Ralph F. Vaske, 80, of Dyersville, Iowa, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Mercy Medical Center, Dyersville, Iowa.
Ralph was born May 30, 1933, in New Vienna, Iowa, the son of Edmund and Anastasia (Hermsen) Vaske. He served in the Army from 1954–1956. He married Mary Platten on June 7, 1956, in Colesburg, Iowa. Together they farmed near Garnavillo until they retired in 2002 and moved to Dyersville. Ralph will be remembered for his warm and caring heart.
Survivors include his wife, Mary; six children: Diana (Wayne) Conrad of Davenport, Anita (Mike) Nemmers and Dennis (Ana) Vaske, both of Urbandale, Rick Vaske of Asbury, Ron (Ana) Vaske of Aurora, IL, and Janice Novick of Lisbon; 11 grandchildren: Nichole (Matt) Nutz, Christopher (Jennifer) Conrad, Blake Schultz, Melissa (David) Billings, Wes Nemmers, Audrey Vaske, Elena Vaske, Joel Perez, Ryan Vaske, Bianca Vaske, and Luka Novick; five great-grandchildren; siblings Doris Goedken of Earlville, Virgene Bockenstedt of Dyersville, Marvin (Pat) Vaske of Garnavillo and Charles D. (Donna) Vaske of New Vienna; and brothers-and-sisters-in -law Dolores Pasker of Dyersville, Florella Burkle of Farley, George (Judy) Platten of Colesburg, Bernadine (William) Koelker of Nevada, IA, Jeanette (William) Digmann and Roger Platten, all of Dyersville.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, mother- and father-in-law, Henry and Florentine Platten; and brothers-in-law Martin Bockenstedt, Floyd Goedken, Arnold Burkle and Wilfred Pasker.
Friends called from 2-8 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Raymond Burkle officiated and Rev. Noah Diehm was the concelebrate. Military honors were accorded by American Legion Post 137.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.kramerfuneral.com.