Ralph Joseph Morman, age 90, of Yankton, South Dakota died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospice in Yankton.
Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 AM, on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yankton with Father Mark Lichter officiating. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton and SD Army National Guard. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary at 7:00 PM, followed by a video tribute and then Scripture service at 7:30 PM. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Dean Morman, Alan Morman, Michael Kappel, Greg Kappel, Keith Wing, Dave Morman, Don Morman and Kelly Sorensen. Honorary pallbearers are all of his dancing friends.
Ralph was born March 29, 1925 on a farm near Hartington, Nebraska to Henry and Agnes (Leader) Morman. After three years, the family moved north of Mission Hill, South Dakota which would be his home for 73 years. Ralph attended McFarland District #71 Country School through 8th grade. He then continued high school for three years in Volin and graduated from Irene High School. Growing up, he worked very hard for area farmers, the meat packing plant, as well as the Civil Service in Sioux City handling bomber wheels. Ralph was drafted into the United States Army on January 12, 1945. He served in the Pacific Theatre awaiting the invasion of Japan when surrender was declared. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1946 and returned to the farm and drove truck for Binder Bros. delivering pop and ice cream. While farming near Vermillion, Ralph met and married Eileen Evenson on June 21, 1949 at Sacred Heart Church in Yankton. Five children were born to this inseparable union. He attended Veteran's Ag School in Irene in 1950 and continued farming until he "retired" in 2001 and moved into Yankton. Ralph was a member of the Yankton VFW, Senior Citizen Center, McFarland Country School Board and Sacred Heart Parish. He enjoyed dancing with his friends, hunting, motorsports, and playing cards and pool. He loved his family and enjoyed going to visit them, so Ralph and Eileen were able to see many things and places.
He was a great example for his family and we are extremely proud of his hard work and determination. We will miss him more than written or spoken words can express.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Eileen Morman of Yankton; five children: Cynthia (Randy) Haviland of Mt. Vernon, WA, Dean (Ruth) Morman of Volin, SD, Joyce (Troy) Kunz of Anacortes, WA, Jolene Morman of Lake Forest, CA and Alan Morman of Volin; three grandchildren: Justin Haviland, Emily (Ehrin) Nelson and Amy Morman; brother, Earl Morman of Yankton; sister, Ethel Sorensen of Irene; and many nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother-in-law, Henry and Edith Evenson; two brothers, Dr. Howard Morman and Dale Morman.
Messages will be reviewed and posted within 1 business day.
My dear father. I cannot begin to express how honored I am to be your daughter! Thank you to you and Mother for the amazing job that you did raising your five children: Cindy, Dean, Joyce, Jolene, and Alan. You taught us the value of hard work, showing respect to others, and putting others first before yourself. I am so saddened by your passing, dad but take great comfort in knowing that you have been freed from Parkinson's and that you are walking with our loving Lord. I have so admired your courage and strength when battling this and many other ailments that have plagued your life these last few years. I will fondly remember our childhood and adulthood years under your tutelage. I will take great comfort knowing how happy you were when all of the family was once again reunited at your 90th birthday. I will miss your kind, sweet smile, praying the 'Lord's Prayer' with you, hearing you say 'I love you', and your warm, gentle hugs. Godspeed to you my wonderful father .
What a nice trubite to your father. He is now at rest, watching and guiding each thru your daily lives. Keep al his memories close to your heart. We are remembering him & you in our daily prayers.
Lyle & Jean Hauger
Eileen, Dean, Cindy, Joyce, Joleen, Al, Our deepest condolences to you. Uncle Ralph was such a dedicated family man, hard worker, a kind & gentle soul. I have fond memories of vacationing on the farm some summers as I was growing up. He was so happy to explain to me how the farm worked. Mike & I so looked forward to our trips back to Yankton to visit him & Eileen. We always learned something from him & felt so welcome with their wonderful hospitality. We are so sorry that we won't see him next week on our trip back. Cherish your beautiful memories. Rest in peace dear Uncle Ralph.
Love, Katie Boom & Mike Conlon
My sincere sympathy to the Mormon family. May God bless all of you during this difficult time.
Jane (Stevens) Ford
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them; a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Hector & Cindy Guzman
Jolene, and the entire Morman family, our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on your loss. Not really knowing Mr. Morman, it is obvious he lead a long, productive life, leaving a fine legacy of a loving family.
Larry & Evelyn FitzGerald
Dear Jolene and the Morman Family. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your father's life with us. He was surely a tribute to his generation and your family. Working with you every day, and knowing how precious your father was to you, it is so easy to see what an amazing man he was. Please take comfort in knowing that your father lived a wonderful life and is now with his Lord. Jim and Marilyn Neiger
James B. Neiger
Jolene and Joyce, my sympathy to you and your family at your Dad's passing. Jolene, what a warm, wise tribute to your dad. So sorry to hear that he had PD. Blessings for his memory.
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