Obit: Will, Ralph J. (1924 - 2009)
Will, Hebert, Hackel, Schaffer, Zrutskie, Runge, Schleicher, Elkin,
Rasmussen, Dudley, Zak, Edblom, Schilling
Marshfield News Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Saturday, 12
J. (22 Feb. 1924 - 10 Dec. 2009)
Ralph J. Will, 85, of Colby, peacefully passed away at his home,
surrounded by his family, on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.
Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at St. Mary's
Catholic Church, in Colby, with the Rev. Ben Hackel officiating. A
gathering for family and friends will be held at the church Tuesday
from 10 a.m. until time of service. A private family burial will
take place in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, in Colby, at a later
Will was born on Feb. 22, 1924, in Colby, the son of Frank and
Margaret (Schaffer) Will. He was raised and received his education
in the Colby area, graduating from Colby High School in 1942. Ralph
was united in marriage to Arlene Hebert on April 14, 1945, at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Colby. Together they operated a dairy
farm in the township of Green Grove, and Ralph also owned and
operated a milk-hauling business for 50 years. After retiring,
Ralph had many interests, but especially enjoyed woodworking,
repairing lawnmowers, maintaining and driving his 1941 Chevrolet in
parades, and building/giving train rides for children at local
festivities. He especially loved spending time with his family,
listening and dancing to polka music, and visiting with old
Ralph was a
lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Colby, and served
on the boards of several local co-ops, including Harmony and Clark
He will be
dearly missed by Arlene, his wife of 64 years; five children,
Judith (Terry) Zrutskie of Melbourne, Fla., Jo Ann (Duane) Runge of
Colby, Robert (Kim) Will of Colby, Lynette (Dave Dudley) Will of
Marshfield and Rona Will of River Falls; 12 grandchildren, Tammy
Schleicher, Marlee Zrutskie, Shannah Schmitt, Tayt Runge, Dana
Elkin, Shane Will, Jessica Will, Trisha Will, Adam Rasmussen,
Dillon Dudley, Courtney Zak and Cole Zak; nine great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Zona (Arlyn) Edblom of Colby and Doris Schilling of
Abbotsford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Wendee Lou; and two
brothers, Donald and Neland Will.
In lieu of
flowers, Ralph's family requests that memorials be given to St.
Mary's Restoration Fund.
condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com.
Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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