Ronald Lloyd Barfknecht, 89, passed away surrounded by loving family on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 after a bout with cancer.
Ron was born on March 5, 1930 to Lloyd and Inga Barfknecht in Ladysmith. He graduated from Ladysmith High School and after working for the railroad for a short time, he returned to Ladysmith. He married Mary Leonhard on May 8, 1952 and was stationed briefly as an MP in Paris until the premature birth of their first child. He finished his term of duty, and he and Mary made their home in Ladysmith where they raised their 10 children.
Ron worked many jobs to support his family. Those included delivering a bread route, working for the Railway Express Agency and serving as area manager for the Milwaukee Journal and Sentinel where he gave many boys and girls their first jobs delivering newspapers. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service and as a school bus owner and driver until he retired when work started to interfere with his fishing. He also enjoyed his 19 years on the Ladysmith Fire Department where he served as chief for two years.
Ron treasured his time with his golf teams, his bowling teams, at the hunting shack and fishing from a boat, canoe, off a dock or through a hole in the ice. He led many expeditions to Canada and introduced quite a few people to adventures on the Flambeau. He loved his family and loved any and all visits with them. Saturday morning donuts and coffee won’t be the same without him.
Ron is survived by his children, John of Richmond, Va., Michael (Judy) of Ladysmith, Peggy Novak of Ladysmith, Joan (Jerry) Williams of West Bend, Julie (Chuck) Wiltrout of Goose Creek, S.C., Amy (Jim) Woelfer of Ladysmith, Ronda (Randy Pospisil) Brooks of Tony, Connie (Ed) Stoll of Ladysmith, Susan (Randy) Schlewitz of Ladysmith and Scott (Jill) of Green Bay; 21 grandchildren and over 30 great-grandchildren at last count. He is further survived by sisters-in-law, Carol Barfknecht, Jean Doughty and Judy Kunkel; brother-in-law, George Leonhard and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wonder-wife, Mary; his brothers, Jack and Emil; his sister, Pat Fecteau; son-in-law, Jerry Brooks and greatgrandson, Connor Theilig.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Ladysmith with Deacon Craig Voldberg officiating.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Ladysmith.