Ralph Raymond Schedivy Sr.

Ralph R. Schedivy, age 90 of Viroqua, died Tuesday June 4, 2019.


Sample Image     Ralph Raymond Schedivy Sr., age 90 of Viroqua and formerly of Chaseburg, passed away peacefully, Tuesday June 4, 2019, at Vernon Memorial Hospital.

     He was born February 20, 1929 in La Crosse, WI (St. Ann's Hospital) to Godfrey and Victoria (Blaha) Schedivy. Ralph lived in La Crosse and attended Webster Public School for kindergarten, and St. Wenceslaus Parochial School through the eighth grade.  He graduated from Aquinas High School in 1947. It was also in 1947 that he moved with his parents and sister to Chaseburg, where they farmed for many years. 


     Ralph married Rita Marie Durkin at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bangor, WI on April 7, 1956. Together, they farmed the family homestead in Chaseburg (on Bunker Hill Lane), for the next forty-six years, raising ten children. Ralph built the first milking parlor in Hamburg Township in 1970. It was after retiring from farming that the couple moved to Viroqua, where Ralph drove a bus, taking clients to the Vernon Area Rehabilitation Center (VARC) from throughout northwest Vernon County. Rita passed away many years later on October 14, 2010. Ralph found love and companionship again and married a longtime friend, Betty Keenan, on November 12, 2011.


     Ralph’s passions were family and farming, but he enjoyed music, dancing and woodcarving. He belonged to National Farmers Organization (NFO), Chaseburg Lions, AARP, Vernon County Historical Society, Senior Citizens and Sentimental Singers. He also contributed his time to Habitat for Humanity.


     He is survived by:  his wife Betty, his sons David of Chaseburg, Michael (Margaret) of Coon Valley, John of Westby, Leo (Brigit) of La Crosse, and Ralph Jr. (Kathy) of Chaseburg, his daughters Helen (Gary) Picha, of Wisconsin Dells, Ann (Dan) Tollefson of Viroqua, Mary (Richard) Humfeld of Chaseburg, Norma Limmex of Portage, and Gina Schedivy of Plymouth, MN. Other survivors are his 27 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and his only sister, Joan (Clarence) Urbanek of Chaseburg.

     Ralph was preceded in death by: his parents and his first wife, Rita.


     A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mary’s Annunciation Catholic Church (corner of Congress and Broadway) in Viroqua. Friends may call during Visitations for Ralph on Sunday June 9, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home or on Monday at the church for 1-hour prior to Mass. Burial will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the Riverside Cemetery off Hwy 35 north of Genoa.

     In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials will be left to the family’s discretion.

     On-line condolences may be offered at www.vossfh.com

     The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W. Decker in Viroqua, is serving the family. (608) 637-2100.

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