Ralph E. Knick

April 16, 1921July 8, 2018
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Ralph E. Knick, age 97 of Greenville, Ohio passed away at 10:10 PM Sunday July 8, 2018 at his residence. He was born April 16, 1921 in Greenville and the son of the late Stanley and Esther (Beisner) Knick.

Ralph retired in 1983 from the United Telephone Company where he had been employed for over 37 years. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. Also a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville, the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, Eagles Lodge where he had attained the Golden Age status, V.F.W., American Legion and Masonic Lodge, all of Greenville. He was also a member of the Telephone Pioneer Association, the Vero Beach, Florida American Polish Club, the American Czech-Slovak Club of Dayton and had been very active in Polka Ballroom dancing. He was also an avid gardener and spent many hours working in his extensive orchard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn E. (Hunt) Knick January 19, 2017. They were married February 7, 1942. Also his daughter and son-in-law Connie and Dean Salts; brothers William Knick, Jack Knick, Robert Knick and Donald Knick and a sister Helen Shiverdecker.

Ralph is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Tom and Sharon Knick of Tipp City, Ohio; grandson Scott (Nicole) Knick; great grandchildren Adriana, Parker and Bennett Knick; Special friend Velma Lucas of Greenville as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 10:30 AM Saturday July 14, 2018 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church 131 East Fourth Street Greenville, Ohio with Pastor Alan Knoke officiating. Burial with Military Honors by the Greenville Veterans Honor Guard will follow in the Greenville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Zechar Bailey Funeral Home Greenville, Ohio and on Saturday 1 hour prior to the service in the church.

The Greenville Masonic Lodge will conduct a Masonic Memorial Service at 7:45 PM Friday in the funeral home.

It is the wishes of the family that Memorial Contributions be given to State of the Heart Hospice Care of Darke County. .


  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Ralph E. Knick

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Maribeth Sipniewski

July 11, 2018

Dear Tom and family,
Please accept our condolences on the loss of your father. What a wonderful legacy he built!
Maribeth and Jeff Sipniewski

Bob & Linda Vehorn

July 10, 2018

I learned of this tonight. I am so sorry to hear of Ralph passing. As we just loved him to pieces. But I take comfort in knowing that he now is in heaven with his loving wife Kate. He missed her so bad..
Ralph is a man of great intergity and wished there more of them like him. He was a pure gentlemen and he took his marriage to Kate very seriously. They were a lovely couple.
I enjoyed talking to him about Kate and the people that gave them a party I believe for anniversary or something to that nature and his family and his little great grandson eating his applesauce. It was sweet and he would tell me about his gardening. Ralph you are one great person and you will be greatly missed. May you Rest in Peace!!

Vera Houpt

July 10, 2018

Amazing man and he will be missed. I worked at the pone company with him and remember him bringing me fresh smoked salmon. I am sorry for your loss and many prayers for all of the family and friends.

Vera Houpt

Thomas Riegle

July 10, 2018

WOW! What a life this man lived. A great mentor, friend and boss, we consider it to have been a extremely large privilege to have been associated with him as well as Aunt Kate for almost 50 years. Rest in peace Uncle Ralph!

Thomas D. Riegle
United Telephone (Sprint)
Gail A. Riegle