March 16, 1928 – Monday, February 17, 2014
St. Michael Catholic Church
Saturday, February 22. 2014
St. Michael Catholic Church
Friday, February 21, 2014
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ralph W. Dick, age 85 of St. Michael, MN left this earth peacefully on Feb 17, 2014 at CentraCare Health in Monticello, MN.
Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014 at 11 AM at St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Michael, MN.
Visitation from 4-8 PM on Friday & one hour prior to Mass all at the church. Interment St. Michael Cemetery, St. Michael, MN.
Ralph was born March 16, 1928 in St. Michael, MN, the son of Lambert & Mollie (Gutzwiller) Dick.
He graduated from St. Thomas Academy. Upon completing 2 years of business school he joined his father & brother Lloyd to carry on the legacy of the beer business of Dick Beverage Company which Lambert established in 1933. Ralph’s grandfather, Hubert William Dick, was part owner of Eagle Brewing, ending in 1919 with Prohibition. Ralph was a good businessman, his leadership & sound work ethics in the beer industry is now carried on into the 5th generation. He was a long time active member of the Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association.
Ralph & Letitia Zachman were united in holy marriage on May 20, 1950 at St. Michael Catholic Church. The couple resided in St. Michael, MN. God blessed their marriage with nine children. Ralph was a faithful life long active member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, Catholic Aid, Catholic Order of Foresters, St. Michael Legion Post #567 & the St. Michael Foundation. He honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1951-1953. Ralph thoroughly enjoyed entertaining & creating many great memories with relatives & friends.
Survivors include his devoted & loving wife of 64 years, Letitia; children, Nancy (Dave) Hancock, Gregg (Leslie) Dick, Mary (Paul) Hackenmueller, Sharon (Larry) Jude, Mike (Michelle) Dick, Patty (Jeff) Plude, David Dick, Tom (Bonnie) Dick & Joe (fiancé, Jodi) Dick; 24 grandchildren & 13 great-grandchildren: Mike Hancock, Lance (Heather) Hancock & son, Oliver, Blake (Tamara) Hancock & daughter, Talla, Elliot (Allee) Hancock, Chris (Daryl) Boeckers & children, Marcus & Madelyn, Michelle (Aaron) Stupar & sons, Chase & Carson; Kim (Bryan) Thayer & daughter, Aubrey, Vince (Jessica) Hackenmueller & children, Summer, Zachery & Brady, Brian (fiancé, Amanda) Hackenmueller, Eric (Christina) Hackenmueller & expected son, Nick Jude, Ashley (Matt) Hanson & expected daughter, Letitia Jude, Jacob Dick, Ben Dick, Adam (Keri) Plude & daughter, Hayley, Andrew (Brittany) Plude, Brittany (fiancé Joe) Plude, Daniel Dick, Sara Dick, Megan Dick, Isabel Dick, Aly Heurung & Riley Heurung, other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by his parents, Lambert & Mollie Dick, brother, Lloyd Dick, sister-in-law, Rita Dick, brother-in-law, Lowell Zachman & infant grandson, Ken Hackenmueller.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the St. Michael rectory building fund.