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Ralph George Ohnemus

January 29, 1931November 15, 2020
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Ralph George Ohnemus, 89, passed away on November 15, 2020 in Katy, Texas and will be greatly missed by those lucky enough to have known him.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dolores Mae Ohnemus; son, Jerry Jones (Linda); grandchildren, Steven Jones (Heather) and Cammie Wright (Sam); two great granddaughters, Eleanore Jones and Noel Bruner (Cory); and a great, great granddaughter, Rivers Bruner. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Haynes; father, William Ohnemus; sister, Lucille Brinkman; and beloved uncles “Fritz” and George Ohnemus.

Born in Baden, Missouri in 1931, Ralph loved watching planes fly overhead as a boy and longed to see the world. Years later, he was lucky enough to work his way up from humble beginnings to an international executive position that allowed him to make his boyhood dreams come true. After pursuing higher education in chemistry, he started working in the laboratory with Petrolite Corporation. Friendly, talkative, and a storyteller by nature, he quickly moved into sales. He loved his career, especially while working and living overseas with his wife, Dolores, and enjoyed sharing the many great adventures they experienced. After serving in various vice presidential roles, he retired after 37 years of work with Petrolite.

Ralph was a longtime member of Willow Fork Country Club and an avid golfer making his 2nd hole-in-one at the age of 87. Anyone, young or old, who played golf with Ralph became his friend, and those who shared a drink with him quickly learned the toast “Be salamati”. After a round of golf, Ralph could usually be seen having a Budweiser with his fellow golfers while he related stories about his days in the oil fields or in the Korean War, as well as occasionally giving investment advice. A fellow golfer and friend said of him, “His good humor and genuine kindness undoubtedly made him the most popular golfer in the Club.”

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Katy Funeral Home (23350 Kingsland Blvd) on Sunday, November 22, 2020 with services and reception immediately following. Interment will occur the following day at the Houston National Cemetery (10410 Veterans Memorial Dr) on Monday, November 23, 2020. The procession to the cemetery will begin lining up at the Katy Funeral Home at 8:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Veterans of Foreign Wars (www.vfw.org).

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Condolences from Allen and Sandra Farley. We will miss you around the neighborhood. Farley

November 18, 2020

Loved having you for a neighbor.

derek skoyles

November 18, 2020

Ralph was a special man, witty, kind, irreverent and strong. Our favourite Korean veteran and good friend. RIP

Sandra Farley

November 18, 2020

Goodbye to a wonderful neighbor.

Ed Hang

November 18, 2020

Ralph graced our presence as the best person one would ever meet and hope to be. His positive outlook on life and bringing the best out of people was a magnet for us all . The most popular table post the seniors golf was at Ralph's table to hoist a beer amongst friends.
We will miss you Ralphie Baby.

Thomas Guyon

November 17, 2020

Ralph was the heart and soul of our group-he started us 29 years ago and thru his kindness and acceptance grew us to be a large golf group and great friends.Never will forget all the "Ralph" stories told and retold over endless pitchers in the men's grill. Ralph was the most decent man I have ever known and never had a bad word for anyone-except the ChiComs. Ralph-you will always be in our hearts!

Ray Burke

November 17, 2020

It is not often in life that you get to meet a person that you both admire and respect. Ralph was one of those people. I will miss our conversations and story telling over a pitcher of beer after a round of golf. Priceless!

Sincerely

Margaret and Ray Burke

Dave Holland

November 17, 2020

Ralphie Baby
You were such a special man and I will be forever grateful for some if the life lessons you shared with me over beers at the golf club. I hope your next journey is also a special one

Love always
Dave Holland and Family

Debby Colletti

November 17, 2020

Dolores,

Greg and I are both so sorry for your loss. We have known both you and Ralph since 1984, It is such a small world that we met in Singapore and wound up in Houston. I am so grateful for our 36 years of friendship. We both send you and your family our deepest condolences and wish for peace and comfort to you and yours.
Sincerely,
Debby Colletti

Irwin Levowitz

November 17, 2020

Dear Dolores,
Ora and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of Ralph. I’ve known Ralph for thirty years and always enjoyed his big smile, sense of humour, and friendship. He will be sorely missed!
Again, my heartfelt sympathies to you and yours.
Sadly,
Irwin Levowitz
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