Ralph Zempel1950 - 2018
Ralph Paul Zempel age 67 of Rogers City
passed away July 25, 2018 while at work in Grayling.
He was born October 26, 1950 in Rogers City
to Richard and Joyce (Erkfitz) Zempel.
He is survived by
his wife, Natalie;
3 children, Tereasa Welker of Maryland, Tyler Zempel of Sterling Hgts.
and Jordan (fiancée, Ellen Skiba) Zempel of Alpena;
2 grandchildren, Danielle and Logan Welker;
Mother, Joyce Zempel of Rogers City;
sister, Lynn (Harlow) Hardies of Belknap; and
brother, David (Mary) Zempel of Frankfort,
Ralph was preceded in death by:
his father, Richard; and
an infant sister, Brenda Sue.
He graduated from Rogers City High School in 1968. On September 21,
1985 he married Natalie Wagner at St. John Lutheran Church in Rogers
City. He began working at the Calcite Plant in 1970; 18 years later he
took a position at the Lafarge Corporation in Alpena where he retired
in 2008. He was currently employed by IPEC as a Safety Coordinator.
Ralph loved to play the guitar in church and at social gatherings. He
enjoyed playing spitzer; he was a baseball coach and umpire for many
years, Ralph was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church and
St. John Lutheran Church, both in Rogers City. He loved spending time
with his family.
Friends may visit at the Beck Funeral Home on Saturday, July 28th from
4-8 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm, Visitation will resume on Sunday
at St. John Lutheran Church from 1 pm until time of his funeral at
2 pm with Pastor J, Derek Riddle officiating.
Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. John Lutheran Church or
Peace Lutheran Church in memory of Ralph Zempel.