Ralph Oltmann

Ralph D. Oltmann, 87, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away at Tidewell Hospice House in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Friday, May 9, 2014.

He was born on July 3, 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Henry Oltmann and Anna Berger Oltmann. Ralph came to Punta Gorda in 1972 from the Poconos Mountain area of Pennsylvania. He was a building contractor for many years before his retirement. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church of Punta Gorda, Fla., a member of the American Legion Post 103 of Punta Gorda, Fla. and the VFW of Charlotte Harbor, Fla. and an avid fisherman.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 75th Infantry in the Rhineland campaign and Central Europe campaign, receiving the Bronze Star. Ralph was a 30-year Master Gardener.

He is survived by his wife Dolores of Punta Gorda, Fla.; his three sons, Rick (Linda) Oltmann of Port Charlotte, Fla., Larry Oltmann of Punta Gorda, Fla. and Steve (Yvonne) Oltmann also of Punta Gorda, Fla.; his daughter, Linda Frantz of Punta Gorda, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, 4005 Palm Drive, Punta Gorda, Fla., with the burial at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery with military honors.

Please visit the online tribute for Ralph D. Oltmann at HYPERLINK "http://www.kays-ponger.comto" www.kays-ponger.comto to sign the register book and offer condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Published in News Journal from May 12 to May 13, 2014