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Richard V. Yenchesky

Issue Date: February 7, 2019

Richard "Dick' V. Yenchesky, 80, of Wallace, MI., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Fla. 

Born Feb. 7, 1938 to Valentine and Dorothy (Leverenz) Yenchesky, he was proud of the work ethic he developed both on his parents' farm in Marion and his grandmother Yenchesky's farm in Pound.

He spent many summers working and playing golf on his grandpa Leverenz's golf course, Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Course in Elkhart Lake, where he was Junior Golf Pro. In his High School at Marion, he was a three sport Letterman in football, basketball and pole vaulting. After high school he continued playing football as he studied at Lakeland College and UW-Stevens Point. 

After graduation, he continued in athletics by trying out for the Chicago Bears, playing for the Manitowoc Chiefs (Semi-Professional Football team) and being a Golden Gloves boxer (State of Michigan Champion), while continuing his education at Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan University.

On July 31, 1970, he married Karen Mittag of Marinette in Marion and she preceded him in death on Dec.16, 2009.

He spent much time working on his Upper Michigan Camp and being there and sharing with family and friends was his greatest joy. An avid hunter locally and across the world, he hunted in the Western States, Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Argentina and Russia).

He believed "children came first and followed that throughout his career in education.  He began was a Biology teacher in Stephenson until moving to Wausaukee in 1962 where he taught and coached football and basketball; He then enrolled at Mott Community College in Flint, Mi., to complete an Administrative Fellowship.

In 1966 at the age 28, he became Superintendent in Crivitz and was Wisconsin's youngest Superintendent.  His 35 year career as a Superintendent continued in Hilbert, Baraga, Mi. and back to Stephenson. In 2001, he retired from the Unified School District of De Pere at age of 63 as Wisconsin's oldest Superintendent, where he had been for the last 17 years.

He is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline (James) Larsen five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; his "Angel', Beverly Kovach, who cared for him and was his constant companion in his final years and four siblings, Marilyn Jane Perkins, James (Bette) Yenchesky, Roy (Sandy) Yenchesky and Faye Yenchesky.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Karen Yenchesky and lifelong family friend, Louis Seidl.

Friends can call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, S218 US 41, Stephenson, Mi. on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. until time of a service at 12:30 p.m.  A memorial fund has been established in his name and donations can be forward to either Ryan Funeral Home or Anderson Diehm Funeral Home.


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