Published On: Wed, Jul 6th, 2011

Obituary – Ralph Joseph Foecke

Ralph Joseph Foecke

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. — Ralph Joseph Foecke, 76, Ocean Springs, Miss., died June 27, 2011.
Visitation was prior to services June 30 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Ocean Springs.
Mass of Christian Burial was June 30 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Ocean Springs.
Burial, with full Military Honors, was at the Biloxi National Cemetery.
The Ocean Springs Chapel Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph was born in Crofton June 27, 1935. After serving 20 years in the US Air Force, he and his wife, Shirley, retired to Gulfport, Miss. He went to college at the University of Southern Mississippi and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, as well as his specialist degree. He worked for Job Corps for many years before working at the Veteran’s Administation Hospital in both Gulfport and Biloxi. After retiring from the V.A., he and Shirley were full time RVers, traveling all over the U.S. for more than 10 years. Ralph volunteered with the AARP for many years doing income tax returns. When he and Shirley moved to the Villa Maria, Ocean Springs, after Hurricane Katrina, he called Bingo every Wednesday until forced by his illness to stop.
He was a member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and the Ocean Springs Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of over 50 years, Shirley (Legendre); children and spouses, Catherine and Jerry Park, Clayton, N.C.; Keith and Kimberly Storm, Bellingham, Wash.; and Lisa and Johnny Kitchens, Thomson, Ga.; a grandson, Patrick; granddaughter, Tasha; great-grandson, Gabriel; brothers, Harold, Paris, France; and Jerome, Dassell, Minn.; sisters and spouses, Mildred and Bob Cogdill, Dunlap, Iowa; Genevieve and Hayden Owens, Ferndale, Wis.; Delores Lintel, Lincoln; Gerelda and Charles Tramp, Crofton; Mary Davis, Denver, Colo.; Barbara and Charles MacDonald, Germany; and many, many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Martha (Pick); brother, Dennis; and sisters, Irene Goeken and Sister Rhoda (Jeanette).
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society, 417 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507 or the Relay For Life.