Ronald J. Kalscheur

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CROSS PLAINS–Ronald J. “Kully” Kalscheur, age 90, of Cross Plains, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021. He was born on April 17, 1930, in Madison, the son of Frank and Dorothy (Schmitz) Kalscheur.

Ron graduated from Middleton High School in 1948 where he served as the class president. He married Sarah “Sally” (Coyle) Kalscheur on Feb. 19, 1949, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Ron worked as an auto body supervising technician for Zimbrick Automotive where he retired after 32 years of service.

Ron was very active in St. Francis Xavier Church, including serving as an usher and a lector, and the parish council president during the rebuilding of the church. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lions Club. Committed to community service, Ron also served for many years as a volunteer firefighter for the Cross Plains Fire Department. He took great pride in restoring the Model T firetruck that has been used for many years in community parades. Ron loved being a tourist, and with the assistance of daughter, Rona, traveled with Sally throughout the United States, Europe, Middle East and Latin America, including visits to many shrines of the Blessed Virgin Mary. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were especially dear to him and he loved spending time with them.

Ron is survived by his children, Denis (Gail) Kalscheur, Patricia Kalscheur, Beth (Kris) Martini, Quentin Kalscheur, Barry (Trisha) Kalscheur and Rona Kalscheur; grandchildren, Kristin (Richard II) Raiford, Lisa (Justin Weinrich) Kalscheur, Benjamin (Caroline) Martini, Zachary Martini, Lyndsay (Matt) Cole, Joshua Martini, Baily (Dan Schaefer) Kalscheur, Austen (Vanessa) Kalscheur, Alexa  Kalscheur and Madelyn Kalscheur; great-grandchildren, Wilhelmina Weinrich, Winston Weinrich and Richard Raiford III; brother, Richard  Kalscheur; sister, Margaret "Peggy" Robbins and sisters-in-law Ann Rebholz and Sister Linus Coyle. 

He was preceded in death by wife, Sarah “Sally” Kalscheur; parents; sister-in-law, Margaret Kalscheur; and brother-in-law, John Robbins. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 2947 Thinnes St., Cross Plains, at 11 a.m. on March 3, 2021, with Father Thomas Kelley and Father Thomas Doheny concelebrating. Family and friends who wish to view the service via Live Stream may visit Ronald’s obituary page at gundersonfh.com and click on the Live Webcast link at the time of service. Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery. Visitation was held at Gunderson Cross Plains Funeral and Cremation Care, 2421 Church St., Cross Plains, from 4-6 p.m. on March 2, 2021, and also at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday. 

Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Xavier Church Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh.com.

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