Ralph VandenBushIssue Date: May 3, 2018
Ralph "Jack" VandenBush, 90, of Oconto Falls, passed away early Thursday morning, April 26, 2018 at Atrium Post Acute Care.
Born Dec. 17, 1927 in the Town of Morgan, to William and Rose (Wood) VandenBush, he grew up in Oconto Falls and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1946. He served in the United States Navy and was a member of Admiral Byrd's expedition to the Antarctic Circle in 1947. Upon an honorable discharge, he returned to Oconto Falls.
On June 26, 1954, he married Margaret LeComte and they had six children. He worked at Scott Paper Co. in Oconto Falls for almost 40 years, retiring in 1990.
A longtime, active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls, he served as trustee and usher, sang in the Folk Choir and volunteered his time and talents in many parish activities, including president of the Holy Name Society.
As a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, he was elected and served as a Lector and was active with fund raisers. He enjoyed woodworking, golf, gardening, fishing and in his younger years, softball and bowling.
Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Margaret VandenBush, Oconto Falls; six children, Cindy (Lincoln) Petersen, Tampa, Fla., Rick (Patty) VandenBush and Lisa (Ed) Christensen, both of Oconto Falls, Dan (Karen) VandenBush, Luxemburg, Paula (Gary) Hansen, Green Bay and Diane (Don) Schmidt, Coleman; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Viola "Ollie" (Arnie) Anderson, Oconto Falls; a sister-in-law, Sally VandenBush, St. Germaine; a brother-in-law, Dr. Dean Magnin, Marinette and many nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers, Milton, Eben, Lloyd, Cletus "Pete", Gordon "John", Reuben, Bill and Joe VandenBush; four sisters, Edna Krueger, Gladys "Tiny" VanHaren, Doris Depner and Genevieve Burk and a grandson, Brett VandenBush,
Visitation was held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls on Tuesday, May 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a KC Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls on Wednesday, May 2 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiated with burial and military honors in the Church Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to St. Anthony Catholic School Foundation.
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