Douglas Ruhnke, 62
April 24, 1953 -- Aug. 21, 2015
Douglas Ruhnke, 62, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his Marshfield home, surrounded by his girls, on Friday, Aug. 21, 2015, following a brief battle with cancer.
Doug was born April 24, 1953, to Frederick and Elizabeth Ruhnke in West Bend. After graduating from high school, he joined the West Bend News as a pressman, eventually working his way up to managing the press crew and finally to the position of general manager. In 1985, Doug and the family moved to Marshfield, where he managed the print shop of the Marshfield Clinic for 20 years.
It was while working at the newspaper in West Bend that he met the love of his life — fellow employee Carolee Kellogg. They married June 16, 1979, and formed a family with her three young daughters from her previous marriage — Deirdre, Sara and Cathy. After 34 years of marriage, Carolee Ruhnke preceded her husband in death Aug. 15, 2013.
Doug is survived by their three married daughters and sons-in-law: Deirdre McCormick and Jim Cole of Peshtigo, Sara McCormick and Walter (Scott) Bischoff of Marshfield, and Cathy and Erik Nieman of Centreville, Virginia. His grandchildren are McCormick Cole, Samantha McCormick Bischoff, Tyler Robert Nieman and Brayden Lee Nieman.
Doug is also survived by three older brothers, Frederick and Shirley Ruhnke of West Bend, Gerald and Fran Ruhnke of West Bend, and Robert and Colleen Ruhnke of Kewaskum; and by his only sister, Lisa, who made his final journey easier.
Visitation will be at Remb’s Funeral Home (300 S. Oak Ave, Marshfield) on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. In accordance with Doug’s wishes, friends are invited to join the family for a luncheon and beverages at Brown’s Bar (504 E. Fourth St., Marshfield) following the visitation. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends remember Doug as a family man whose life centered on his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and family camping, as long as he could make the occasional trip to town “to get milk for the kids.” He was fond of his sons-in-law and enjoyed spending time and sharing a beer or two with them. The affection was mutual.
Doug was a generous man and a constant friend who could be counted on to pitch in on a project or a problem. Doug and Carolee were a sociable couple who liked a good party. They loved to dance — even in supermarket aisles when they felt so inclined. They were openly affectionate in public, holding hands and kissing each other hello and goodbye.
Doug was a kind and gentle man of few words and an impish sense of humor. He will be missed and remembered fondly by those who knew him.
Almost two years to the day after the death of his beloved wife, Doug is reunited with Carolee. That undoubtedly suits them both just fine.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com.