Ralph J. Danzinger, age 88 of Durand, died Friday, May 11, 2018 at his home in the Town of Canton, rural Durand, with his family by his side.
Ralph was born on May 10, 1930 to Joe and Rose (Meixner) Danzinger in the Town of Lima, rural Durand. Ralph grew up in the Town of Lima and attended Holy Rosary Catholic School. Ralph was drafted into the U.S. Army in August of 1951, served during the Korean War, attained the rank of Sergeant and was Honorably Discharged in 1953. Ralph married Carol Karshbaum on February 5, 1953 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lima. After marriage, they farmed side by side and raised their family in the Town of Canton, rural Durand. Over the years, Ralph and Carol hosted many farmers from South America and welcomed several foster children and exchange students into their home.
Ralph just wanted to be a farmer and until the fall of 2017, he was still driving tractor. He also enjoyed square dancing, traveling across the country and abroad with Carol, playing cards and playing jokes. Ralph was a life-long member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Durand American Legion Post #181. Most of all, Ralph loved to spend time with his family and friends especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 65 years; Carol, children; Daniel (Helen), Susan (Steven) Ward all of Durand, Sally (George) Hayden of Mondovi, Donald (Jackie) of Durand, James (Marcia) of Eau Claire, Joe (Lori) of Mondovi, Samuel (Janet), Molly (Charles) Weisenbeck, all of Durand, 24 grandchildren and 36 great grandchildren, one brother; Bernard (Donna) of Durand, two sisters; Ruth Pittman of Durand and Judy Danzinger of Eau Claire, a special exchange student; Celine Bernard of France, a close family friend, Kim Austell and family of St. Paul, MN, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one grandson; Christian Danzinger in infancy, one brother; Jerome and one sister; Dolores Flesch.
Funeral Mass will be 11:30 AM Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church-Lima in Durand. Rev. Paul Bosco will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Durand American Legion Post #181 of Durand. Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Monday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday.
Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.