Ralph W. Althaus, 88
Aug. 12, 1927 -- Oct. 9, 2015

Ralph W. Althaus, 88 Ralph W. Althaus, 88, of West Bend, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

He was born Aug. 12, 1927, in West Bend to the late Carl L. and Dorothea (nee Richter) Althaus, and graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1945.

Ralph spent his entire working career at the West Bend Co., and was a member of the West Bend Co. 25-year club. He retired in 1978.

He was a lifetime member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, active in the church choir and as a Sunday school teacher. Besides cooking and gardening, Ralph mostly enjoyed helping and caring for others.

Those Ralph leaves behind to cherish his memory are his sister-in-law, Geraldine Althaus of West Bend; nephew, Carl (Jean) Althaus Jr. of West Bend; great-niece, Stacey Althaus of Houston; great-nephew, Trevor Althaus of Los Angeles; special friends, Susie Karius of Slinger, Jim and Kathy Jungers of West Bend, and Rick Richter of West Bend; and other relatives and friends. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Dorothea; his sister and her husband, Carol (Vernon) Laux; two brothers, Carl Althaus Sr. and Paul Althaus; and his niece and goddaughter, Linda Althaus.

Memorial services in remembrance of Ralph will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, WI). The Rev. David Kellerman will officiate.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment of Ralph’s cremated remains will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church are appreciated.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home has been entrusted with Ralph’s care. Online condolences may be expressed at www.myrhum-patten.com.