Ralph Marlen Vlcek

November 18, 1942April 14, 2019

Ralph Marlen Vlcek, LCDR, USN, Ret., of Niantic, passed away peacefully at home on April 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on November 18, 1942, in Beatrice, NE, the son of William L. and Anna C. (Sokolik) Vlcek. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1961 upon his graduation from Wilber High School and entered the submarine service. Following his retirement from the Navy in 1983 at the rank of LCDR, he worked for Analysis and Technology, Tracor Applied Sciences, and DDL OMNI Engineering where he was the Vice President of the Engineering Services Division before his retirement in 2017. He was an avid reader, a handyman who could fix anything, and a season ticket holder of the WNBA CT Sun and UCONN Women’s basketball teams.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith (Vara) Vlcek; his daughters Angela Davol and her husband, Roderick, Jr., of East Providence, RI, Judith Cloherty and her husband, James, of North Attleboro, MA, and Terri White and her husband, Jonathan, of East Lyme, CT; his grandchildren Michael, Jason and Samantha Davol, Matthew and Bryan Cloherty, and Rachel and Sarah White; his siblings, Willma Zavadil and her husband Dean of Lincoln, NE, and Lloyd Vlcek and his wife Sandy of Florida; and brother-in-law, Samuel Vara, Jr., of Niantic. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, April 22nd, at 11am in St. Agnes Church, 22 Haigh Ave., Niantic. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, New London.

The family would like to thank the staff at Hospice of Southeastern CT and the Lank Center at Dana Farber for the wonderful care they provided to Ralph. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to Hospice of SECT, 227 Dunham Street, Norwich, CT 06360 or at


  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 22, 2019

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Raymond Fritz

April 23, 2019

Dear Judith and family and friends of Ralph M. Vlcek, LCDR, USN, Ret.,

On behalf of the United States Submarine Veterans - USSVI, please accept our sincere sympathy at Ralph’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you find kindness to warm you, sympathy to comfort you, and cherished memories to bring peace to your heart.

We are forever grateful for Ralph's service to our country in the United States Submarine service. Ralph joined the Navy in 1961 and retired in 1983 as a LCDR. Ralph was a crewmember on the USS Grampus (SS-523), USS John Marshall (SSBN-611), and USS Flying Fish (SN-673). To our Brother of the Phin we say, “Sailor, rest your oar. We have the watch.”

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.

Vlcek, Ralph M., LCDR, USN, Ret., US Navy, now on Eternal Patrol -- Fair Winds and Following Seas to our departed shipmate. Ralph’s record is posted online in the Eternal Patrol file on the USSVI website.

Rev. Ray Fritz, EM1(SS) - Acting National Chaplain United States Submarine Veterans, USSVI and Assistant Chaplain Carolina Piedmont Base, USSVI. Leave a message at (803-619-1121).

Judy Cloherty

April 16, 2019

We love you, Dad, and are so proud of you