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Ralph J. Ropson, 94, of Algoma, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Ralph was born on January 29, 1924 to the late Henry & Adele (Paye) Ropson. He married the love of his life Helen Strnad on September 14, 1944. Above all, Ralph loved spending time with his wife Helen and spending time with his family. He also enjoyed traveling, for 16 years they would travel to Donna, Texas every winter. He loved his work and anything to do with motors. Having been employed by his father at Ropson’s Motor Sales where he was an excellent mechanic, parts manager, and salesman! A very hard worker, who worked 6:30 am until 10:00 pm, but never missed an evening meal with the family. Ralph also loved spending time playing cards with his friends and family, as well as bowling and taking flying lessons. He was a member of the Algoma Boat club and was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church in Algoma.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 74 ½ years, Helen; four children, Dann (Lorna) Ropson, Luxemburg, Dianne Charles, Green Bay, Dori (James) Rabas, Algoma, Joe (Marlene) Ropson, Luxemburg; Nine grandchildren, Tammy (Jon Deceased) Bryfczynski, Green Bay, Rick (Tracie) Ropson, Luxemburg, Dr. John (Lisa) Charles, Green Bay, Jason Charles, Green Bay, Jamie (Patrick) Robinson, Algoma, James Rabas III, Algoma, Jesse Rabas, Algoma, Heidi (Eric) Englebert, Luxemburg, Joseph (Melissa) Ropson, Green Bay; 21 great-grandchildren; he is also survived by one sister, Janice Olmstead, Appleton; sister-in-law, Carol Strnad, Casco; brothers-in-law, James Strnad, Algoma, Arnold Dart, Green Bay, and William Pickett, Wausaukee.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Regina (Ewald) Martens; brothers-in-law, Ross Olmstead, Edward Strnad, Joseph Strnad; sisters-in-law, Mary (Richard) Gabriel, Dorothy (Donald) Defnet, Rosemary Dart, Katie Pickett, and Harriet Strnad.
There will be a private family service that will be followed by burial in the Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma. Wiesner & Massart Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolence messages may be shared at www.wiesnermassart.com . In lieu of flowers donations can be made and would be appreciated to the Algoma Long Term Care Unit in Ralph’s name.
Ralph's family would like to thank all the dedicated staff at the Algoma Long Term Care unit for the excellent care and kindness given to Ralph for the last 12 years.