OBITUARY

Ralph Andrew Jespersen

May 9, 1925October 17, 2016

Ralph Jespersen, a highly respected politician, farmer, church leader and community builder, passed away on Monday, October 17, 2016 at the age of 91. Ralph is survived by his wife, Bernice; his three children, Darrell (Karen) Jespersen, Debi (Clark) Mills and Delnita (Darcy) Torhjelm; his nine grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Ralph’s life and career is filled with accolades and recognition. In addition to his political career where he sat as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in Stony Plain from 1967-1971, he was also inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1995, and received the Governor General Caring Canadian award in 2012. As the last surviving member of his generation of Jespersens, Ralph’s passing bears particular significance to the Town of Stony Plain, where he lived and volunteered his entire life. The Jespersen family was foundational to the community and Ralph’s commitment to it will be felt for generations to come. Ralph was a champion for people, his church, community, province and country, but most of all, his family and his faith. Ralph leaves behind a legacy as a devoted husband, a loving, patient father, and a sweet, gracious grandfather. Always quick with a warm smile and an encouraging word, Ralph exhibited grace and love in all he did. While we are overjoyed that Ralph is now celebrating in God’s presence, his presence in his family, his church and his community will be sorely missed. A memorial service for Ralph will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:30 at Stony Plain Alliance Church (4900 53 Ave.)

REMEMBERING

Ralph Andrew Jespersen

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Ben & Alison Beil

December 19, 2016

Deepest sympathy to Bernice and all the family.

Karen & Larry Cox

November 11, 2016

Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.

Lawrence and Shirley Werbicki

October 29, 2016

A great man with a great heart leaving a great and positive footprint on everyone's heart that knew him.
Ralph will be missed.
Our prayers go out to the family.

Inez Scheideman

October 28, 2016

To Mrs. Jespersen and all the children,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss and know your hearts are heavy with the parting of this wonderful man. I will always remember his loving smile, laughter and warmth at each of our greetings. Hold your memories close to your heart.

Dave and Inez Scheideman

Carol Stewart

October 24, 2016

To Ralph's Family,
Thank you for sharing him with all of us - his dedication and kindness lives on in all who knew him.
I know I felt cherished to have known him.

Dave Tjart

October 24, 2016

My sincere condolences to Bernice and the family. I remember Ralph with great fondness, and thank God for his life of dedication to God and his community. May our Father hold you in His loving arms of comfort.

Keith Dreger

October 22, 2016

To Bernice and Family. So sorry to hear of your lose. The Dreger family is large and scattered, so opportunities to meet and gather have been few. However, on those occasions when I had the pleasure to meet and talk with Ralph and you, Bernice, it was clear to me why my father Jerry Dreger, your cousin, spoke so highly of both of you.

margaret and waslow waldowski

October 22, 2016

we would like to send our condolences to the family and express Ralphs dairy legacy and as a former M.P. and his dedicated community involvement

October 21, 2016

Although in recent years we have not had much contact with the family, I remember the impact both Ralph and Bernice had on me as I was growing up in the Stony Plain Alliance youth group and church. Their home was always open. Also I respected Ralph's integrity as he served his community in so many ways. Greetings and prayers for the family these days as you celebrate his life and at the same time mourn his passing. Blessings from Dan and Melodie Ibsen (Mamou, Guinea, West Africa)

Beth Murray

October 20, 2016

So happy that I was blessed to know Ralph and his family. He was a lovely man of God who was full of love and concern for others. Praying for Bernice, Delnita, Debi and Darryl and families during this time of great loss. Glenn and I are wishing you peace and comfort as you walk through this time of grief.