Ronald E. Lewke, age 77, was taken to his forever resting place on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at his home in Columbus, WI, surrounded by family. He was born on April 1, 1945 in Columbus to Walter and Clara (Duenow) Lewke. Ron was previously married to the late Mary Sue Lewke and together had four children. He was also lucky in life to be partnered to the late Shirley A. Beckus for 18 wonderful years. He was a successful farmer, though never fully retired as true farmers don’t, and enjoyed splitting his time between Wisconsin and Texas.
Ron had a passion for life. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he was a member of the Chi-Phi fraternity and graduated with a degree in agronomy. He worked for Kraus Milling Company for 15 years, where he was the national sales manager for food sales and enjoyed meeting with clients from coast to coast. Stepping out of the jet-setting job, he chose to move to Columbus and take over the family farm. He farmed crops and raised beef cattle for over 40 years.