Ralph C. Elke, 86, of Effingham, passed away at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Effingham.
A Celebration of Ralph’s life will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Pearson Building (Lake Sara) 15170 N. Beach Road, Effingham, IL 62401. The family requests to please wear casual attire. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ralph’s memory to Effingham County FISH Human Services, P.O. Box 473, Effingham, IL 62401. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonandsonsfh.com.
Ralph was born on Nov. 23, 1927, in Chicago, the son of William and Blanche (Larson) Elke. He married Susan C. Hallett on June 23, 1979, in Barrington Hills, and she survives.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Susan Elke of Effingham; children, Christine (James) Lyng of St. Charles, Deborah (Ronald) Sturges of North Aurora, Suzanne Kasiewicz of Waynesboro, Ga., and Joseph Elke of Middleton, Wis.; and grandchildren, Marcus Lyng, Scott Lyng, Jenette Sturges, and Hunter Elke.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Alice Elke; and daughter, Jacqueline Elke.
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