- November 30, 1931 - October 9, 2016
- Rapid City, South Dakota
of Ralph's Passing
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West Funeral Home
Ralph Gustav Glatzl died at his home in Rapid City, SD, on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
Ralph was born on Nov 30, 1931 in Durbin, ND (3 miles south of Casselton, ND) to Gust and Marie Glatzl. He attended school in Casselton, ND, and graduated in 1950 from Lincoln High School. He entered the United States Army in 1952, with basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, and was stationed in Japan and Korea, where he guarded prisoners of war for 19 months. He was honorably discharged in 1954. He was a lifetime VFW Post 4655 member and received the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal from the Republic of Korea on January 12, 2016.
He married Carol Muscha in Harvey, ND, on June 1, 1964. They made their home in Casselton until moving to Rapid City in 2002.
Ralph worked at Holt Implement Company in Casselton as a mechanic and parts man from 1955 until his retirement in 1997. After retirement, he worked for Jack Dalrymple's Farm until moving to Rapid City. He continued to return to Casselton to work on the farm during the planting and harvesting seasons from 2002 through 2014. He also worked part time at Mel's Auto Body in Rapid City from February 2005 until March 2016.
Ralph enjoyed gardening, fixing things, and tinkering in his workshop -- all while listening to the Minnesota Twins on the radio. He especially enjoyed making things for his grandchildren, like doll houses, barns, night stands, trophy cases, etc. He was a terrific mechanic and could fix anything—with limited resources! He spent much of his free time helping friends and relatives with their mechanical problems. Ralph enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh. He was affectionately called "Papa" by his grandchildren, and their favorite expression of Papa's was "Holy Buckets!"
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Frank (Cindy) of Cedar Park, TX, Janet (Marlow) Scherbenske, and Mary (Bob) Jacobs, both of Rapid City, SD; six grandchildren: Morgan Glatzl of Cedar Park, Kolton, Tad, and Drew Scherbenske, and Allison and Aidan Jacobs, all of Rapid City; sister, Leona Kennedy of Sioux Falls, SD; brother-in-law, Bernard Januscheitis of Moorhead, MN; uncles: Joe, Ed, and Leo Marek; and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Doris Pridmore, Francis Glatzl, and Dorothy Januscheitis; and brothers-in-law, Bernard Kennedy and Roy Pridmore.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 16 at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Casselton from 6-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm as well as one hour before the funeral. Funeral services will take place at St Leo's on Monday, Oct 17, 2016 at 10 am. Interment will follow at St. Leo's Cemetery.
31 6th Ave N Casselton, ND 58012
Tel. (701) 282-6699