Richard ‘Dick’ V. Yenchesky, 80, of Wallace, Mich., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, in Boynton Beach, Fla. He was born Feb. 7, 1938, to Valentine and Dorothy (Leverenz) Yenchesky. 
     Dick was proud of the work ethic he developed both on his parents’ farm in Marion, Wis.; as well as his time on Grandma Yenchesky’s Farm in Pound, Wis. Dick spent many summers working and playing golf on his Grandpa Leverenz’s golf course, Quit-Qui-Oc Golf Course in Elkhart Lake, Wis., where he was Junior Golf Pro. During his high school years at Marion, Wis., 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, Dick married Karen Mittag of Marinette, Wis. She preceded him in death on Dec. 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 first’ and led by this philosophy throughout his career in education. Dick began his work as a biology teacher in Stephenson, Mich.; he moved to Wausaukee, Wis., in 1962 - teaching and coaching football and basketball; subsequently, he enrolled at Mott Community College in Flint, Mich., to complete an Administrative Fellowship. In 1966, at the age of 28, Dick became superintendent in Crivitz, Wis., at which time he was Wisconsin’s youngest superintendent. His 35-year career as a superintendent continued in Hilbert, Wis.; Baraga, Mich.; and back to where his career in education started - Stephenson. In 2001, Dick retired from the Unified School District of De Pere, Wis., 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, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, after 10 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m.
    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 traveling and have questions you may call the funeral home and they will help.