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Ronald M. “Mike” Underwood

Oct 21, 1953 - Jan 16, 2019


Ronald M. “Mike” Underwood, age 65, passed away January 16th, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born October 21st, 1953 in Mendota, Illinois to Ronald and Pauline (Innis) Underwood. Ron attended Earlville High School and Joliet Junior College where he earned a degree in Horticulture. On December 13th, 1975 he was united in marriage to Diana J. Rieke. Ron was employed as a groundskeeper at several golf courses before retiring from Poly Vinyl Company in 2014.

Ron is survived by his wife Diana, son Michael (Sharon Zarter), daughter Jennifer, and his parents Ronald and Pauline Underwood of Cedarburg, WI. He is further survived by his brothers, Ken, Tim, and Dan as well as cousins, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and good friends. Ron was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents James and Dorothy Innis and his paternal grandparents Shelby and Dorothy Underwood.

Ron loved a good practical joke, golfing, playing his guitars and going camping every summer. Ron was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, and Cubbies. He was happiest surrounded by friends and family.

A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 South 12th Street, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Online condolences may be expressed at

Memorial donations may be made to the Earlville Community Historical Society or Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in lieu of flowers.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.


Date: Sunday Jan 20, 2019
Time: 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home [map]



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Gloria D Hayes

After all this time I was made aware of Mikes passing. My heart breaks to hear about this and read it. I am Mikes' Aunt. Watching him from a little tot to adulthood was my pride and joy. I remember so well, babysitting for the children in Earlville and the joys of Sunday visits in the raveen. Seems time changes everything but the memories we keep within for all of our time. Rest in peace Mike and God bless his family. I love you.

Ron Kukuk

I was saddened to receive the news of Mike's passing. He was a year behind me in high school, so we should not have been that close. But Mike was a fellow "Gaslighter" and "Sound Invader", so we spent a lot of time together. Band practice in Boltz's garage, the empty farmhouse at our place, and of course playing at dances. He was always there with a guitar solo or a funny remark.

Brian Rieke

Diana, very sorry for your loss. Sending our love.

Larry Burd

So sorry to hear about Skegwood passing. He was such a character in school. Everyone's nickname ended in igon. Just like Dave Innins was Unigon. Always laughing..

Doris Boozel Inness

Ron & Pauline, I am so very very sorry to hear of the death of your son. May you all be blessed.

Charles lane

God bless you in this time of grief ........

Stephanie Kennedy

I am so, so sorry for your loss. I hold such a special place in my heart for your entire family...I loved Mike he always called me his little sister!!!! This little sister will miss him heart is broken such a very big loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. I send my love to you all Sincerely, Steph

Dennis McLean

Diana and your family sorry for you loss.

Gina Rieke

I am so very sorry and I had no idea his health was in jeopardy. Wish I were there to give hugs and support.

Nick Rave

Diana; I just learned of Mike’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss and please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Nick Rave

Susan Weiland

Mike was just a little younger than me and I remember him from our prekindergarten days in Earlville. He is my nephews cousin and in that tiny town everyone knew everyone . He had a sparkle in his eye and wouldn’t say no to mischief. I am saddened to hear of his death. My deepest condolences to his wife and children and his parents Ron and Pauline. He will be missed by so many.

Frank & Carol MccKeever

The McKeever's are very sad to see this about our good friend and golf buddy. Diana please know we are thinking about you and your family. Frank & Carol McKeever

Jennifer Underwood

I miss you Daddy.

Jodi Rosenthal

We always enjoyed listening to "Skeg" when he played with the band Tanglefoot. He always had a smile on his face and made time to talk to people. He will be missed.

steve becker

Joseph V Heidemann

Ronny was one of a kind, he loved his family, music, and friends. You were guaranteed a laugh or at least a smile while you were in his presence. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

Pat Poremba

Mike and family, My deepest condolences to you.

Billy Gerard

To the Underwood families. Very sorry for your loss. May God Bless and comfort all of you.

Terry Underwood

I’m saddened to hear that Mikey has passed away and extend my deepest sympathy to Ron and Pauline and to his family. We were almost the same age, and we spent a lot of time together playing music and talking about the world, especially in younger years. He was among the most fun and the funniest people I’ve ever known. He was more of a brother than a nephew to me. He was one of a kind and will be missed.

Vicki Gast Steward

Dear Diana and family, I am very sorry to hear about Skegwood! I have many fond memories from school, laughter was defintely a key note!! he was loved by all and will I am so sorry to hear this sad news ! I have have many fond memories of all the fun times in school, jokes and laughter were his trademark!! A lot of joy!! He will be missed by many and loved by all!!!!

Mike and Lisa Mc Donnough

Our deepest condolences, Ronnie was a great guy, so fun to talk to, always had a smile and said a good morning at work and would say something funny to brighten my day. Sure miss him. Lisa Mc Donnough

Dennis Underwood

So very sorry for your loss Your family is in our thoughts Dennis & Joyce Underwood

Slam & Melissa Buffington

Mike is a guy that will always be with us. His with and sence of humor was awesome. As a schoolmate he was always uplifting. When he married my friend Diana it was easy to learn a beautiful person like her loves a man with humor and a smile. They shared that with all. God bless.

John Leonard

My wife Mary and I extend our sympathies to the entire family. So sorry to hear of this loss. I have many good memories of growing up with Mike or as we called him in those years, Skegwood.

Bonnie Sutcliff Trostel

Sending many prayers today another angel has his wings..

Haley Lenders

Sending love and hugs to you all!

Bob and Lois Jornlin

We are very sorry to hear this news. Our sincere sympathy to Mike’s wife and family and to Ron and Pauline, his parents. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Gail Duy

So sorry for your loss.

Susanne Kaminky

Diana and family, I am so saddened by the news of Skegwood's earthly passing. I grew up with Mike living in my neighborhood and he was a very big part of my high school years. He gave us many a ride on the golf cart. I can't think of him without a smile or laugh. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. The world will miss you, Skeg. Sue Kaminky

Pam Hook

Kevin McLean

Diana, I’m so sorry to learn of Mike passing. Such sad news. My condolences to you, Jennifer and Mike. Regards, Kathy and Kevin McLean

Julie Budwine

Our condolences for the loss of Mike. He was such a fuuny guy, always making us laugh. There were times he was really ornary and Uncle Ronnie would give him a look, I really don't think he was scared. My heart breaks for his family, for Uncle Ronnie and For Aunt Pauline, he is now dancing wiyh our father. R.I.P. cousin!!

Jack Naus

Mike, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss, thoughts of you and your family are in my prayers. Jack

Lori Brockman Bennett

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Aunt Sandy

We are so sorry for your loss, Mike will really be missed..he always had a great smile for everybody he met..loved listening to his music and love him so I much.

Shari A Walters

My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Merry cubbageMerry(Sutcliff)

RIP Mike, you will truly be missed.. I'm Glad that we found each other again on FB, and stayed in touch that way. Love and miss Cuz.

Ken Underwood

I’m sure gonna miss you big brother - I love you!!❤️❤️❤️

Bill and Casandra Mitchell

Ron, Pauline and Diana, Sending our sincere sympathy and hugs to your entire family. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

Deb and Brian Pilz

Our deepest sympathy! We have so many fun memories! Packer vs Bears games were the best! Our families grew up together and had so many good times! Ron will always be in our hearts! Diana, Jennifer, Mike and Sharon, we love you and wish we could be with you during this time!

Julie “Landers” Long

He was always a joy to listen to and laugh with, Bless his family left behind

Lynn and Ron KRUSE

Diana and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Didn't know that Mike was ill so is a shock! May all your memories help you through this difficult time.God will keep you in his care. Lynn and Ron

Marilyn Thayer

Skeggwood as I knew him was a character I’ll long remember. Besides thinking of him with Diane I picture him on the golf course or doing something related. Praying for his children and sweet Diane as you all find your new normal. May he Rest In Peace. Love the Thayer’s from Earlville

Paul Sucherman

So very sorry to hear the news...what a great guy, big smile, warm soul...he'll be sorely missed! Hugs to all :-(

Jackie Johnson

Please know how very sorry I am to hear about Mike. I loved him dearly. Love to all of you.

Kay Robbins

Sending love to your family; Ron is now at rest,