Ralph Corwin Bleeker

RALPH CORWIN BLEEKER Born March 4, 1924, in Castlewood, SD, peacefully passed away at his home on March 23, 2013. Raised on a South Dakota farm, he joined the Navy at 17 following an 8th grade education in a one-room schoolhouse. He relocated to California where he married Jacqueline Jeanne Ries in 1949. Ralph became a successful businessman and with his wife of fifty-seven years raised five children: Linda (Steve Nagy), Neil (Mike Schwilk), Jim (Vicki Payne), Michelle (David Bowman), and Mark. Ralph and Jackie were blessed with five grandchildren: Brittany, Tyler, Jacqueline, Andrew, and Jordan. Preceded in death by Jackie in 2005, Ralph will be remembered for his wit, wink, kindness, generosity, and stubbornness. Memorial service will be held at 4:00pm, Friday, March 29, 2013 at Miller Jones Mortuary, 26770 Murrieta Rd., Sun City, CA.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 27, 2013