January 3, 2011
Ralph E. Kieper, 88, of Oswego died Monday in the Oswego Hospital after a short illness. He was born in Oswego the son of the late Carl and Clara Kieper. Ralph worked for the Netherland Dairy for twenty-eight years before going to work for Alcan Corp, from 1967 until his retirement in 1984. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Ralph was a third degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council # 227, and he was the recipient of Knight of the Year. He was a member of the Elks Lodge # 271, and the American Legion. Ralph was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, and the Golden Age. He was a volunteer for many years for the Oswego Hospital, Red Cross, Harborfest, and RSVP meals on wheels. He was one of the local Santa’s Helper, the Easter Bunny and performed as a Clown. He was predeceased by his first wife Irene Kieper, daughter Judy Bonney, stepdaughter Jean Reynolds, brothers Bernard Kieper, Carl Kieper, and sister Alice Knickerbocker. Ralph is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years Carmella Kieper of Oswego, son Lynn (Jeanette) Kieper of North Dakota, daughter Linda (Byron) Quinn of Vermont, step daughter Judy (William) Dale of Oswego, stepson John (Joann) Black of NM, brothers Howard Kieper of TX, and Edwin Kieper of IN, sister Shirley Cronk of Fulton, sixteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Friday 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Calling hours will be Thursday 4:00 –7:00 p.m. at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 West Fourth Street, Oswego. In lieu of flowers the family has requested contributions be made in Ralph’s name to St. Joseph organ and roof restoration.