the techniques of fly fishing.
“Ron was quite willing to give his time to Oak Brook TU, said Marvin Strauch, OBTU Youth Education Chair. “He helped out for quite a number of years with our Youth Fly Fishing program and was an Orvis FF101/201 program volunteer. He was good with kids, and an extremely good caster, so he helped a lot of kids in our youth program. I know that Ron also took part in many of our chapter conservation projects.”
Ron passed away on February 18, just short of his 75th birthday. He is survived by his brother, Alan, who believes Ron is scouting out new waters somewhere in heaven above.