Ralph E. Stark, 66, of Withee, passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. His funeral service will be 12:00 noon Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. A visitation will be held Saturday from 10:30 am until the time of service at the funeral home in Owen. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery in the Town of Holway.
Ralph was born August 16, 1946 to Allen and Gertrude (Klabon) Stark in Owen, WI.
Ralph attended Owen-Withee Public Schools. He worked as a carpenter before taking a job as a welder for Liberty Homes in Dorchester, retiring after 25 years of employment. Ralph married Shirley Stargardt on August 17, 1968 in Withee, WI.
Ralph enjoyed hunting, going to auctions and scrapping with Ole. He also loved to ride on the gator with Shirley and the grandkids, going to the races to watch his son race, watching Packer football and he loved reminiscing about the old days. Ralph greatly appreciated the gift of a kidney from his sister-in-law; Lynn.
Ralph is survived by his wife; Shirley of Withee, 6 children; Loretta (Dusty) Thorne, Ralph (Kenda) Stark Jr., Christopher (Beverly) Stark, Lisa Fravert, Brian (Natoshka) Stark and Crystal Chenier, 10 grandchildren; Samantha, Zachary, Sabrina, Rebecca, Cheyenne, Sierra, Will, Ben, Sophie and Trenton. He is also survived by a brother; Allen (Denise) Stark. Ralph is further survived by many brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews that called him “Grandpa Ralph.”
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, in-laws, sister; Frieda Dean Stark, sister-in-law; Alice, brother-in-law; Doug, and a niece; Angel.
The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com