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Ralph Bliese (1935 - 2012)

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Ralph W. Bliese

Ralph W. Bliese, 77, of the town of Wausau, entered his heavenly home on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born to Walter and Marie (Kroenig) Bliese on June 20, 1935, in Wausau. He married the former Phyllis Walters on April 12, 1958, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in the town of Pine River.

Ralph was a self-made man. In 1965, he started Valley Scale Service with two people. In 1983, he purchased the Green Bay distributorship. In 1987, he purchased Thomas Johnson Scale in Rice Lake and merged that business into the Valley Scale operation. Ralph retired in 1996 due to health issues. The business was sold to three of his children who worked there. Currently he also has a grandson full time and two grandchildren part time working in the business he successfully launched. Ralph was also an electrician, learning the trade during his two years of service in the U.S. Army. He was a charter member of the Easton-Hewitt-Wausau Lions Club and a member of AmVets.

He was a wonderful mentor and provider for his kids and grandkids. He will be greatly missed by all who loved him. Rest in peace.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Lynn (Donald) Budnik of Hatley, their children, Nathan (Beth) of Luxemburg and Adam (Maria) of Wausau, Lori Weber of Wausau, daughter, Brittney, Darrel (Patty) Bliese of Rice Lake, their children, Tyler, Courtney and Sam, Karla (Edwin) Davidowski of Ringle, their children, Logan and Kasi, Duane (Peggy) Bliese of Wausau, their children, Amber (Travis) and Damon of Wausau, Kevin (Renae) Bliese of Little Suamico, their children, Kendra and Brianna, Brad (Anissa) Bliese of Wausau, their children, Emma, Karina, and Axel; two great-grandchildren, Brogan Bliese and Mason Budnik; and sisters, Dorothy Schoepke of Fond du Lac and Janet Widule of Schofield.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilbur, Dennis, and Raymond Bliese; and sisters, Lucille Brandt, Arlene Schroeder, and Ruth Worden.

A celebration of his life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Church, 709 Sixth St., Wausau, with Rev. Steven Gjerde officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, and again at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas.

You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.

The family would like to thank the cardiovascular specialists, nurses, doctors, and staff in the Cardiovascular ICU at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the compassionate care provided to Ralph.

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012
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