March 26, 1931
December 29, 2013
Ralph was born in Saginaw, Michigan to parents Michaeline Mary and Anthony Kazmerski. He was the youngest of nine siblings. He lived and worked on the family farm in Michigan until enlisting in the U.S. Navy
, where he served on a destroyer during the Korean War
. After his discharge from the Navy, Ralph married Maxine Leach and they settled in Southern California where he worked at an oil refinery and did property management. Following the death of his wife in 1980, Ralph relocated to Sparks, Nevada in 1990, and invested in and managed his rental properties. He was a member of the Reno and Sparks Senior Dance Clubs. Here, he met his best friend and devoted companion, Blanche Choat. Ralph and Blanche regularly attended the twice-a-week dances, enjoyed many road trips to visit family and friends, and delighted in many camping, hunting and fishing trips in their motor home. Ralph loved to fish. Ralph was a kind and generous man. He was very talented and learned many building and repair skills necessary to maintain his properties. He could fix just about anything. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife Maxine, his parents, and his nine siblings. Ralph is survived by many nieces, nephews and numerous friends. A funeral mass is scheduled for Monday, January 6, 2014, at 10:30 AM, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2900 N. McCarren Blvd., Sparks, NV. Following the mass, burial will be at 1:00 PM, at Veteran's Cemetery, 14 Veteran's Way, Fernley, NV, with military honors and a blessing of the grave. In lieu of flowers, a donation to
or the Nevada Humane Society would be appreciated.