Ronald L. Lewis, 85, of Pardeeville, passed away Monday October 19, 2020 at his home with his family by his side. He was born May 6, 1935 in Yuba, WI, the son of Leland and Ruth Mildred (Yeomans) Lewis.
Ron graduated from Richland Center High School and attained a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Physical Education. He was united in marriage with Marlene M. (Schmitz) Lewis August 21, 1955 in Richland Center. Ron taught Physical Education, Industrial Arts, and coached basketball and track at Morrison Junior High School in Morrison, IL from 1958 - 1978. Ron is in the Illinois Coaches Hall of Fame for Basketball. He and Marlene owned and operated The Wagon Wheel in Portage from 1978 to 1990, and Ron was a realtor for Don Lee Realty until retirement. He was an avid Badgers, Packers and Cubs fan. He also loved traveling with his daughter Cathy and granddaughter Carina to barrel races across the country. He loved spending time with family and friends, caring for his dog Sophie and tending to his bird sanctuary.
Survivors include daughters Cindy (Brian) Bonneur of Morrison, IL, Cathy Morris of Rio, Rhonda (Thomas) Dalton of Pardeeville, and Cheryl Kelsey of McFarland; grandchildren Andrew (Christine) Bonneur of South Bend, IN, Nicholas Bonneur of Chicago, IL, Kara (Scott) Williams of Sterling, IL, Carina Morris of Cambria, WI, Zachary Kelsey of McFarland, WI; great grandchildren Gammon Williams, Vivienne Bonneur, Tynlee Williams, Briley Williams, Shelby Barden; siblings Darlene (Ralph) Boegel, and Wayne DeVere (Marilyn) Lewis of Janesville, WI and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Marlene (Schmitz) Lewis on April 22, 2020, his mother Ruth Mildred (Yeomans) Lewis and step-father Cecil Lewis; sibling James Dale Lewis, step-siblings Tom Lewis and William Lewis.
A graveside memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Buffalo Township, Monday October 26 at 11:30 AM. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials in Ron’s memory may be made to Agrace Hospice.
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