Ralph V. Kiser, 74, Star City, passed away at 11:14 p.m. Sunday, April 8, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born June 17, 1943, in Wolcott to the late Burley and Marie Grafton Kiser. Ralph was a 1962 graduate of Star City High School. On May 11, 1963, he married the love of his life, Barbara Selle at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Kewanna, by Father Matthew Drennan.
Ralph worked at Wilson Foods in Logansport for 26 years and was the former secretary/treasurer of the UFCW. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac and the Star City Volunteer Fire Department. Ralph enjoyed fishing, hunting and mushroom hunting as well as coaching his son's Little League team and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was an avid Notre Dame and Chicago Cubs fan. Most of all, Ralph enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, neighbor and friend. Ralph battled and beat cancer numerous times beginning in 1992 and was an inspiration to all. Ralph fought hard for his family; his love and determination never went unnoticed by those who knew him.
Survivors include: wife, Barbara Selle Kiser; children, Greg (Jackie) Kiser, Jackie (Rick) Petrie, Jennifer Johansen and Katie (Chad) Burton; grandchildren, Emma (fiance Eric Myers) Kiser, Austin (Megan) Kiser-Petrie, Ellie Kiser, Autumn (Josh) Schoeff, Mitchell (fiance Jackie Gonzalez) Petrie, Tanner Johansen, Tucker Johansen, Truman Johansen, Conner Burton, Hillary Burton and Liam Burton; great-grandchildren, Maren Taylor Schoeff, Tidus Myers, Emma Myers and Julissa Marin; siblings, Dolly Miller, Ruth (Richard) Wentz, Rex (Bonnie) Kiser and Nancy (George) Bechtel; sisters-in-law, Francis Kiser, Judy Kiser, Mary (Bob) Short and Ellen Hargis-Miller; brother-in-law, Dick (Marti) Selle; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents, Burley and Marie Grafton Kiser; siblings, Lee (Merlene) Kiser, Dean (Evelyn) Kiser, Bob (Flora Mae) Kiser, Chet (Lois) Kiser, Nellie (Truman) Baker, Merle Kiser, Harold (Sheri) Kiser and Paul Kiser; mother-in-law, Betty Hamman Selle Frazie; father-in-law, Bill Selle; and grandparents-in-law, Herbert and Goldie Hamman.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. (EDT) Friday, April 13, at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Winamac, with the Rev. Leroy Kinnaman officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter's Cemetery in Winamac.
Visitation will be 3-8 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, April 12, at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. A Scriptural Wake service will be at 8 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Star City Volunteer Fire Department or The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc.
Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at www.frainmortuary.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac.
Published on April 10, 2018