Ronnie W. Hunchard, August 19, 1948 - April 15, 2017

Ronnie W. Hunchard

Ronnie Hunchard, 68, of Eau Claire, WI died Saturday April 15, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, in Eau Claire.

Ronnie was born in Milford Hospital, MA on August 19, 1948 to Frances Hunchard and William J. Hunchard.  Ronnie was among the Franklin High School Alumni, MA graduating in 1966.

Ronnie married his beloved wife, Joanne Gamble June 20, 1981 in Franklin, MA. Together, they explored the countryside, camping, hiking, canoeing and enjoying the scenery and each other’s company along the way.  Their travels reached beyond the States when they went on a cruise to the Caribbean Islands and on multiple occasions visited Canada.  Ronnie was a master electrician working early in his years as the electrical inspector for the town of Franklin, MA and later as a project manager at New England Baptist Hospital. In 2005, Ronnie and Joanne moved to Eau Claire, WI to be closer to their daughter Melissa Smith, and two grandchildren, Justin and Owen Davis where he also quickly expanded his circle of close friends.  He retired at Mayo Clinic in Eau Claire, WI in August of 2016 where his daughter Melissa had also worked. Ronnie enjoyed spending time with his family and friends playing games, having dinner dates, socializing and doing just about anything.

All who knew Ronnie loved and respected him dearly.  He will be sadly missed by all and will be remembered by his caring nature, dry sense of humor, his kindness and most of all, his big heart.   He was truly a great man to all. 

Ronnie is survived by his wife Joanne Hunchard, daughter Melissa Smith, grandsons Justin Davis and Owen Davis, great-grandson Alexander Davis, sister Betty (Hunchard) Mucciarone (David Mucciarone), his two nephews, Billy Miller (Liz) and David Mucciarone (Nichole), his step-brothers Tom and Phil Whalen, his aunt Jean and Uncle Eddy Hunchard and numerous sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, aunts, uncles and cousins (Hunchards and Chestercoves).

He was preceded in death by his mother and father Frances (Hunchard) and William Hunchard and numerous aunts and uncles.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to: Mayo Clinic Parkinson’s Disease Research  1-855-852-8129.

Memorial service will take place at 1 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home with Deacon Larry Agema officiating.  Memorial visitation will take place at the funeral home on Monday morning from 11 am until the time of service.

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Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Family and friends are invited to Melissa Smith’s preceding the services for a celebration of life gathering at 511 Lake Rd, Altoona WI, 54720.


  1. THOMAS KING May 12, 2017

    I am very sorry for your loss. I knew him well as we worked hand and hand at the FOXBORO CO in Massachusetts. He was fun loving and a prankster in our younger years, He was a GREAT person always helped people out. You will miss him. Ron was always kind at heart! Ron will be in my Prayers, Tom King

  2. Mike & Judy April 25, 2017

    Our hearts go out to you Jo and Missy for the loss of your beloved and devoted husband and father, and also to Ron's many close family members and friends. Our memories are of good times and big laughs with Ronnie and Jo during holidays, at parties, going to Patriots games, on hunting trips, etc. Mike also has wonderful recollections of when older cousin, Ronnie, would take him on trips camping, 4 wheeling, hunting, and many other adventures when he was younger. He was a great cousin to have. We'll miss him very much.

  3. Joyce Adams April 23, 2017

    Farewell, my childhood friend. Sorry you're not coming home to Franklin so we could say a proper goodbye. RIP Ronnie.

  4. Jane Schmidt April 20, 2017

    Ronnie was my brother in law. He was a caring husband to my sister and an awesome father to my niece. I loved his laugh and his sneaky smile. ;) I will miss him with all my heart.
    Jo and Mel I send you love and strength to get you through this tough time.
    Love you Ronnie <3

  5. Jeff and Joy Biniok (new Jones) April 20, 2017

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  6. Debbie Williams April 20, 2017

    Dear Jo, family & friends of Ronnie,

    My heart is heavy thinking of you & what you must be going through. Jo, you & Ronnie shared a love many of us will never experience. Hold onto that, and the memories you shared together to get you through this difficult time. You've given & done so much for others over the years, now let others do what's in their hearts to help you. I'm here for you when & if you need me. Sending my love.

  7. Steve hunchard April 19, 2017

    God bless you Ron, I will have a special moment for you always when I climb into my deer stand. The great memories of deer camp up in Rangely will forever be remembered, comroderie, friendship. We are far away but I will still cherish the old times, to Jo, there is no way Kathy and I can express our deep sorrow for you and Missy. Just wish the distance wasn't so far. God bless you two.

  8. Denny Olson April 19, 2017

    I am sorry to learn of Ronnie's passing. He was always a man of integrity and a pleasure to work with. Condolences to his family.

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