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Ralph E. Hartnagel
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“Shirley, Gary, Maggie, Augie, and the rest of the family, we wish you only the fondest memories of Ralph in the coming months and years. We regret...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Pete & Mary Ellen Bauer - IN

“My condolences on Mr. Hartnagel's Passing. Your family is in my prayers. May God bless and comfort you all. Kind Regards, Bud Brenneman ”
2 of 8 | Posted by: Bud Brenneman - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Gary, Connie and kids.... From our family to yours, you are in our hearts and our prayers... Jim, Raquel,Sean & Sara Russell ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Raquel Russell - North Liberty, IN

“Ralph & family, We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family in the death of your Dad. Please know that many have you in our thoughts and...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Steve & Karen-Lee Matthews - IN

“My condolences to the family. I played with ralph for many years at the ice box and always enjoyed his company. He skated with the jewish kids for...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff Sax - south bend, IN

“I am deeply sorry for your family and will pray for you. Losing a loved one is so difficult. May his memory keep you warm. Cheryl ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Geisler - South Bend, IN

“Shirley, Jack, Noel and Joyce, I was shocked and saddened to see Ralphs obit in the paper this morning. My condolences to you and all of the children...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Margi Berkley - St. Louis, MO

“Gary, so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. much of what i know about baseball i learned from him. my prayers are with you and your family in...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: jim ward - w lafayette, IN


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Ralph E. Hartnagel, Jr. of Elkhart passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012 at his home. He was born January 8, 1936 in St. Louis, Mo. to Ralph & Mildred (Flori) Hartnagel and married Shirley (Hartmann) Hartnagel on May 31, 1958. He is survived by his wife Shirley Hartnagel of Elkhart, Son, Ralph III (Chris) Hartnagel , Brett (Heather), Justin, Michael; Son, Gary (Connie) Hartnagel, Maggie, Augie, Francie; Son, Jeff (Kristen) Hartnagel , Ryan, Steven; Daughter, Karen (Dan) Oakley, Katherine, Caroline, Ben; Daughter, Christine (Jeff) Wysong, Nick, Drew, Allie. He is also survived by two brothers Jack and Noel Hartnagel and one sister Joyce (John) Krebs, all of St Louis, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mildred Hartnagel and his brother, Jamie. Ralph graduated from Coyle High School, Kirkwood, MO and Southeast MO State in Cape Girardeau, MO. His 1955 football team was inducted into SEMO State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. Ralph was employed from 1966/1995 at Miles/Bayer and was director of Toxicology. His colleagues in the toxicology department were very important to him. He was a member of The Society of Toxicology. In 1995 he was recognized for 10 years of outstanding service and expertise, as chairman of the DEET Toxicology subcommittee. Ralph loved the outdoors and sports. He participated in ice hockey at the Ice Box into his 70's and volunteered at NIBCO Ice Rink in Elkhart. He climbed Longs Peak at age 68, treasured family vacations, coached youth sports, and loved watching his grandchildren participate in athletics. Visitation will be Sunday April 29, 2012 from 4 to 7 pm at Hartzler Gutermuth Inman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Monday April 30th at Saint Vincent DePaul Catholic Church at 10 am with Father Glen Kohrman officiating services. Burial will take place following the services at Saint Vincent's Cemetery. Memorials can be given to American Cancer Society Research, Hospice and Palliative Care of Elkhart, and Catholic Charities. Hartzler Gutermuth Inman Funeral Home is in charge of all funeral arrangements.

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