Ralph M. Ley Sr.

Ralph M. Ley Sr., 98, of New Berlin, formerly of Marshfield, passed away peacefully with family present Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie E., and daughter, Kathleen M.

He was the loving father of Mary Moran of Glen Burnie, M.D., Ralph Jr. (Kathleen) Ley of Waukesha, Maral Ley of West Allis, Karen (Robert) Ewing of Moore, Okla., and Margaret M. (Ted Hertel) Ley of Mequon; proud grandfather of seven; and proud great-grandfather of 14.

He received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1934 and worked for Shell Oil Co. for 35 years until his retirement in 1969 as district sales manager. He instilled a strong sense of responsibility in his children and understood the value of higher education, which influenced all of his children to attain college degrees.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, Aug. 6, at St. Williams Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to your favorite charity in our fatherís name.

Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.