Tuesday, January 11, 2011


June 12, 1931  -  January 10, 2011

Dad was an icon to many people. 
For those who were fortunate enough to have known him he is remembered as a kind, fun-loving man who adored his kids and grandkids. He was a caring man with a servant heart 
who took care of more people than most,  including his parents, brother, aunt and our mom.

A cold beer on a hot day was one of Dad's greatest pleasures. Dad was a beer drinker, and though he never met a beer he didn't like, he preferred Miller Genuine Draft. He loved a cold beer on a hot day as much he loved a large mouth bass on the end of his fishing line. 
Dad loved music and filled his life with it. He was a trumpet player and played in a few dance bands for about 30 years. He played boogie-woogie, Polish polkas, Swing and Jazz. 

We can measure his life by the many photographs, movies, sheet music and soundtracks he leaves.

Our hero has passed on now, and leaving a daughter, a son, a son-in-love and a daughter-in-love.  Us two "outlaws" were never considered or treated as outsiders ... to mom and dad, we were their kids too.  When my husband and I were newly engaged Dad would introduce me as his new daughter rather than future daughter-in-law.  

Six young adults will greatly miss their grandpa who has loved them unconditionally and entertained them for years with his stories and antics.  His grandchildren have all loved introducing their friends to him.  We all loved sharing this special man with people in our lives. 

We are all proud of him, of all that he was, 
and all that maybe he would have liked to be 
if times and his health had been different.

We are mostly proud to say this one thing: 
Of all that he was - He was our Dad and Grandpa.

Love you Dad.
Always will.



  1. Very sweet tribute! Love all the pics.
    I know you will all miss him dearly.

  2. What a beautiful tribute Cheri. I knew he was special to you the first time i heard you call him "dad". Loved looking at all the pictures, some sweet memories for you all to cherish.

  3. That was such a great blog Cheri, what a wonderful man. I grew up hearing such great things about him and everyone speaking so fondly of him :) The pictures are so great! So glad you all have so many memories with him.

  4. So sorry for your loss Cheri & Kirk. Sounds like he was a wonderful man, father and grandfather. We will keep you in our prayers!

  5. He was a wonderful man. I always enjoyed every interaction with him...even playing the trumpet next to him on several occaisions. What a joy! He will be greatly missed. You were all blessed.

    Praying for you guys... Love you

  6. I'm thinking about all you guys today. I am very happy that I was able to meet Grampa Ralph over Thanksgiving. I haven't met very many people in my life that are as nice as him!

  7. Anonymous4:55 PM CST

    Cheri and Kirk-

    So sorry to hear of Kirk's dad's passing. You have written a beautiful tribute and I have no doubt that these words were spoken as well, so that "dad" knew he was well loved. Our prayers are with you all.

    Craig and Kerry

  8. Cheri,

    A beautiful tribute to a beautiful man. Judging from your photographs, the smiles on the faces, the love in the eyes ... it was a life well spent and he will be missed by many.

    For those that believe, there are no goodbyes.

    Yu're in my thoughts and prayers.

    Your Friend,


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