Ralph G. Landis

June 12, 1926March 17, 2018

Ralph G. Landis, 91, passed away March 17, 2018, in Fort Wayne.

Ralph was born June 12, 1926 in Fort Wayne the son of the late Arnold Jacob and Ruth M (Hoppas) Landis. A trained Concert Pianist he loved Classical Music and Opera and had many favorite composers. Ralph graduated from North Side High School, Fort Wayne and served a tour of duty in the U.S. Army as a Medic. He was retired from Bearings Inc. and Patterson Fletcher.

He was preceded in death by brother, Arnold Jack Landis, two sisters, Barbara A Napaluch, and Cora M Stone. Left to mourn his passing is a surrogate son, Brent Hamilton, a sister Mary Baker, both of Fort Wayne, eight nieces and four nephews. Services will be 1:30 Thursday March 22, 2018 at Klaehn, Fahl, Melton Funeral Home, 420 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, with visitation from 11:30 - 1:30. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park Preferred Memorials to St Jude Children's Research Hospital Tennessee


  • Visitation Thursday, March 22, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ralph G. Landis

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Valerie Rusk

March 20, 2018

When I was little Uncle Ralph would go with us to Chicago. We went to the Art Museum and later to Grant Park to the Concerts and Buckingham Fountain. And he used to go with us to Lake George and Silver Lake.
I remember him going with us to Buck Lake Ranch, and riding with him on the Ferris wheel for the first time.
We spent a lot of time together over the years.
When I came to Ft. Wayne to visit my father, the visit wouldn't be complete without stopping by his apartment to visit with him also.
I will miss him, greatly.

Valerie Landis-Rusk

Esther Lyons

March 19, 2018

From my mid-teen years we often visited Ralph on weekends and he was very happy to keep us entertained, and informed about everything 'music.' He taught us all about the history of great Composers and the Development of musical instruments and styles. We listened to earliest records to those of the present. We accompanied him to Trinity English Lutheran Church for elite music events, and to hear the best organists in the world! What a wonderful way to live a life!

Kathy Foust

March 19, 2018

Always loved Ralph! He used to entertain me when I was a little girl by playing the piano! It was my first exposure to classical music which came in handy later on when I took a music appreciation class in college! He was always happy and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Thankful for all the family gatherings he attended. I hope he has chocolate cake in heaven! He will be greatly missed by all who loved him.
God bless!

Linda Schible

March 19, 2018

ralph was always such a kind and good man. may he rest in peace

Barbara Anderson

March 19, 2018

Uncle Ralph was one-of-a-kind! He always made us laugh with his quirky sense of humor and his quick wit! He always had Brachs carmels and M&Ms at his house for us kids and he took impeccable care of his mom, our Grandma Landis until she passed! I loved hearing him play his piano!

Marguerite Brunner

March 19, 2018

No doubt, Uncle Ralph is playing his Baby Grand Piano for our Lord! He was one of the sweetest, most loving, adorably quirky, and fun people I have ever known! He was the beloved uncle of his nephews and nieces. My mother adored him as her big brother. We all loved him for everything that he was and he made for many wonderful, lifetime memories! Uncle Ralph, you’ll always be the coolest cat I’ve ever known! ❤️