Ralph Oscar Pretzer


Birth: February 8th, 1937
Death: July 26th, 2017
Age: 80 years
Residence:Sanford
High School:Midland High School - 1956
Survived By: his wife Lois, his children Scott (Della) Pretzer, Shari (Tom) Workentine, and Amy (Dean) McGuire, and by his grandchildren Kelsey and Jason Pretzer and Conner (Jaclyn) and Kylie Workentine. He is also survived by his brother Bruce (Marsha) Pretzer, sister Kaye (Don) Bailey, and his sisters-in-law Eldine Pretzer and Connie Pretzer; also brother-in-law Loren Engelhardt and sisters-in-law Doreen (Rinie) Hrdlovich, Irene Engelhardt and Kathy Engelhardt. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.
 
Served In: Army
 

Ralph Oscar Pretzer, 80, of Sanford, Michigan, was surrounded by his loving family when he went to his heavenly home on July 26 after a battle with leukemia. Ralph was born February 8, 1937 on a farm in Laporte, Michigan to Oscar and Selma Pretzer. Upon graduation from Midland High School in 1956, he served his country for three years with the 101st Airborne Division. He then started a 36 year career with Dow Corning Corporation. On October 8, 1960 he married the love of his life, Lois Engelhardt, in Bay City. They were blessed with three children and four grandchildren.  Lois and Ralph’s greatest joy in life has been their family. 

 

Ralph was a great outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and sharing his knowledge about both, especially with his children and grandchildren. He also played fast-pitch softball and volleyball, and was a member of city championship teams in both sports. Ralph enjoyed golfing, and he participated in leagues with his buddies at Sandy Ridge for many years. 

 

 After retiring from Dow Corning in 1995, he and Lois built a house on Sanford Lake where they spent many fun times with family and friends. The annual Father’s Day fish fry was something the whole family looked forward to. They spent winters in Summerfield, Florida, where they enjoyed golfing and playing cards with friends. Ralph and Lois loved to attend as many of their grandchildren’s activities and events as possible.  He was a lifelong member of the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. 

 

Ralph is survived by his wife Lois, his children Scott (Della) Pretzer, Shari (Tom) Workentine, and Amy (Dean) McGuire, and by his grandchildren Kelsey and Jason Pretzer and Conner (Jaclyn) and Kylie Workentine.  He is also survived by his brother Bruce (Marsha) Pretzer, sister Kaye (Don) Bailey, and his sisters-in-law Eldine Pretzer and Connie Pretzer; also brother-in-law Loren Engelhardt and sisters-in-law Doreen (Rinie) Hrdlovich, Irene Engelhardt and Kathy Engelhardt.   He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, extended family and close friends.    

 

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Carl and Gale Pretzer, and by his nephew Richie; he looked forward to reuniting with them and many other family and friends in heaven. 

 

A service celebrating Ralph’s life will take place Monday, July 31 at 11 am at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1550 S. Poseyville Rd. in Midland, with Pastor Tige Culbertson officiating. Ralph’s family will receive friends at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. in Midland, on Sunday, July 30 from 4-8 pm and also at the church starting at 10 am until the time of service. A luncheon will be provided immediately following the service at Messiah Lutheran Church, and burial will follow at Midland Cemetery, 3220 Orchard Drive in Midland.

 

The family would like to thank the MidMichigan Health Hospice Program, and a special thanks to his hospice team, especially to his nurse Corie, for the loving care that was provided to him in his last days.

 

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a donation to St. John Lutheran Church, Messiah Lutheran Church, MidMichigan Health Hospice program, or to the charity of their choice. 



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