Ronald C. Yahnke, age 81, of Wautoma passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at his home.
He was born August 9, 1940 in Milwaukee, the son of Clarence and Mae (Augustowski) Yahnke. He married Beverly Smith on May 6, 1961 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in South Milwaukee.
Ron was a 1958 graduate of Racine County School of Agriculture and Domestic Economy in Rochester, WI. He also attended Lakeland College where he played basketball. He served in the Wisconsin Air National Guard until 1966. Ron held a few jobs, including helping at his father filling station, working at an auto parts store, painting barns and being a milkman for Golden Guernsey Dairy in Milwaukee. He later found his calling by becoming an agent for American Family Insurance. He operated the Ron Yahnke Insurance Agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 43 years until his retirement.
Ron enjoyed fishing, golfing, woodworking, playing cards and being with his family. He is a member of Hope Lutheran Church and was a board member of Waushara Country Club. Ron was also a member and past president of Franklin Lions Club, the past president of the Irogami Lake Association, and a member of the Wautoma Lions Club.
He is survived by his wife of over 60 years, Beverly Yahnke, Wautoma; three sons: Mark Yahnke, Marshfield, Steven (Lisa) Yahnke, Oconomowoc; Michel Chabaneix (Patty), Peru; five grandchildren: Shannon Yahnke, Brandon Yahnke (Hannah), Katie Yahnke, Emily (Nick) Crivello and Nathan Yahnke; one great granddaughter: Rosalee Yahnke; along with two expected great-grandchildren; One sister: Lynn Boyd, Arizona; one brother-in-law: Floyd (Diane) Skenandore, Oak Creek; two sisters-in-law: Janet Malcolm, Oneida, Janice Hirth, Green Bay. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents and by one older sister, Darlene Yahnke.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:30 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma with Pastor Mike Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Hope Lutheran Cemetery, immediately following the service.
Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. The Leikness Funeral Home of Wautoma is assisting the family with arrangements. www.leiknessfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials, if you so choose, to Hope Lutheran Church, Wautoma Animal Shelter or a charity of your choice in Ron’s name.