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Ralph J. Danielson, 75

Ralph John Danielson, age 75, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

He was born Aug. 19, 1937, the son of Oscar Ludvig and Ina Victoria (Davis) Danielson.

Ralph grew up in the Dassel area and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1955. He continued his education and obtained an industrial engineering degree.

Ralph was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith and was presently a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel at the time of his death.

Ralph was united in marriage to Beverly Gilmer Dec. 8, 1956, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingston. The couple made their home above Ralph’s Pure Oil Station, which Ralph owned and operated.

In 1960, Ralph was employed at Storm Industries for several years before he was employed at 3M Manufacturing in Hutchinson for 30 years. He had worked in many roles, but retired as the product manager of video cassette manufacturing.

Ralph’s family was the light of his life. He could often be found cheering on his children and grandchildren at their sporting events. An accomplished woodworker, he had built kitchen cabinets for his children and worked on several of their homes.

He loved to tinker on automobiles and could fix anything; if you broke it, Ralph could fix it. Ralph and Beverly enjoyed spending time at their cabin on Lake Osakis, and in their later years, would summer on the shores of Lake Washington, and winter in Yuma, AZ.

Ralph always had music playing, and especially enjoyed country music.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Dassel; children, Mark (Sue) Danielson of Delano, Stephanie (Kevin Huggins) Danielson of Sarasota, FL, Julie (Punk) Lundeen of Cokato, and Reid (Vicki) Danielson of Dassel; 10 grandchildren, Dustin Heggem, Stesha Heggem, Kim Kelley, Derek Lundeen, Bethany Linder, Kyle Danielson, Mickensi Larson, Jordan Danielson, Brent Danielson, and Brooke Danielson; seven great-grandchildren, Wyatt Heggem, Caleb Kelley, Lydia Lundeen, Knox Lundeen, Victoria Linder, Annika Linder, and Landon Larson; and brothers Richard Danielson of St. Francis, and Donald (Mary Ann) Danielson of Dassel.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Virgil Danielson, Dale Danielson, and Joyce Isakson.

A memorial service took place Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating.

The was a time to gather with the family two hours prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the memorial arrangements.