Friday, October 28, 2005

Obituary: Ronald Schenck

Posted below is an obituary for Ronald Schenck, who taught math at Madison Central High School for several years. The photo at left is from the 1965 Tychoberahn (where he is incorrectly identified as "Ronald Schenk," another of the many errors in that yearbook).

MADISON - Ronald Hanson Schenck, age 81, was born on March 3, 1924, and passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2005, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, Fitchburg. Ron was born in Jackson, Mich., to Elvina (Hanson) and Chester Schenck. Ronald graduated summa cum laude from Winona State University (formerly Winona State Teachers College) with his B.S. degree in music and mathematics. He taught instrumental music at Harmony High School, Harmony, Minn., from 1948 to 1952. He returned to Winona State for pre-engineering courses. While in Winona, he played several instruments with the Henry Burton dance band. In 1954, he and his wife moved to Madison where Ron earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at UW. He was an instructor in the engineering school for the next seven years. He then returned to high school math teaching, five years at Central High School and 20 years at East High School, retiring in 1984. In 2000, Ron and his wife moved to the Oakwood East Apartments. He is survived by his wife, the former Judith Ferdinandsen, whom he married on March 10, 1948. He is further survived by a sister, Nancy Schenck of Galesville; a brother, Robert (Enid) of Palatine, Ill.; a niece and three nephews. According to Ron's wishes, there will be no funeral service or memorial services. Cremation rites will be accorded by the Ryan Funeral Home. His family is most grateful to the staff at the HospiceCare Center for their wonderful care. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 28, 2005

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