Ralph Kem Pellett

Feb. 9, 1931 - Dec. 20, 2007

Ralph Kem Pellett of Sussex, former longtime resident of Saylesville, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at age76, following a long battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Bosstown in Richland County at the home of his parents, Herman and Edith (nee Hale) Pellett.

After graduation from Ithaca High School, Ralph served in the U.S. Army as an armored vehicle mechanic in Korea. Ralph was united in marriage to Jacqueline (nee Maxwell) on Oct. 22, 1951. They moved to Saylesville where they raised their family and lived for more than 50 years. Ralph worked at RTE in Waukesha for 35 years, where he developed many lifelong friendships. In retirement, Ralph used his time to be of service to friends, family and others in need. He loved gardening and especially sharing in its bounty with others. Ralphs retirement afforded him and Jackie the opportunity to travel to the home of their children in Wisconsin and Texas to join them in a variety of projects and celebrations.

Ralphs love, guidance and impeccable role-modeling will be deeply missed by his family, including his wife, Jackie; sons, Michael (Susan) of Grand Prairie, Texas, David (Tammy) of Menomonie, Timothy (Barbara) of Waukesha; daughter, Therese (Christopher) Svahn of Dickinson, Texas; grandchildren, Christopher and Tracy Pellett, and Emily Svahn. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John, Eldon and Herbert; and sisters, June, Doris, Ruth and an infant daughter.

The memorial service for Ralph will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Gary Fisher will officiate. The visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. Saturday until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to AngelsGrace Hospice, W359-N7430 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066; or The Regional Cancer Center at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation & Preplanning Services are serving the family. For further information, please call the funeral home at 542-6609, or visit for the online obituary, directions or cards of condolences.