THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: March 7, 2018
Ronald "Ponch" Hyland, 80, of Suamico, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer for many years, never complaining or letting it get in the way of life. He joined his late wife, Marilyn "Moe" on the eighth anniversary of her passing.
Born Dec. 16, 1937 in Oconto, to the late John and Vida (Couillard) Hyland, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1955 and was honorably discharged. On Aug. 20, 1960, he married Marilyn Topel and she preceded him in death Feb. 23, 2010.
He lived in Green Bay and worked at Proctor and Gamble for 35 years as a machine operator, retiring May 2, 1995 and then relocated to Suamico.
An avid Packer fan, he looked forward to every season and was also a fan of UWGB Girls Basketball. He could be found with friends in the bleachers at many home basketball games rooting for the girls.
A member of the Elks Club of Oconto, he enjoyed going to monthly meetings as a time for him to be with friends and share stories and laughs. He enjoyed dinners with friends, road trips to the casino, quarterly gatherings with former co-workers from Proctor and Gamble and having wings with family at the Four Way in Suamico.
Survivors include a son, Bruce (Vicki) Hyland, Green Bay; a daughter, Jayne (Tish Rodriguez) Hyland, El Paso, Tx.; two grandchildren; a brother, Wayne (Mary) LaCourt; two sisters, Linda (Ronald) Carey and Joanne LaCourt; a sister-in-law, Janet Hyland; a brother-in-law, Dean Jensen and other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; his step-father, Clarence LaCourt; in-laws, Fred and Ida Topel; a brother, Dalton and two sisters, Alice Jenson and Mary Lou Lackey.
A Celebration of Life was held at Pfotenhauer Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Howard-Suamico location on Monday, March 5 from 3 p.m. until time of a service with military honors at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established in his name at the funeral home.