Kalies, Ralph F.
Ralph F. Kalies Sr., age 85 of Omro, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh. He was born in Brillion to the late Carl Sr. and Emma (Maertz) Kalies on August 28, 1928. On February 19th, 1951 he married Elaine Kollath, she preceded him in death on February 15, 2008. Ralph was a veteran
, having served in the United States Army
. He was a member of the American Legion. He loved traveling and making new friends around the country and around the world. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed to polka. He was close with his family and spent time with them at every family event and more. He encouraged his children to be all they could be, assisting them when necessary but made sure they were self-reliant.
He is survived by his children; Dr. Ralph Jr. (Gretchen Leach) Kalies, Dr. Sandra (Dr. Jeffery) Wierichs and Dr. Terry Kalies, grandchildren; Elizabeth Morrell (Jeffrey) and Peter Leach, Zachary Wierichs and Jennifer Rooyackers, brothers and sisters; Elroy (Marlene) Kalies, Betty (Pete) Zaroth, Shirley Jandrey, Virginia (Alfred) Zeimer, Nancy (Norman) Raatz, Carl Jr. (Beverly) Kalies, sisters and brothers in law; Janet Kalies, Donald Olp, Allen See, Dorothy (John) Peters, Donald (Monica) Kollath and Phyllis Bruex. Ralph is further survived by other nieces, nephews, other relatives, close neighbor Elaine and friends.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elaine, daughter in law, Barbara Kalies, sisters Doris Olp and Bonnie See, brother, Lloyd Kalies, brothers and sisters in law; Eugene Jandrey, Marlow Kollath and Victor Bruex.
A celebration of life for Ralph will be held at 1:00PM, on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St, Appleton. Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 11:00AM until the time of service. Full military honors will follow.