Ralph George Gresch

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Ralph G. Gresch

Ralph George Gresch, 81, of Sherrard, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 13, 2010 at the home of his son in Sherrard. He was surrounded by his family.

A graveside service was held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16, 2010 at the Sherrard Cemetery. Pastor Cindy Rettig from the Preemption United Methodist Church officiated. A luncheon gathering to celebrate his life followed the service at the Preemption United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Kirk, Huggins, & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion assisted the family. Online condolences may be expressed to Ralph’s family by visiting his obituary at

Ralph was born on April 4, 1929 in Kranzburg, S.D., to Frank and Anne (Zaug) Gresch. His mother died of tuberculosis when he was three and he was lovingly raised by his stepmother, Alice (Dorman) Gresch. Ralph married Elaine Schnowske on April 7, 1956 in Davenport, Iowa. She died Oct. 24, 2006. They raised four children in Swedona, and then moved to Sherrard, where they helped raise and spoil their many grandchildren. Ralph retired from the Rock Island Arsenal where he was a lumber and equipment operator. Ralph enjoyed his family, gardening, visiting with friends while dining out and discussing the second coming of Christ.

Left to honor his memory are his children, Danny (Donna) Gresch, Sherrard, Annette (Kenneth) Rowland, New Windsor, Carla (Dean) Gooding, Maquon and Melanie Gresch, Milan, eight grandchildren and their spouses, two step-grandchildren and their spouses, and seven great-grandchildren. He also has two brothers, Maruice Gresch, Springfield, Minn. and Richard (Char) Gresch, West Seneca, N.Y.

He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Mary Ann; brother  Edward Gresch,,  a step-great-grandaughter Alyssa Gooding and a great-grandson Nicholas Rowland.