Ralph Richard Horness, 80, of Howards Grove, was called to his heavenly home Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at home.

Ralph was born in Sheboygan on Feb. 10, 1934, the son of Sophie (Miller) and Christ Horness. Ralph was baptized March 4, 1934 and confirmed March 21, 1948, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Grade School in Sheboygan and graduated from Central High School in 1952.

He served in the U.S. Air Force at Frances E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming and in Nagoya, Japan, from 1952-56.

On Oct. 9, 1971, he married Carol A. Harms at St. Luke Lutheran Church on State 32 in Sheboygan Falls.

Ralph is a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church ELCA, where he served as president, head usher, council member and on the mutual ministry committee.

He is a past member of the Howards Grove Lions Club.

Ralph enjoyed playing golf, watching the Packers and other sports. He loved the outdoors, working in his yard, playing cards and listening to music and traveling. He will be remembered for his strong faith and his willingness to help others in need. He loved to be with the children, listening to them read and playing with them.

He was employed at Tecumseh in New Holstein for 34 years and retired from Bemis Mfg. Co. on June 1, 1997. Ralph also worked part time at Blackwolf Run and Johnsonville.

Ralph’s memory lives on in the hearts and minds of his wife, Carol; his brother, Richard (Sherry) Horness; sisters-in-law, Marge (Bert) Dreps, Marion Horness, Patricia Horness and a brother-in-law, John (Mary Lou) Schreiber.

He will be reunited in heaven with his parents; two sisters, Rella Roop and Rogene Schreiber; three brothers, Raymond, Roger and Robert Horness; and brothersin law, Robert Roop and Orlin Schueler.

A celebration of Ralph’s life will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, N6193 State 32, Sheboygan Falls, with the Rev. Elizabeth Jaeger officiating. A private burial will take place at Garden of Peace Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com to sign the guestbook.

The family would like to thank the Aurora Visiting Nurses Association and Dr. Robert Remington for their care and concern.

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