RALPH W. PIEPHO
Ralph W. Piepho, age 84, of Faribault, died on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.
Funeral services will be held at St. Luke's Church, Faribault, on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Aaron Brockmeier officiating. Interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault, with military rites provided by Central Veterans Association.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, on Monday, June 23, 2014 from 3 to 7 p .m. and also at the church on Tuesday for one hour prior to the service.
Ralph W., the son of Clarence and Anna (Schuenke) Piepho, was born on April 20, 1930 in Faribault. Ralph attended Lincoln Elementary School and Faribault High School, graduating in 1948. He had various jobs and on January 16, 1950 was hired at Mc Quay International. In December of 1950, Ralph enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was honorably discharged in December 1954 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Ralph returned to Faribault where he met Joyce Marie Pumper who he fell in love with and married on August 27, 1955 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Faribault. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2008. Ralph returned to work at Mc Quay's after his discharge from the Air Force and worked at Mc Quay's until his retirement in 1995 and was credited with 45 years of service.
He is survived by six children, Randy (Diane) Piepho of Faribault, Lori Lee of Faribault, Karen Piepho and Laurie Novitsky of Spring Lake Park, Gary (Candace) Piepho of New York, Pamela (Randy) Bisping and Scott Piepho (and special friend, Shondra), all of Faribault; 10 grandchildren, Todd Piepho, Vicki and Ben Lee, Stevie Humphrey, Mitchell Piepho, Ryan, Chelsea and Matt Bisping, Brittani and Maddie Piepho; four great grandchildren, Tyler Piepho, Brandon Lee, Josephine Humphrey and Carson Cramer; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; and six siblings, Ethel Schuette, Donald Piepho, Valeria Bauer, Evelyn Mensing, Helen Berke, Mildred DuChene and Darlene Gerald.
Name: Christine Sorensen
Date: Sunday June 22, 2014
Dear Pam and Family, My prayers are with you all during this time. Though I did not really get to know Ralph, I loved Joyce. May your Dad's memory be a blessing. Christine Sorensen
Name: Larry and Donna Oraskovich
Date: Thursday June 19, 2014
Pam and family. There is sadness in our hearts to hear about the loss of your dad. We were next door neighbors to Ralph and Joyce for more than 10 years. During that time we enjoyed visiting with them and having some good laughs about various things. Your dad was a truly genuine person and the good memories of him we pray will help you through the sadness of letting him go. He will be your guiding angel along with Joyce for all of you. Larry and Donna