Ralph Ducklow passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on March 9 at United Hospital in St. Paul.
He was the first of eight children born to Merton and Esther (Beckwith) Ducklow on April 10, 1936, in Spring Valley, Wis. He spent his childhood growing up in Spring Valley, graduating from Spring Valley High School in 1955. He loved all sports, but basketball was his favorite. He served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Lake Champlain. In 1957, he married Joan M. Ingli. They made their home in River Falls, raising their three daughters. He spent his career working for the U.S. Postal Service delivering mail on the west side of River Falls, retiring in 1991 after 31 years. Joan passed away in 1996. In 2004, he married Virginia Lofgren.
He enjoyed so many things including a good cup of coffee, fishing, old cars, old trains, his garden, bird watching, tinkering, woodworking, the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Twins, and spending time with his family and friends. His biggest passion and pride was the many years spent following his grandsons excel in wrestling. He was definitely the social butterfly of the family. There was no such thing as a stranger to him.
Ralph was the "Jack of all Trades." There wasn't anything that he couldn't do. He was always right there to help anyone who needed help. He was a wonderful man, very fun-loving with a heart of gold, a great father and a terrific grandfather and great-grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his wife Joan; father Merton; stepfather, Adolph Norderhaug; brother Arlan; great-granddaughter Leilana; and best friend, Jim Rutherford.
Surviving are his mother, Esther Norderhaug; wife Virginia and her daughter, Megan Lofgren (Paul Hanten); his daughters, Debra, Darla (Tom) Goulette, Deann Crain (Ed Cernohous); grandchildren, Stacia (Layne) Hetrick, Nathan Goulette, Shana Crain (Marshall Castano), Ross Crain, Kyle Crain, Shelby Ducklow; great-grandchildren Alexis, Peyton, Rosalyn; brothers Wayne (Mary Jo), Tom (Connie), Roger (Peggy); sisters, Janet (Michael) Crowell, Wanda (Victor) Strobush, Angela Ducklow (Michael Kopesky); many nieces and nephews; a countless number of friends; and his puppies, Brandy and Daisy.
His memory will live on in our lives forever.
Please join us in a celebration of his life at 12 p.m. Saturday, March 16, with visitation from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., at the First Congregational Church in River Falls. The remains of Ralph and Joan will be buried together at 9 a.m. Saturday in Greenwood Cemetery per their wishes.