He was born May 11, 1918, in Crystal Valley near Houston, Minnesota.
At the age of 23, Ralph served with the 6th Infantry Division in the Pacific during World War II where he received a Purple Heart. After serving, he returned to Houston and married Eloise Hartman in June 1946. He spent the rest of his life running a farm and raising a family. Ralph had an ability to touch so many lives with only a short chuckle and a smirk. His family will always remember his ability to end a phone call not with a good bye, but with a click. He didn’t mind what others had, expecting little for himself. He looked forward to learning something new, sharing a laugh, a game of cards or a cup of coffee with a friend.
Ralph is survived by his four children, Judy (Les) Wothke, Gary (Darlene), Bruce (JoAnn) and Brian (Kris); seven grandchildren, Heidi (Pete), Tyler, Aaron, Abby, Jessie, Megan and Meredith; two great-grandchildren, Cooper and Cassidy; and sister-in-law Anita (Hartman) Lee Palmquist.
A visitation will be held at Hokah United Methodist Church Thursday, June 12 from 9 to 11 a.m., service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Hokah United Methodist or Mount Hope Cemetery.