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Ralph J. Danzinger

Ralph J. Danzinger

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.


  1. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our sympathy to the Danzinger families. May Ralph rest in peace.

  2. Rose Glatczak

    I'm so sorry to hear about Ralph. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Paul and Amanda Glaus

    So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. Thinking of you all and praying that the memories of Ralph will ease your pain and keep him alive in your hearts.

  4. John and Sue Flesch and Family

    Our condolences to Aunt Carol and the Danzinger Family. Uncle Ralph was a special man...we always looked forward to seeing him, joking around, and playing cards.

    He will be missed, but we are tthankful for the time we were able to spend together.

  5. Bill and Debbie Henrich

    Our deepest sympathy.
    Our prayers go out to your family.
    Love Bill, Debbie and family rcwxbfme

  6. Rick and Carol Richardson

    Sympathy to Carol and Family. Will keep all in prayer.

  7. Anita Haskins

    Bruce Haskins family send sincerely deep sympathy! God bless to the whole family!

  8. Mary and Jim Dole

    Wonderful memories of Ralph; his special chuckle, the card games and his ear to listen. Peace to the family.

  9. Carolyn Kothbauer Peterson

    My sympathy to Ralph's family. I remember Ralph as a member of our church at Lima. I also remember many times being on the farm while Carol did 4-H things with our club. Please know I am thinking about you during this sad time.

  10. Nancy and Don Campbell

    We will miss Uncle Ralph’s laughter and pranks. He was a shining light for all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Danzingers today.

  11. Denise Noll

    So sorry for your loss, prayers for peace of heart and comfort in the upcoming days.

  12. Colleen (Forster) Garnevicus and Tom Garnevicus

    To Carol and Family,
    Ralph was a prince of a guy--loving, funny, and smart--he will be missed by all who knew him, but most by his family for whom he was the heart. You are in our prayers. Colleen and Tom

  13. Jane and Ron

    Ralph was rural cornerstone here in Lima Country. What a great man. Our sympathies to the whole family

  14. Steven Schultz

    My sincere condolence to your family. Your family are in my prayers.

  15. John and Judy Parr

    Our thoughts and prayers with you

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