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Ralph G. Molnau, 82

Ralph G. Molnau, DVM, age 82, of Waconia, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at his home.

He was born Dec. 2, 1928, in Chanhassen, the son of Gustave and Marie (Schmidt) Molnau. Ralph was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska.

He was united in marriage to Mary Griep Sept. 15, 1951, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Chaska.

Ralph was the current owner of Countryside Veterinarian and Feed in Young America, and the previous owner of Waconia Veterinary Clinic. He was a member of the West Carver Rotary Club; and served as president of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association from 1989-1990, and 1995-1997; as well as being named the MVMA veterinarian of the year in 1992.

A past member of the board of directors at Klein Bank, he served on the Waconia City Planning Board from 1958-1988. In his younger days, Ralph was the captain of the Chaska football and basketball teams of 1946.

Ralph truly loved farming, raising sheep, and spending time in his garden. He was always learning new things, had a thirst for knowledge, and was a history buff.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustave and Marie Molnau; and brothers Lester and Erwin Molnau.

Ralph is survived by his loving family: wife Mary; sisters-in-law Mildred Molnau of Howard Lake, and Margaret Molnau of Red Wing; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

The funeral service took place Thursday Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia with the Rev. Phil Wagner officiating. There was visitation two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment was at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Chaska.

Casket bearers were Ron Dubbe DVM, Lee Thal DVM, Dennis Jorgenson DVM, Stan Held DVM, Stewart Ellis DVM, Larry Cass DVM, Gale Gieseke DVM, and Mandy Harms DVM.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.