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Ralph B. Wissel
8 July, 2010 - 23 February, 2010
Obituary from The Idaho Statemsan
28 February, 2010
Contributed by Bonnie Dilworth

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Ralph Wissel

     Ralph B. Wissel, 87, Nampa, died at his home on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Ralph was born July 8, 1922 in Nampa to John and Nora, the youngest of eight children. He was raised on a farm established by his father in 1911, attended St. Paul's School and graduated from Nampa High in 1941. On August 17, 1942, Ralph married Shirley Rose Amundson. To this union eleven children were born. While he and Shirley raised their family, Ralph's life was always in agriculture, feeding cattle, and general row crop farming. On June 21, 1976 Ralph married Bonnie Applegate. Together they created a loving home, welcoming all who arrived at their door. They enjoyed traveling the U. S. and abroad and to their quiet little spot in Donnelly. For many years Ralph also sold sugarbeet seed locally. In the summer of 2007, Ralph and Bonnie were both honored for their longtime membership by the Idaho Farm Bureau. The love of the farm kept Ralph actively involved and interested in the daily activities. His little truck could be seen going to and from the fields around the home place on Lake Lowell Ave. Ralph served as a member of the Nampa Meridian Irrigation District Board, a 4th Degree Knight member of the Knights of Columbus, a lifetime member of the Nampa Elks, BPOE 1389, and had served as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Paul's Church. He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie, sister Kitty Huff, and brother Leo (Mary) children Clinton (Judy), John (Kathy), Carolynn (Ted) Terry, Kathryn Wissel (Robert Goodkind), Marybeth (Richard) Snitily, Anne Hanson, Judy (Robert) Peck, Paula Wissel (John) deGraaf, Michael (Lupe), Matthew (Beni) and Rebecca (William) Combs, and Bonnie's children Keith (Pat) Applegate, Judy Hamilton, Dale (Laurie) Applegate, Roger Applegate, and Pam Strong ("Beerman"Don), thirty-nine grand children, thirty-five great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was Grandpa Ralph to some and Papa to others. Also surviving Ralph is the mother of his children, Shirley Pennell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Mildred Blackstock and Marie Mitchell, brothers Fritz, Clare and Paul, and two grandchildren. Ralph often mentioned how he, the sodbuster, missed his good friends and lunch buddies, the ragman, the junkman, and the nail bender. May they enjoy keeping company and telling each other lies once again in heaven. A wake will be held Monday evening, March 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alsip & Persons Funeral Chapel, 404 10th Ave. So. - Nampa - 466-3545. Mass of the Christian Burial will celebrated on Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St Paul's Catholic Church, 1515 8th St. So., Nampa. The family will greet loved ones and friends at the funeral chapel on Monday evening from 5 - 7 p.m. Donations may be made to the American Heart Assoc., 270 S. Orchard St., Boise, ID 83705, St. Paul's Education Foundation, 1515 8th St. So. , Nampa, ID 83651 or flowers may be sent

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The gravesite for Ralph can be found at number 9.

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