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Ralph Wilke

Ralph Henry Wilke

Saturday, April 17th, 1937 - Friday, July 26th, 2019
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Obituary

Ralph H. Wilke, 82, of Cass City, died peacefully Friday, July 26, 2019 in Covenant Medical Center, Harrison Campus, Saginaw. He was born April 17, 1937 in Detroit the youngest of three children born to William Louis and Elizabeth (Lenz) Wilke. He married Joyce Julia Joslin September 8, 1973 in Redeemer Lutheran Church, St. Clair Shores.
Ralph graduated from Wilbur Wright School, Detroit with the class of 1956. He served in the U.S. Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ralph worked as a Fells Operator for Chrysler at the Hamtramck plant and later at the Highland Park plant until he was injured in the early l970’s. He enjoyed planting flowers, working jigsaw puzzles, knitting and crocheting, and camping with his family. Ralph loved to load the family in the car take them on “adventures”. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Ralph was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Joyce; children: Ralph Wilke II of Cass City, Darlene (Billy) Johnson of Caro; grandchildren: Melonise Johnson, Cassidy Johnson; cousins, nieces and nephews including, Pamela (John) Rank, Janet Szczygiel. He will also be remembered by Joyce’s family. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Lucille and Phillip Szczygiel; brother and sister-in-law, William and Mildred Wilke.
Funeral service held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church with Rev. Steve Bagnall officiating. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Ralph will be interred with his family in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Pallbearers for Mr. Wilke are: Ralph Wilke II, Billy Johnson, John Rank, Mark Walters, Michael Walters and Dan Maliskey. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and stories with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2019 in Kranz Funeral Home – Cass City
10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2019 in Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Cass City
Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
Debra L. Kranz (989) 872-2195
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Location
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    Address
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Kranz Funeral Home Cass City
    Address
    6850 Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Third Visitation

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    Address
    6820 E. Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    Address
    6820 E. Main St.
    CASS CITY, MI 48726
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Steve Bagnall
  • Interment

    Location
    Forest Lawn Cemetery, Detroit
    Address
    DETROIT, MI

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Donations are being accepted for: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

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Jason and Amanda Mester and kids

Posted at 05:43pm
We are sadden to hear of the passing of a great man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
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Love Amy and Jaime Mruk & Family

Posted at 05:06pm
Darlene & Family - Extending our deepest sympathy to you during this time. Our prayers and blessings are with you.
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Carol Solomon

Posted at 03:43pm
With love and remembrance of a time enjoyed. Good bye dear friend. R.I.P.
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