Ralph J. Horner, 88

Ralph J. Horner of Grafton and formerly of Thiensville passed away unexpectedly Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, 2014, at his home. He was 88 years old.

Ralph was born May 4, 1925, in Milwaukee, the son of Joseph and Katherine Miller Horner. He graduated from Washington High School in Milwaukee and proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. While serving, he proudly earned a Bronze Star, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon, an American Theater Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, a Purple Heart, a World War II Victory Medal, a Good Conduct Medal and a Silver Star.

Upon returning home, Ralph attended Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where he studied accounting and business.

On Oct. 15, 1949, he was united in marriage with Lorraine Klingbeil at Hephatha Ev. Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death in 2007. For 12 years, Ralph worked as an accountant and bookkeeper at Quinlevan Buick Co. (formerly Packard Milwaukee Co.).

In 1960, he began working at Rank & Son Inc. in Milwaukee where he worked as an office manager for over 44 years.

Ralph was a member of the Grafton American Legion Post 355. Ralph and Lorraine strongly advocated for their political party and were proud members of their community. He had enjoyed skiing, cooking and reading, and most recently socializing with friends over dinner.

Ralph is survived by his sister, Jean Kreick of Milwaukee; niece, Katherine Hust of Delafield; two great-nieces; special friends, Michael and Nancy Stoehlker; and many other friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; and sister, Katherine Horner.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 14, 2014, at Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Pastor Don Scheuerlein will officiate.

Military honors will follow the service. Ralph will be laid to rest at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove with his wife Lorraine. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is honored to be serving the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.