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Robert J. Ferkovich

DE PERE, Wis. — Robert J. Ferkovich, 88, passed away peacefully in the morning hours of May 26, 2020, in De Pere.

He was born Jan. 19, 1932, in Hurley. On July 16, 1955, he married Virginia Chouinard.

He worked at local mines, was a cross-country truck driver, worked for the city of Hurley and retired while working for the county. He was also involved in the local drum corps and was an Iron County highway commissioner. He was a strong man who had a heart which always supported the underdog. He was very involved with his family, spending most of his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Virginia B. (Chouinard) Ferkovich; parents, John and Ann (Schwab) Ferkovich; his brother, Jack Ferkovich, and sister, Donna Priante.

He is survived by his two daughters, Roberta J. (Gary) Mack and JuleAnn (Denis) Schadrie; grandchildren, Tina M. (James) Gerovac-Lavasseur, Hallie B. Gerovac, Matthew R. Gerovac, Robert J. (fiancee Katie) Schadrie and Nicholas (Kaitlin) Schadrie; great-grandchildren Allison R. Clemens, Erik J. Gerovac, Corey J. Hagstrom, Emily E. Hagstrom and Harper Schadrie.

Robert is further survived by his brother, Donald (Lolly) Ferkovich; a sister, Mary Ann “Pee Wee” (Jack) Seal; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

As grandpa would say, “This old cat’s gotta go.”

The family would like to thank Caraton Commons and Unity Hospice during his final days.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to Unity Hospice or the charity of your choice. Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere is assisting the Ferkovich family. Please visit to extend online condolences.