Ralph H. Matheus, 96, passed away on Sunday at Ridgewood Care Center.  Ralph was born in Milwaukee on October 14, 1921, and was the son of the late Paul and Marie (Nee:  Doman) Matheus.

He proudly served in the United States Army.  On October 29, 1950 he was united in marriage to Alice Hessler who preceded him in death on March 6, 2000.  Ralph was a longtime active member of Wellington Park Lutheran Church of Milwaukee, and more recently Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine.  He had a passion for the opera and art.

Ralph will be dearly missed by his sons, Craig Matheus (Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen), Mark (Sharon) Matheus; sister, Lorraine Meixner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his brother, Harvey.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m.  Private entombment with Full Military Honors will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park.   Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Ralph’s caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.