Ralph G. Tews

Ralph G. Tews, 82, of New Haven, Ind., went to be with his Savior in heaven on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2005. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was born in Jackson on Oct. 7, 1923 and married Ruth L. Mueller of Appleton on Aug. 20, 1949.

They were missionary teachers for the American Lutheran Church in Papua, New Guinea, for seven years.

Ralph was a Lutheran elementary teacher in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and Pomona, Calif. and moved his family to New Haven in 1963 to teach at St. Johnís Lutheran School as principal.

He retired from teaching in 1978 with EACS in Woodburn.

Ralph owned New Haven Iris Gardens and continued to work for the Sheet Metal Union Local 20.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 330 and VFW Post 2457.

Ralph volunteered at Harbor-side Healthcare and Hawaii Volcano National Parks.

He was a member of St. James ELCA Church and associate at New Haven United Methodist Church, where he worshiped and loved the music programs.

Survivors include his loving daughters, Donna Jean (Gary J.) Cook and Jean (Leon) Horstman; granddaughter, Heather Wiebke, and many friends and cousins around the world.

Welcoming him to heaven are his son, Mark W. Tews, in 1978; his wife, Ruth, in 1973; his parents, Flora and Arnold; and a brother, James in June of 2005.

Funeral services were held at the E. Harper and Son Funeral Home, New Haven, with burial in Highland Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

The family prefers memorials to Heartland Hospice, harborside Activities Fund or the donorís choice.

For additional information, contact Donna (Tews) Cook, 9027 Ridgetree Drive, Fort Wayne, Ind. 46819.