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Ralph E. Puuri

May 17, 1940 — June 20, 2022


Ralph Edward Puuri went to his heavenly home on June 20, 2022 at the age of 82. He was born in Houghton County, Michigan, on May 17, 1940. His parents, John and Wendla ("Ventla" Walstrom) Puuri, moved to Fremont, Wisconsin, in 1947 when he was 7 years old. Ralph confirmed his Baptism, at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, in Fremont, Wisconsin, in 1954. He graduated from Weyauwega-Fremont High School, in 1958.

Ralph married the love of his life Sharon Mae Christianson, in Hixton, Wisconsin, on September 2, 1961. Ralph served a 5-year Sheet Metal Apprenticeship, at Overly's Incorporated, in Neenah, Wisconsin, and graduated from Fox Valley Technical College, in 1971. He was a Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, and a member of Sheet Metal Worker's Local 18. Ralph, Sharon and their family lived in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 1967 to 1997. He was a Charter Member at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, in Greenville, Wisconsin, where he served on the Building Committee, and as a Trustee. They moved to Waupaca County, Wisconsin, in 1997. Ralph retired in 2000 and in 2002, they moved to the Village of Harrison. 

Ralph was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, Combined Locks, Wisconsin, until the time of his death. In his earlier years he loved to fish, hunt, sing, dance and play guitar. He also loved spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren in activities and spending time with his great grandchildren.

Ralph leaves behind, a wife, Sharon, four children: Pam (Rick) Franzke, Jackie (Erick) Gonzalez, Kathi (Greg) DeBrue, and Cory (Rebecca) Puuri; nine grandchildren: Tina (Patrick) Gitzlaff, Cuyler (Karli) Franzke, and Brittany (Michael) Graunke, Ean and Jordan Gonzalez, Ashley and Emily DeBrue, Lauren and Jenna Puuri; four great-grandchildren: Jackson and Lucas Gitzlaff, Iver and Maren Franzke. He was also survived by many family and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Puuri. He was also preceded in death by his parents, and his siblings Grace Battaglia, Earl Puuri, Ethel Dellacecca, and Russell Puuri, and a brother in law Thomas Christianson.

A memorial service will be held for Ralph on June 30, 5:00 pm, at Wichmann Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida St, Menasha. A visitation will be held prior from 3:00 pm to the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in Ralph's name.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

3:00 - 5:00pm (Central time)

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Memorial Service

Thursday, June 30, 2022

5:00 - 6:00pm (Central time)

Wichmann Tri County Chapel

1592 Oneida St, Menasha, WI 54952

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