Ralph A. Blum, age 77, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson.
Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023, at 11:00 A.M. at Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral chapel.
Military Honors by Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.
Ralph Adolph Blum was born on April 6, 1945, in Hutchinson, Minnesota. He was the son of Adolph and Lena (Koevnick) Blum. Ralph was baptized as an infant on April 29, 1945, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth on May 3, 1959, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, Minnesota. He received his education in Stewart and was a graduate of the Stewart High School Class of 1963.
Ralph entered active military service in the United States Air Force on June 11, 1963, in Minneapolis, Minnesota and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict. He received an Honorable Discharge on November 8, 1966, at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California, and achieved the rank of Airman First Class.
On December 8, 1973, Ralph was united in marriage to Phyllis Gores at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart. This marriage was blessed with one daughter, Misty Lynn. Ralph and Phyllis resided in Hutchinson. They shared 49 years of marriage.
Ralph was employed as a PIV Operator for 3M. He retired on October 31, 2001, after 34½ years. Ralph was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. He was also a member of the Hutchinson American Legion Post 96 and Hutchinson VFW Post 906.
Ralph enjoyed camping at Cross Lake, riding motorcycle, deer hunting, reading, flying airplanes, cars, and fireworks. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Ralph passed away on Sunday, March 5, 2023, at Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson, at the age of 77 years.
Blessed be his memory.
Ralph is survived by his:
Wife, Phyllis Blum of Hutchinson, MN;
Son-in-law, Ben Gustafson of Anthem, AZ;
Grandchildren, Noah and Lillian “Lily” Gustafson of Anthem, AZ;
Many other relatives and friends.
Ralph is preceded in death by his Parents; Adolf and Lena Blum; Daughter, Misty Gustafson; Brother, Don Blum; Sisters, Dorothy Wagner and Julie Blum.