Obituary: Ralph J. Lemke
Ralph J. Lemke passed away peacefully on December 5, 2021 at his home outside of Bozeman, Montana. Ralph was born on October 8, 1935 in Alexandria, Minnesota to Paul and Clara (Timm) Lemke. Growing up, Ralph attended the Lutheran Parish Elementary School and Alexandria High School. He then attended the Remington Rand Office Machine Service School.
Throughout his life, Ralph lived in many places across the country including St. Paul, MN, Missoula, MT, Elmira, NY, Moorhead, MN, Big Sky, MT and finally Bozeman.
Ralph married the love of his life, Myra Mae (Skierecki) Lemke, while living in Alexandria. Together they raised three sons.
Throughout his career, Ralph has held many jobs in many professions. Some of his jobs included working for Northland Ski Manufacturing, owning and operating a bicycle shop with his father, operating a forklift, working as a film projectionist, doing a commercial laundry service, and owning a Diversified Maintenance.
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Ralph was well known for his natural skills as a handyman. Ralph was also known for his passion for skiing and training. He was instrumental in the creation of the Bridger Ski Team. He was also instrumental in starting the Big Sky racing team and in training and participating in the Masters Racing program.
Ralph loved his friends and family and always loved including them in his activities, which included roller skating, dance skating, Nordic ski jumping, water skiing, woodworking and camping. Ralph also loved his country and served eight years in the National Guard.
Ralph was predeceased by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Myra; sons, Randolph (Rebecca) Lemke, Robert (Mary) Lemke and Roger Lemke; sisters, Vangie Mayton and Verla Schwedemann; brother, Harlan Lemke; and a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Private family services will take place.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dokken-Nelson Funeral Services. www.dokkennelson.com [dokkennelson.com]