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It is with great sadness that the family of Ralph R. Rohnke announce his passing at Rosetown & District Health Centre, Rosetown, Sask. on December 2, 2012 with his family at his side.
Ralph was born on the family farm north of Luseland on January 29, 1924 to Paul and Christina Rohnke. He attended school in Luseland until grade ten, then finished school at Prairie Institute graduating on May 24, 1943. During the war he helped on the farm while his brother Albert was serving in the Air Force and brother Henry served in the Army. After the war he started work at Royal Canadian Motors in Salvador, where he worked as accountant, parts man, mechanic and salesman. On November 25, 1946 he married our mother Phyllis Archibald. In 1952 he obtained his apprentice mechanics papers and in 1958 completed his journeyman's papers. He repaired radios in his spare time, and was a spare school bus driver. In the winter he was an avid curler, and years later a spectator. In 1959 he opened United Tire Exchange in Biggar and then worked for a time at Kohlberg Sales & Service in Biggar. In 1963 he gained employment with Western Sales working there until his retirement. Dad spent his retirement years keeping tabs on the stock market, attending coffee row and watching curling.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Sherril and son Daryle both of Rosetown; sister-in-law Lillian Rohnke of White Rock, B.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Phyllis; parents Paul and Christina (née Wagner) Rohnke; brother Albert; half brother Henry and half sister Alvina; sister-in-law Bertha and brother-in-law Otto.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Rosetown Cemetery. Memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Rosetown United Church. Donations in memory of Ralph may be directed to Children's Wish Foundation of Canada, Saskatchewan Chapter, 3602 Millar Avenue, P.O. Box 309, Saskatoon, SK. S7K 3L3 or the Alex Ositis Foundation, P.O Box 1251, Rosetown, SK, S0L 2V0. Condolences may be sent to www.shanidarfuneralservices.com. Pierre A. Charpentier entrusted with the arrangements.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Dec. 7, 2012