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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:17

     Ronald A. Depies of Batavia was a  bricklayer who worked on projects at Grafton High School and Random Lake High School — work that gave him a great deal of pride, his wife Beverly said.
    But he was also a longtime dairy farmer who preferred work in the field to construction, she said.
    “He didn’t like the driving to different work sites,” she said. “On a farm, you walk out the door and you’re at work.”
    While she took care of the animals, Mrs. Depies said, her husband preferred working the fields, raising feed for their cows.
    Mr. Depies died of cancer Thursday, Oct. 5, at Sharon Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls. He was 74.
    Mr. Depies was a native of Holy Cross, born on April 5, 1943, to Edwin and La Verne Van Treeck Depies.
    He went to Port Washington High School, where he flexed his athletic prowess as a member of the wrestling team and the football team. He was on the football team in 1960 when it went undefeated.
    He attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and was a member of its football team for three years, including 1962, when it earned the conference championship.
    “He loved sports,” his wife said, and he passed that passion onto his sons.
    The boys were all wrestlers, a sport they learned in part at their father’s side.    
    “Whenever there was a commercial on TV, they were on the floor wrestling,” Mrs. Depies said.
    Mr. Depies married Beverly Boehlke at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, near Mequon, on Sept. 1, 1968.
    The couple were members of the Batavia Fire Department and First Responders for several years, and Mr. Depies also served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
    Mr. Depies served as his wife’s caregiver after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995.
    “Ron took very good care of me,” she said. “God has a special place in heaven for men like Ron.”
    Mr. Depies was a people person, his wife said.
    “He enjoyed people,” she said. “And he treated everyone the same.”
    Mr. Depies is survived by his wife Beverly of Batavia; sons Gregory (Denise) and Garret, both of Random Lake, Gary (Julie) of Batavia and Geoffrey of Merrill; and grandchildren Jessica, Cody, Tanner, Sydney, Ryder, Katelyn, Austin, Kyra, Abby, Wyatt and Owen.
    He is further survived by his siblings, Mary (Roger) Neumann, William (Mary Ann) and Gerald (Janice), all of West Bend, Richard (Karen) of Portage, Edwin of Crivitz, Carol (Ken) Buser of Colorado, Anthony (Patti) of Green Bay and Chris (Kim) of Apple Valley, Minn.; brothers and sisters-in-law Judith (E. Miche) Priaulx of Saukville, Robert (Dawn) Boehlke, Linda (Rolf) Sommer and Royal (Linda) Boehlke, all of Random Lake, Roger (Carol) Boehlke of Germantown and Cynthia (Jay) Johnson of Indianola, Iowa.
    Mr. Depies was preceded in death by his parents Edwin and La Verne.
    A funeral service was held Tues., Oct.. 10, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sherman Center. The Rev. Randal Schoemann officiated.
    Interment was in St. John’s Cemetery.
    Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran School in Sherman Center are suggested.
    Funeral arrangements were handled through Phillip Funeral Home, West Bend.

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