Ralph was born on May 9, 1931, in Kentucky to William and Virginia Lucille (Tyree) Barton. He graduated from Boy’s Tech High School, Milwaukee, WI. Ralph married Alice Earsley Schuenke on March 13, 1965. She preceded him in death on June 14, 1994. He worked for the City of Milwaukee in their public works department. He and Alice moved out to Whitewater after he retired and built their home which became known as Rebel’s Roost Ranch. Ralph had a passion for horses, hunting, and guns. He drove a school bus for Lakeland. He enjoyed driving all the sports teams from Palmyra to their games and became fond of all the children he got to know driving them to school.
He is survived by his children James (Betty) Schuenke, Merton, WI, Jan Lubasz, Whitewater; grandchildren, Christina (Justin) Meisenheimer, Nicole Lee, Sean Schuenke, Erik (Kathy) Schuenke, Dan Schuenke; great-grandchildren Tyler, Cody, Alex, Dylan, Savanna, Kaeline, Landon, Brayden, Gavin, Paxton; daughter-in-law, Rose Schuenke; several nephews and his niece, Gaye Lynn. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Richard Schuenke; grandchildren, Anthony Schuenke, Traci Lee Lubasz; brother, Charles Barton; sister, Gloria Cash.
The family would like to invite family and friends to celebrate Ralph’s life on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at 1:00 pm at his home.
Nitardy Funeral Home, Whitewater is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com