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Ralph Franklin Habstritt

Ralph Franklin Habstritt, age 89 of Montrose, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at his home.

He was born July 8, 1914, in Maynard, the son of Charles and Lucina (Goff) Habstritt. At the age of five, Ralph moved to Montrose.

He was united in Holy Matrimony to Dorothy Brabec in Montrose, Sept. 26, 1941. God blessed their marriage with one daughter.

Ralph served in the military from Nov. 3, 1941 to Jan. 4, 1946. He was wounded in action in Wintenberg, Germany on April 2, 1945, and received the Purple Heart.

After his service to our country, Ralph returned to Montrose and started farming. He farmed until 1970, when his health forced his retirement.

Ralph loved hunting, fishing, and spending time with his two grandsons, Justin and Nathan.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and one brother.

Ralph is survived by his wife Dorothy, daughter Nancy and Wayne Oberlander, grandsons Justin and Nathan, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Montrose. Visitation was Sunday afternoon and evening, Feb. 15, at the Iten Funeral Home in Delano. The Rev. Robert J. Hellmann officiated at the prayer service and funeral services.

Casket bearers were Bruce Adickes, Gilman Bryant, Clyde Dalchow, Mitchell Klein, Dale Manson, and Mike Marketon.

Military honors were provided by the Montrose VFW Post 1901.

Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home of Delano.

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