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Richard V. Yenchesky

February 7, 1938 January 16, 2019
Richard V. Yenchesky
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Richard ‘Dick’ V. Yenchesky, 80, of Wallace, MI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 in Boynton Beach, Florida. He was born February 7, 1938 to Valentine and Dorothy (Leverenz) Yenchesky.
Dick was proud of the work ethic he developed both on his parents’ farm in Marion, WI; as well as his time on Grandma Yenchesky’s Farm in Pound, WI. Dick spent many summers working and playing golf on his Grandpa Leverenz’s golf course, Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Course in Elkhart Lake, WI. Where he was Junior Golf Pro.
During his High School years at Marion, WI, Dick became a three sport Letterman in football, basketball, and pole vaulting. After high school he continued playing football as he studied at Lakeland College and UW-Stevens Point. Upon graduation, he continued in athletics by trying out for the Chicago Bears, playing for the Manitowoc Chiefs (Semi-Professional Football team), and being a Golden Gloves boxer (State of Michigan Champion) all while continuing his education at Northern Michigan University and Western Michigan University.
On July 31, 1970 in Marion, WI, Dick married Karen Mittag of Marinette, WI. She preceded him in death on December 16, 2009.
Dick spent any available time working on his Upper Michigan Camp (a true Yooper at heart) – being here and sharing it with family and friends was one of his greatest joys. Dick was an avid hunter locally and across the world (Western States, Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Argentina, Russia).
Dick passionately believed ‘children came 1st’ and led by this philosophy throughout his career in education. Dick began his work as a Biology teacher in Stephenson, MI; he moved to Wausaukee, WI, in 1962 - teaching and coaching football & basketball; subsequently, he enrolled at Mott Community College in Flint, Mi, to complete an Administrative Fellowship. In 1966 at the age of 28, Dick became Superintendent in Crivitz, WI, at which time he was Wisconsin’s youngest Superintendent. His 35 year career as a Superintendent continued in Hilbert, WI; Baraga, MI; and back to where his career in education started - Stephenson, MI. In 2001, Dick retired from the Unified School District of De Pere, WI, at the age of 63 as Wisconsin’s oldest Superintendent, where he had been for the last 17 years of his career.
Dick is survived by his children: daughter Jacqueline (James) Larsen and their children: André (Erica) Larsen with great grandchild Adelaide, and Austin Larsen; son Richard E. Yenchesky; and son Chad (Cherie) Yenchesky and their children: Elle, Isla, and Crew Yenchesky; his ‘ANGEL’ Beverly Kovach, who cared for him and was his constant companion in his final years; his siblings: Marilyn Jane Perkins, James (Bette) Yenchesky, Roy (Sandy) Yenchesky, and Faye Yenchesky. He was preceded in death by his parents Valentine and Dorothy; his wife Karen Yenchesky, and lifelong family friend Louis Seidl.
Friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, S218 US 41, Stephenson, MI on Saturday, February 9, 2019 after 10:00 am until time of service at 12:30 pm. A memorial fund has been established to honor Dick Yenchesky – forward memorial donations to either funeral home. Please visit www.ryanfh.com or www.andersondiehm.com to send online condolences to Dick’s family. If travelling and have questions you may call the funeral home and they will help.


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Visitation

Saturday

9

Feb

10:00 AM 2/9/2019 10:00:00 AM - 12:30 PM 2/9/2019 12:30:00 PM
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home

US 41
Stephenson, MI 49887

Anderson Diehm Funeral Home
US 41 Stephenson 49887 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

9

Feb

12:30 PM 2/9/2019 12:30:00 PM
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home

US 41
Stephenson, MI 49887

Anderson Diehm Funeral Home
US 41 Stephenson 49887 MI
United States
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