Ralph VandenBush

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Ralph “Jack” VandenBush, 90, Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, April 26, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care. He was born Dec. 17, 1927, in the Town of Morgan to William and Rose (Wood) VandenBush. Jack grew up in the Oconto Falls area, where he graduated high school with the class of 1946. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and was a member of Admiral Byrd’s expedition to the Antarctic Circle in 1947. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he returned home to Oconto Falls.

On June 26, 1954, he married Margaret LeComte and the couple had six children together. Jack was employed by the Scott Paper Co. in Oconto Falls for almost 40 years, retiring in 1990. He was a longtime and active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls, where he served as trustee and usher, sang in the folk choir and volunteered his time and talents in numerous parish activities including president of the Holy Name Society. As a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, Jack was elected and served as a lector and was active with fundraisers. His hobbies included woodworking, golf, gardening, fishing and, in his younger years, softball and bowling.

Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Margaret VandenBush, Oconto Falls; their six children, Cindy (Lincoln) Petersen, Tampa, Fla., Rick (Patty) VandenBush, Oconto Falls, Dan (Karen) VandenBush, Luxemburg, Lisa (Ed) Christensen, Oconto Falls, Paula (Gary) Hansen, Green Bay, and Diane (Don) Schmidt, Coleman; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Viola “Ollie” (Arnie) Anderson, Oconto Falls; one sister-in-law, Sally VandenBush, St. Germaine; one brother-in-law, Dr. Dean Magnin, Marinette; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers, Milton, Eben, Lloyd, Cletus “Pete,” Gordon “John,” Reuben, Bill and Joe VandenBush; four sisters, Edna Krueger, Gladys “Tiny” VanHaren, Doris Depner and Genevieve Burk; and one grandson, Brett VandenBush.

Visitation was held 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls, 7 p.m. KC prayer service. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of service. Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to St. Anthony Catholic School Foundation.