Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 18, 2013

Ralph Francis Reamer

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Ralph Francis Reamer, 77, of Traverse City died Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Munson Hospice House.

The son of Joseph and Frances (Endres) Reamer, he was born April 22, 1935 in Hannah.

He served in the United States Army for eighteen months and in the Reserves for six years.

He moved to Traverse City in 1953 and has lived there since. On May 17, 1958 he married Laura E. Ingham.

Ralph worked at the Traverse City Regional Psychiatric Hospital for 36 years until its closure, retiring as building trades supervisor.

Ralph enjoyed fishing, hunting, working with wood, traveling, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of the American Military League.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Laura Reamer of Traverse City; sons, David (Cindi) Reamer, of Indiana, James (Danelle) Reamer, and John Reamer, of Traverse City; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; brothers, Ray (Betty) Reamer and Bob (Bette Lou) Reamer, both of Traverse City; sisters, Rose Marie (Ray) Duell, Marilyn (Rod) Rice, of Traverse City and Doris (Jim) Rodes, of Kingsley, and many nieces and nephews; two foster brothers, Ronnie Waukazoo and Roger Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter-in-law Diana.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, at the Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, where a Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, March 21, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Military honors will be provided the Army Active duty personnel and Cherryland VFW Post 2780. The family will greet friends at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Ralph to the American Kidney Association, American Lung Association or Munson Hospice House.

Please visit Ralph’s webpage at to sign the guest book and share a message or memory with his family before coming to the funeral home.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City to handle the services.