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Ronald J. Schaap Obituary

Ronald J. Schaap, 72, Marshall, died peacefully on Friday, June 26, 2020. He was born on July 6, 1947, in Sheboygan Falls, to Jacob and Marie (Reiss) Schaap. Ron graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1965. He married Jean Evert on July 21, 1978 in Pewaukee.

Ron spent his career working to advance the holstein breed and supporting the dairy industry. After high school he worked for Pinehurst Farms, eventually becoming a herdsman. In 1984, Ron became a classifier for the Holstein Association. Even after retiring, he continued to work in the dairy industry as a contributor to Dairy Agenda Today.

Ron loved watching sports, talking cows, telling stories, making jokes, and staying connected with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife (Jean), his two children, Andrew (Tara) Schaap of Wichita, Kansas and Ruth Schaap of Lake Mills, and two grandchildren.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his only sister, Nancy Schaap.

Due to the current pandemic, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, watch a Badger game and toast a good man.


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Fritz and Ruthi Holschbach
June, 30 2020
Ron Schaap, A well respected man in the Dairy Industry. Always looked forward to seeing him at World Dairy Expo and other Dairy Events. Ron we will miss you. Our Sympathy to you Jean, and your family, God Bless, Fritz and Ruthi Holschbach
Mike Holschbach
June, 30 2020
I have memories of our friend Ronnie as early as 5 years old when our family would visit from Lakeside. It was my privilege, along with hundreds of other 4-H'ers in Sheboygan County, to be coached by Ronnie. Among my favorite memories was his annual challenge to the team, "I'll take everyone out for steak dinner at Quella's (a local favorite) if you win the contest." (an entire team of 10) Well... our team won twice as Jr. and three times as Sr. In our championship year he confidently told us before the contest that he had already made the reservations! During the most successful years for the Pinehurst show string, the group traveled tens of thousands of miles and one year produced three DIFFERENT champions at all three national shows. They were cared for by a very talented team on the road, many have gone on to be Klussendorf Award recipients. But it is my belief that all would point to Ronnie as the biggest reason for their success, the guy at home with them 365 days a year! He was a great cow man, but to me an even better friend. RIP Coach
John Steinhoff
June, 29 2020
Amen Dan. You summed up what Ronnie was as a human being and a cow man. RIP Jake.
Dan Cnossen
June, 29 2020
Ronny was not a good man, he was a great man. He had so many talents. Most people don't know that he coached the Sheboygan County 4/H dairy judging team to the national title and one of the members of that team, Mike Holschbach, was first in reasons and first individual nationally. He loved Al McGuire and the Marquette Warriors. He was one of the most avid high school basketball fans anywhere. His knowledge of pedigrees on Registered Holsteins was in a category above most. And all this before he served the whole country as one of the great classifiers, having a cow side manner copied by many but never duplicated. Because of the area offices the Midwest got to experience Ron's expertise more than the rest of the country which was their loss. He was a friend of the breed and loved the camaraderie of our industry. His love for Jean and Andy and Ruthie never wavered. He told me a month ago that he was confident in his heavenly home but he sure was going to miss his multitude of friends. Not as much as we will miss you Ronnie. We will join in that toast down the road Jake. You are very much loved and missed.