Ralph Wil­liam Schessler passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Rennes Nursing Home in Rhine­lander, Wis., at the age of 90.

He was born on Jan. 8, 1931, to William and Louise (Hauser) Schessler in Waukesha, Wis.

Ralph served in the National Guard and was deployed to Fort Lewis during the Korean War.

He took pride in being a part of Waukesha history by owning Ralph’s Carwash on Hartwell Avenue.

He enjoyed traveling for much of his life and even started his own travel agency to share this passion with others. At this time he settled in the southwest of the United States for many years including Arizona, New Mexico and California.

He devoted much of his life to the church including singing in the choir and being an Elder.

Later in his life he moved to Eagle River, Wis., to spend more time with his family.

Ralph is survived by his children, Mark (Deb Rusy) Schessler, Laurie (Richard) Dahl and David (Terri) Schessler. He was the proud grandfather of Luke, Sean, Craig, Ben, Stevi, Kelsey, Trevor, Caitlin, and Connor; and great-grandfather of Gabriel, Titus, Asher, Laila, Melissa, Brinlee, Dominic, Oliver and Elowyn. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Shirley Hathaway; brother, David Schessler; and his granddaughter, Alicia Dahl. 

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends but his memory will live on through them.

A private memorial ser­vice is planned at a later date this summer. 

The family would appreciate memorials to the Vilas Food Pantry.

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River. Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.