Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2008

Obituary – Ralph Leise

HARTINGTON — Ralph Joseph Leise, 80, Hartington, died of a heart attack March 25, 2008, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation, with a rosary and vigil service, was March 28 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home, Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 29 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Hartington, with the Rev. John Pietramale officiating.


Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington.
Pallbearers were Dan Leise, Jim Leise, Jim Anderson, Jim Brummer, Jeff Leise and Curt Loecker.
Ralph Joseph Leise was born Feb. 10, 1928, in Hartington, to Joseph and Agatha (Becker) Leise. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1945, and served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. Ralph married Charlotte A. Brummer April 14, 1953, in Bow Valley. He and Charlotte lived on the Leise family farm, east of Hartington, for 50 years of their married life. Ralph worked for the ASCS office in Cedar County for 23 years, and farmed well into retirement.
Ralph was an active member of Holy Trinity parish, Hartington, and was a member of the American Legion Post #31, Wynot. He was also a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus.
He loved baseball and Notre Dame football, and will be remembered sitting in his favorite La-Z-Boy listening to St. Louis Cardinals baseball games on his transistor radio. He also enjoyed spending time with and nicknaming his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte, and his children and their spouses, Michael Leise, Omaha; Steve and Brenda Leise, Hartington; Tom and Lisa Leise, Omaha; and Karen (Leise) and Randy Henke, Yutan; brothers, Harold Leise, Hartington, and Gene Leise, Red Wing, Minn.; sisters, Elaine Leise, Omaha, and Monica Loberg, Carroll; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren (KD, Niff, and Care Bear, JB, Daner, Popcorn, EJ, Punker and TJ).
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents.

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