Ralph Allen Yager

Ralph Allen Yager, of Howard Lake, known by friends and family as "Luigi," died Saturday, April 10, 1999, at his home.

Ralph was born the son of Edward G. and Frieda Hackenmueller Yager Dec. 10, 1930, at Staples, Minn. He was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township, Wright County, Minn.

On June 3, 1956, Ralph was united in marriage to Gayle Ruby Rose at Bethlehem Lutheran. This union was blessed with the birth of three children: two daughters and one son.

Ralph and Gayle made their home in the Howard Lake area. He enjoyed doing yard work, fishing, and hunting.

Having served his country in the Korean War, Ralph was a member of the American Legion Unit #145 in Howard Lake.

He worked for A & P Construction Co. of Minneapolis for many years, until retiring from the company in 1986. Ralph then worked as a janitor at the Howard Lake-Waverly Schools until 1994 when he began part-time work for the Littfin Lumber Co. of Howard Lake, where he worked until 1998.

On April 10, 1999, while at his home, Ralph was called to his eternal rest at the age of 68 years, three months, and 23 days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Frieda Yager; and two brothers-in-law, Charles Melquist and Doug Wysong.

Ralph is survived by his wife Gayle of Howard Lake; three children, Connie K. (Chris) Johnson of Cokato, Kurt A. (Leah) Yager of Buffalo, and Jodi M. (Greg) Yee of San Diego, Calif.; three sisters, Dorothy Wysong, Betty Melquist, and Shirley Knuze; three brothers, Edward, Donald, and James Yager; seven grandchildren: Michael, Kyle, Megan, Kayla, Heather, Deven and Gayle Ann; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives of friends.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 13, 1999, at St. James Lutheran Church with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating. The organist was Nancy Butterfass.

Interment will be at the St. James Cemetery at a later date, following cremation.

Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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