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Ralph Edward Spies

July 17, 1926 ~ June 22, 2018 (age 91)

Ralph Spies of Tipton passed on June 22, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids following a brief illness. Ralph was 91 years old. He was born to Ida and Andrew Spies on July 17, 1926 in Davenport. Ralph was married to Jean Rohwer on October 12, 1946. She proceeded him in death on April 26, 1982.

Ralph worked for Hargrave Implement for 47 years not only as an employee but as a great friend. We say “thank you” to the Hargrave family.

Ralph was the father to 10 children, 2 of which have proceeded him in death. Diane Kessler and Dean Spies. Ralph is survived by Jim (Carol) Spies, Connie (Tony) Daluisio, Bob (Sue) Spies, Gary Spies, Ronnie Spies, Terry (Deb) Spies, Bonnie (Mark) Meier and Dick (Jan) Spies; 21 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his dancing partner, June Meade, a brother and 3 sisters.

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 28th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Fry Funeral Home with a short service immediately following at 11:00 am.

As a family we would like to thank everyone for caring and being a part of our father’s life. A very special thank you to his afternoon visitor, Bella.

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