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Ralph Durrschmidt, 1920-2013, age 93, was born Oct. 13, 1920 in St. Jacob Germany to Elsa Marie Koch and George Paul Durr-schmidt and died Nov. 1, 2013. In 1925 he and his family immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in Middle Village, New York. Ralph was accepted into the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and honorably served his country during World War II. His love for the sea led to a lifelong passion for sailing and for model ship construction, ultimately earning him many awards and recognitions. He took much pride in the fine detailing that is necessary to create realistic ship models. Ralph married Esther Elizabeth Graulig in 1945, and they raised six children together. He was a former resident of Westbury, New York and Northport, New York where he enjoyed a career as an electrical engineer for the Long Island Lighting Company. He was also a volunteer firefighter for 11 years, acting as Captain of Engine Company 4 in Westbury during his residency there. After retirement from LILCO the couple moved to Port Orange, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, a twin sister Edith (Erb) and a son, Paul Durrschmidt. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Esther; four daughters, Carol (Raymond) Haskell; Janet Durrschmidt; Gail (Bill) Heig; Nancy (Joel) Bender; and one son Richard Durrschmidt; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. At Ralph's request there is no Memorial Service planned.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Dec. 5, 2013