Ralph R. Umbdenstock of Kerrville, Texas, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas, where he had been briefly hospitalized with pneumonia.
The son of Anthony & Elvira (Klemm) Umbdenstock, he was born at home on Nov. 1, 1951, with his twin sister Rita.
On Oct. 16, 1999, he married Judi Kruzel. They made their home in Warrenville, Ill., until Ralph’s retirement, when they moved to Kerrville.
Ralph spent his early years on the farm near Maple Park, helping with chores and working with his father building grain bins. Ralph graduated from Kaneland High School with the class of 1970.
Ralph was a Vietnam veteran and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1972. He graduated from Waubonsee Community College in 1975.
Ralph loved to travel, and had the opportunity to do so when he worked for Barber Greene for a number of years and then Lucent Technologies for 13 years. He spent two years in Barcelona, Spain, helping set up a new phone system prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.
Ralph enjoyed skiing and scuba diving on his vacations. He could always tell a story or joke and always remembered the punch line. Every person he met became his friend, and those people never forgot Ralph.
Ralph continued to live on the family farm after his parents moved to Maple Park. He maintained the family farm pond, where many swimming parties were enjoyed with family and friends.
He was a 41-year member and Past Commander of Maple Park American Legion Post 312, involved with the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and La Society des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux Locale No. 592.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Judi; step-daughters, Shawna Lee and Rachele Gatherings; one brother, Anthony; seven sisters, Sheryl Montavon, Mary (Joseph) Walter, Kathryn Belsches, Nancy Walter, Josephine Sprovieri, Rita (David) Campbell and Helen Umbdenstock; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a world full of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Elvira; one sister, Carol (Henry) Kohley; and three brothers-in-law, John Montavon, Henry Kohley and David Belsches.
Funeral services were held at Grimes Funeral Chapel in Kerrville on Saturday. Internment with military honors will take place at a date to be determined at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
A memorial gathering in Maple Park will take place at a future date.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Legion Post 312, P.O. Box 97, Maple Park, IL 60151.