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Ralph Paul Pfeifer – Metz Mortuary

    Ralph Paul Pfeifer
    Ralph Paul Pfeifer, age 84 of York, died Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at York.

    He was born on Jan. 29, 1933 to Lawrence and Dorothy (Syslo) Pfeifer in Albion.

    He attended school in St. Bernard after which he worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the Army on April 20, 1953. He spent most of his time in Germany during the Korean War. He was discharged on April 9, 1955. He married Betty Werner on Aug. 1, 1956 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Humphrey. To this union was born six children and they were blessed with 60 years of marriage.

    They lived near St. Bernard on the farm for two years and then farmed near Waterloo, Iowa for one year. When they moved back to Nebraska, Ralph opened a furniture and appliance store in Columbus. Later he worked for General Telephone Co. selling yellow page ads in Lincoln. In 1970, he purchased Trade and Transactions, an advertising shopper in York, which he ran until the time the newspaper was sold in 1997. Ralph has been retired since then.

    Ralph has been an active member of St. Joseph Church in York, serving as an acolyte. Ralph was a member of the Ambassadors in York Chamber, as well as, many other community affairs. Ralph was always a hard worker, enjoyed yard work, gardening, spending time with family and friends, as well as, wintering in Mesa, Ariz.

    He is survived by his wife, Betty of York and six children, Cheryl (Tom) Johnson of Omaha, Janie (Jerry) Watson of Grand Island, Larry Pfeifer of Bellevue,  Randy (Shari) Pfeifer of Loveland, Colo., Rick (Denise) Pfeifer of Waco and Pat (Lisa) Pfeifer of Highlands Ranch, Colo. He is also survived by ten grandchildren: Jeremy Watson of Grand Island, Jessica (Scott) Kingsley of Highlands Ranch, Beau Whitson of Loveland, Jacqui Watson-Schlund of Highlands Ranch, Brooke (Mark) Ramel of Crete, Brandon Pfeifer of Kansas City, Mo., Cameron Pfeifer of Lincoln, Steven Pfeifer of Boulder, Colo., Ryan Pfeifer of Boulder and Briana Pfeifer of Lincoln; five great-grandchildren, Madilyn, Maclane, Aiden, Lane and Lindsey; brothers, George (Elaine) Pfeifer of Norfolk, Ervin (Carol) Pfeifer of Albuquerque, N.M. and Mark (LaVern ) Pfeifer of Dallas, Texas; plus many brothers/sisters in-law, many cousins, and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; Lawrence and Dorothy Pfeifer.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York with the Reverend Monsignor Reinert officiating. Ralph will be donating his body to the State Anatomical Board of Nebraska, for medical research and education, following services. A rosary will be said at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2017 at Metz Chapel. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the rosary. Visitation will be held on Friday from 1-8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) or to the family for later designation. 

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