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Ralph Juhl (1919 - 2013)

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Ralph W. Juhl, 94, of Waverly, Iowa, died on Oct. 11, 2013, at Bartels Skilled Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Ralph was born on April 12, 1919, in rural Plainfield in Bremer County, Iowa, the son of Anker P. and Olive M. (Wilson) Juhl. He was baptized and confirmed in the Plainfield Methodist Church, transferring his membership to Trinity United Methodist Church in 1959. He graduated from the Waverly High School in 1937. Following his schooling, Ralph helped his father on the family farm before entering the U.S. Army on Jan. 15, 1941. Ralph served with the second and fourth Armored Infantry Battalion during WWII under the command of General Patton. He was wounded in action and was transferred from a hospital in Europe back to the United States. Ralph was honorably discharged on Sept. 21, 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Service Medal and The European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal.

Ralph and Lavon R. (Ormston) were acquaintances before the war and once Ralph returned home the couple started dating. On June 9, 1946, they were united in marriage at the Evangelical Church in Waverly. The couple made their home in Waverly. In December of 1949, Ralph and his brother-in-law, Merwyn Whitney, started the Whitney-Juhl Ford Tractor Company, which operated until 1977. From 1968 to 1988, Ralph served on the Bremer County Board of Supervisors. In 1987, Ralph began working with McKee Realtors in Waverly until retiring in 2007.

Ralph was an active and faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly. He was also active in many facets of the community, local government and veterans groups. He was a life member of the AMVETS, American Legion and V.F.W. posts in Waverly. Ralph was a past State Commander of the Iowa AMVETS, past President of Iowa Association of Counties and past President of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce and a member of Rotary for many years. In his spare time, he enjoyed traveling, fishing, working and making lists of "projects" to keep his six children and their spouses busy. We can't forget that driving to and from coffee twice a day with his coffee buddies kept Ralph "occupied and busy" in the years since retirement, as did giving driving tours of his beloved town of Waverly.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 67 years, Lavon Juhl, of Waverly; six children, Peggy (Randy) Rogers, of Soldotna, Alaska; Jim (Claudia) Juhl, of Montrose, Colo.; Tom (Cindy) Juhl, of Norwalk, Iowa; Sue Juhl, of Bigfork, Mon.; Bob (Lindee) Juhl, of Janesville; and Jan (Steve) Bartlett, of Waverly; 11 grandchildren, Katie (Billy) Dawley, Chad (Allissa) Bartlett, Jessica (Paul) Dane, Jenny Rogers, Shannon (Jayakar Oguri) Juhl, Jamie Bartlett Zedeker, Jarred (Karla) Juhl, Grant Juhl, Tiffany Juhl, Doug Juhl and Valerie Juhl; and 11 great grandchildren. He is also survived by sister, Marjorie Reinhardt, of Waverly; brother, Arnie (Ruth) Juhl, of Cedar Rapids; and sister-in-law, Norma Juhl, of Storm Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents, Anker and Olive Juhl, one brother, Lester Juhl, sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Merwyn Whitney and brother-in-law Bob Reinhardt.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Waverly with Pastor Deborah Wise officiating. Visitation was on Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Waverly. Burial with Military Rites conducted by the Waverly AMVETS Post #79 will be held in Harlington Cemetery, Waverly. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bartels Skilled Care and Rehabilitation, Cedar Valley Hospice and Waterloo Honor Flight. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Published in Waverly Democrat from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, 2013
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