Ronald W. Schlenz
1936 - 2021
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Ronald W. Schlenz

Wisconsin Rapids - Ronald W. Schlenz, age 84, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 at Marshfield Medical Center in Weston, WI.

Services will be at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home, 2201 Chestnut Street, Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation for relatives and friends will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Ron was born January 17, 1936 in Kenosha, WI to Wallace and Leona (Kellerman) Schlenz. He worked as a tool and die maker for American Motors, retiring after 30 years of service. He married Jean (Berg) Kruger on September 1, 1993 in Minocqua, WI. She preceded him in death on December 5, 2020.

Ron had a great sense of humor and loved playing pranks on friends and family members. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed shooting and reloading ammunition. He was an expert knife maker and raised German Shorthair dogs. He was Mr. Wisconsin in 1958. He and his wife Jean enjoyed traveling and spending time in Florida.

Ron is survived by his children: Dale Harrison of Racine, WI and Kirk (Brenda) Schlenz of Manitowish Waters, WI; stepchildren: Dixie Hoogesteger Plowman (Randy) of Sarona, WI, Kathy Kruger of Lake City, MN, Tammy (Gary) Florence of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Michael Kruger of Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren: Austen (Amanda) Lucksted, Casey (Eric) Lehner, Dalanie Schlenz, and Garrit Schlenz; step grandchildren: Andy (Ann) Hoogesteger, Charles (Mandy) Hoogesteger, Rose (Jon) Grunewald, Tasia (Jake) Malooly, Jessica Kruger, and Amanda Jean Kruger; four great-grandchildren; and 10 step great-grandchildren; and his dog, Foxy. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jean; sister, Gwendolyn Neau; brother, Russell Schlenz; and grandson, Trevor Schlenz.

Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

Special thanks to Jean's family for taking such special care of Ron.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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January 16, 2021
Dear Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Ron will be missed by so many. He was such a good and kind man. God bless. RIP Ron.
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January 15, 2021
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