OBITUARY

Ralph E. Wienke

March 26, 1925July 7, 2013
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Ralph E. Wienke, 88, Independence, MO, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, followed by funeral services at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Moriah & Freeman Funeral Home, 10507 Holmes Rd., KCMO, 64131. Services will begin with a Masonic Rose Ceremony. Memorial contributions may be made to Norfleet Baptist Church or Ararat Shrine Center, 5100 Ararat Dr., KCMO, 64129. Interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Ralph was born March 26, 1925 in Danville, IL, son of Leonard and Hattie Fay (Jones) Wienke. He played clarinet in the all-grade school orchestra as well as the high school band and orchestra. Ralph was also in the Missouri Valley College Band, from which he graduated Cumlaude, receiving a B.S. in Administration (1947) and B.A. in Economics (1951). While a student at Valley, Ralph was active in campus organizations, serving as president of Sigma Phi Delta, an English Fraternity, and Alpha Phi Omega. He was initiated into Alpha Sigma Phi, a national school fraternity, in 1950 and managed the college bookstore for two years. In the fall of 1950, Ralph met Georgia Jacobson, a St. Luke’s Hospital nursing student, who became his wonderful wife December 29, 1951. Ralph earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. Ralph had an accounting career, working for such firms as Westinghouse Electric, General Motors Corp., Platte Pipe Line Co., and Troupe, Kehol, Whittaker and Kent, a CPA firm, retiring from the Metropolitan Community Colleges in 1990 as Business Manager of Pioneer Community College. He held adjunct faculty positions prior to retirement at the community colleges, Rockhurst University, Ottawa University, and William Jewell College. Ralph was an active member in the community, joining Alpha Lions Club in 1982, serving as club president, 1984-85, club secretary, and editor of the club newsletter, “The Alphaclamation.” He served Missouri Lions District 26-H as District Governor, 1993-94. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Ralph served as auditor and/or treasurer of the Council of Clubs, Inc.; an organization awarding scholarships to students within a 40 mile radius of Kansas City. Formed in 1901, the organization existed for 100 years, transferring its assets to the Truman Heartland Foundation. Ralph served as committee member reviewing “council” scholarship applications awarded through the foundation. He was a member of the Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge, a 55 year member of the Ararat Shrine where he played the clarinet in the Ararat Band. Ralph was a veteran of World War II, serving in a combat engineer battalion from 1943-1944, then the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of operations while with the Transportation Corps in Alaska from 1944-1945. He was discharged in 1946 while stationed at Fort Ord, CA. Ralph was a Charter Member of Norfleet Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, public relation chairman, treasurer, and sang in the choir. Ralph is preceded in death by daughter-in-law Deb. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Georgia Ann Wienke; daughter, Cheryl and husband Guy Foster; sons, John and wife Yvonne, Kurt, Robert and wife Rose; five granddaughters: Candice, Kaci, Kate, Sarah, Desi; step granddaughter, Miranda Underwood and husband Travis; two great granddaughters, Harlie and Hayden.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Bob

July 19, 2013

I am grateful for the life of Mr. Wienke. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

desiree wienke

July 15, 2013

Ralph was the only grandfather I have ever had since my mother's father passed away before I was born. Grandpa did a great job compensating for me not having another grandfather, whether he knew it or not. I could do no wrong in his eyes. He always made sure he got Grandma and himself to all of my softball games and track meets, weather permitting. They made it to all of my award ceremonies, and he never missed a birthday. I know I will feel an absence on my birthday when I don't receive his phone call just to sing me "Happy Birthday." I will miss his hugs and his constant cheerfulness the most. I know that he would not want me feel sad, because I know he is in Heaven with the Lord. He was a remarkable teacher, inspirational leader, amazing father, and excellent grandfather, and will be greatly missed.

Susan Ulrich

July 13, 2013

Maurice & Janice Cox

July 12, 2013

We can still see Ralph, roller blading just a few years back in the parking lot of Norfleet Baptist Church! He seemed to be ageless, always cheerful, thinking positive, and helping others, never burdening anyone or complaining. He was a gentleman, caring, kind, we will never forget all he did for others and as a deacon at NBC. He would take Georgia in her wheelchair, out to visit others or to cheer someone up. Helen Carnahan called us one day, overcome with tears as she said, "Guess who came to visit ME?" And it was the Weinkes, going over to cheer her up, even though they had their own health issues. Thank you, Ralph, for helping make the world a better place. For living out your life as a Christian and shining that light of our Savior's love for all to see and feel as you ministered here on earth! Our sympathy goes out to all the family at this time, he was such an inspiration and we know you will miss him.

Bob Harman

July 12, 2013

Our condolences to the family. Janet and I enjoyed knowing Ralph, he was a true gentleman.

Bob Wienke

July 12, 2013

I'm so thankful to have been blessed with a father that was such a wonderful, caring, dedicated, and faithful man. He touched so many lives throughout his years. He always had a smile on his face. He thanked the lord for every day. I will miss him and his positive outlook on life. Thank you to all of you for your condolences.

Scott Vance

July 12, 2013

I was proud that Ralph was awarded "The Buck O'Neil" red seat at Kauffman Stadium, and humbled that he let Sue and myself share his moment with him. Ralph was honestly the nicest, sincerest, gentleman I ever met. He is what you would want every American to emulate as a friend, father, employee and a man.....true blue all the way. My childhood memories would be rather empty without Ralph and his wonderful family living and sharing their lives with all us Vance's two doors up the street. My best to Georgia, Mike, Kurt, Bobby, Cheryl and all your family, friends.

Wayne Giles

July 11, 2013

Ralph was a valued employee of the Metropolitan Community Colleges for many years. You could always count on Ralph to do his job in a competent, friendly way. Even after he retired, one would see him and Georgia at college events. Sympathy and best wishes to his extended family

Kaci Wienke

July 11, 2013

Ralph was the best grandfather anyone could have ever asked for. I have so many amazing memories of all my time spent with him. He will be missed!

Phyllis Paul

July 11, 2013

My sincere condolences to Ralph's family. Ralph was my bowling team mate and was always so much fun and a really great bowler also. He was a kind, sweet man and will be greatly missed by everyone.