Ronald Schallenkamp, 84, of Sioux Falls passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, August 2 at his home.
A funeral mass will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at St Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls. Lunch will take place after the service, followed by inurnment at St. Michael’s Cemetery. Visitation with family present will be held from 5 - 7 p.m. on Monday, also at St. Joseph Cathedral, with a prayer service to begin at 7 p.m.
Ronald Francis Schallenkamp was born on the family farm near Bridgewater to Frances and Henry (Shorty) Schallenkamp on April 2, 1934. He grew up loving nature and the outdoors with his three brothers and two sisters on the family farm. At a young age, he took piano lessons, and that set his path for his love of music throughout the rest of his life. Ron continued his love of music by attending DePaul University in Chicago, receiving a degree in music. He obtained his masters in music from the University of South Dakota.
He married the love of his life, Mary Josephine Warn, on May 18, 1957. Ron and Mary Jo welcomed five children into their family, Mary Beth, Dona, Amy, Josephine and Steve.
Ron loved his family, playing the organ and piano, directing his choirs, pheasant hunting, fishing, red plastic glasses filled with orange juice, his grandchildren, ice cream, O’Gorman football, playing cards and Dominos, birds, his yard, writing music, and Blanche Lake in no particular order. He didn’t like squirrels, pink flamingos or dogs in the house.
Ron shared his everlasting faith in the Lord with those around him by directing the choirs and playing the organ at St. Joseph’s Cathedral for 50 plus years of his life and attending Mass every Sunday. He worked sharing his love of music with students by teaching at Sioux Falls Public School, O’Gorman, Cathedral, Sioux Falls College and giving piano lessons.
He traveled to many wonderful places in the United States and in Europe on trips with Mary Jo and his choirs. His most cherished times were at his home and family lake cabin, creating special bonds and memories with Mary Jo, their children and grandchildren.
Those grateful to have shared his incredible life are wife Mary Jo, daughters Mary Beth (Jim) Hommes, Dona (Harlan Krueger) Schallenkamp, Amy Isaacson, Josephine Schallenkamp, and son Steve (Jan) Schallenkamp. Grandchildren Maggie (Matt), Stephanie (Cory), Anthony (Amanda), Michaelin, Jim (Fallon), John, Josh (Jill), Jen (Craig), Luke (Monica), Chris (Kelsey), Ryan (Kaitlyn), Danny, Mike, Agnes, Matt, Abby and James. Fifteen great-grandchildren and his brothers Lloyd (Mary), Bob (Judy) and sisters Eileen and Marge. In-laws Donna Bunkers and Linda (Jim) Feterl and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Ernie, brothers in-law George Fischette, Ken Byington, Gerry Bunkers and grandson Devin. www.kinzleyfh.com.