Stengel, Dr. Ralph Charles, DC.,
was born July 17, 1927 and died at Jewish Hospital July 10, 2014.
He was a graduate of St. Therese Grade School, DuPont Manual High School and Palmer University in Davenport, IA with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic. He was certified in post-graduate studies at National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Stengel was a Marine veteran of World War II. He retired after fifty years of practice in chiropractic in the Germantown neighborhood in Louisville, where he supported many neighborhood efforts.
He served as a past-president of the KY Association of Chiropractic, a member of the KY Chiropractic Association where he was named Chiropractor of the Year in 1989 and 2011, a life-long member of the Downtown YMCA and previously served on its Board of Directors. Dr. Stengel was a former board and staff member of the Kentuckiana Children's Center, and was a member of the Downtown Lions Club since 1961, serving a term as president and was a trustee of the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. In May 2011, he was inducted into the Kentucky Lions Hall of Fame. A devout Catholic, he was a member of St. Stephen Martyr and St. James parishes and a stout supporter of Right to Life of Louisville where he received the Dr. Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian of the Year Award in 1999.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mary Rose Stengel; brothers, Robert, Gene and Richard; sisters, Mildred Flaherty and Dorothy Ruf.
Survivors include his wife, the former Charlotte Miller; brothers, Vincent and Gilbert Stengel and many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws who loved him dearly.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Ratterman and Sons, 3800 Bardstown Road. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Church, 1826 Edenside Avenue with burial in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation or Kentucky Right to Life.
Ratterman & Sons Funeral Home
3800 Bardstown Road Louisville, KY 40218
Published in The Courier-Journal from July 12 to July 14, 2014