Ralph L. Rais (1945 - 2015)

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Ralph Leroy Rais, 70, unexpectedly passed away on Dec. 31, 2015, from natural causes at his home in Anchorage, Alaska. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. on Jan. 15, 2016, at Fort Richardson National Cemetery. Ralph was born on Aug. 9, 1945, in Redding, Calif., to Neva and Frank Rais. He graduated from Enterprise High School in 1963. He enlisted in the Army in 1967 and served with pride as a military policeman in Germany and continued his service in Alaska beginning in 1973. He received a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sharpshooter (Rifle), Expert (Pistol) and an Honorable Discharge as staff Sergeant (E6) in November 1976. He was self-employed as a Floor Covering Contractor from 1976 until he retired in 2000. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was in The Loyal Order of Moose, VA VIS Support Group and a loyal long-time fan of the Alaska Aces, hardly ever missing a home game. The family stated: "My father was a man who developed deep, strong, long lasting, loyal friendships. He loved Alaska and all that it had to offer, including: fishing, hunting and the camaraderie that exists with friends who share the same passion. He had a good sense of humor and friends say they will always remember his laugh as it came easily to him. He was always happy to help friends out and it greatly saddened him, as his eyesight deteriorated, that he was unable to continue doing so. It hurts to think that he is not here anymore. Although I can't help but smile with tears in my eyes to think of how we cherished each and every moment of our lives together. On the day I lost him, I lost a father, a friend and a confidante. Dad, you will be truly missed." He is preceded in death by his parents, Neva and Frank Rais; uncles, Bill Rais and Manuel Rais; and nephews, Brent O'Connor and Clint O'Connor. Ralph is survived by his daughter, Angie Rais; ex-wife, Helga Rais of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Clint O'Connor of Craig, Alaska; and beloved hunting buddies, Dave Sullivan, Joe Tweedy and Matt Matthews. He also leaves behind many wonderful, cherished friends from the VA, Poachers Cove and the Alaska Aces hockey games. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to Disabled American Veterans at P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or the at 801 West Fireweed Lane #103, Anchorage, AK 99503. For those who would like to attend the graveside service, please meet at the main Fort Richardson Gate off the Glenn Highway in the large parking lot at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, where the procession will be led onto the base. Later in the evening a celebration of Ralph's life will start at 6 p.m. upstairs at Gallo's Restaurant on Arctic and Dimond. Arrangements entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes Bragaw Chapel. To share words of comfort with the family please visit www.legacyalaska.com.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Jan. 10, 2016
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