Ronald L. Wischnack age 76, of Norwood Young America, passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at his residence.
Soon after being married, Ron was drafted by the Army and spent time serving in Korea.
Ron was a lifelong member of the VFW. His life always centered around hard work, which involved early work on the dairy farm and many years working for William Mueller and Sons.
While life sometimes brought challenges and difficulties, throughout it all, he always valued his family.
Early in life, Wish, as he was known to many, spent his free time playing baseball and softball. He was involved with the New Germany Dutchmen for decades, playing catcher, outfield, and coaching the team.
His well-known competitive spirit kept him engaged in not only in his own sporting events, but the many sporting events of his children and grandchildren.
In his later years, he spent his free time fishing, hunting, and playing cards. He taught his many grandchildren how to love the outdoors and appreciate all of what Minnesota lakes have to offer.
Ice fishing trips to Mille Lacs, Lake Sarah, and Eagle Lake were his favorites. Annual deer hunting was a treasured family tradition that also included many friends and always ended with playing Sheepshead out at the farm.
Ron had a strong faith and knew that Jesus is his Redeemer. He met his Lord and Savior Oct. 31, 2021.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents, Mildred and Gilbert Wischnack; brother, Gerald Wischnack; father-in-law and mother-in law, Charles and Mabel Byer; brothers-in-law Ervin Byer and Earl Brockhoff; and sister-in-law Irma Nelson.
Ronald is survived by his loving family: wife, Geraldine “Geri” Wischnack; children and spouses, Ron Jr. “Gus” and Julie Wischnack of Norwood Young America, Terry and Todd Lehrke of Lester Prairie, Tony and Kara Wischnack of Waconia, Tim and Julie Wischnack of Plato; grandchildren, Reed Wischnack, Reese Wischnack, Adam (Lindsay) Lehrke, Aaron Lehrke, Tate Wischnack, Charlie Wischnack, Barett Wischnack, Blake Wischnack, Kalli Wischnack, Maleah Wischnack, Sawyer Wischnack; great-grandchilden, Brock Zerby-Lehrke and Harper Lehrke; siblings, Vernetta (Bob) Schwichtenberg of Waconia, Phyllis (Donald) Schwichtenberg of Waconia, Milan (Elaine) Wischnack of Norwood Young America, Tom (Monica) Wischnack of Norwood Young America, Genoa (Dennis) Henning of New Germany, Kevin (Connie) Wischnack of Buffalo; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Angeline Wischnack of Norwood Young America; Melvin (LaVonne) Byer of Norwood Young America, Dorothy Brockhoff of Arlington, JoAnn (Bob) Kroells of Norwood Young America, Sharon (Chuck) Shimota of Arlington, Caroline Byer of St. Paul Park; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.
A funeral service took place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 510 Broadway Street E. in New Germany, with Vicar Aaron Beckman preaching and Rev. Dennis McManus officiating.
Visitation, all at the church, took place Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a 7 p.m. prayer service, and Saturday one hour prior to the service.
Interment was in St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Young America VFW.
After the interment service, a gathering followed at St. Mark’s Fellowship Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.
Serving as casket bearers were Adam Lehrke, Aaron Lehrke, Reed Wischnack, Blake Wischnack, Reese Wischnack, Tate Wischnack, and Sawyer Wischnack.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; 952-442-2121; www.johnsonfh.com.