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Ralph L. Keefe

Interment with Military Rites: St. Richard's Cemetery

Ralph L. Keefe, age 87. of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, October 23, 2015. He was born on July 25, 1928 to Daniel and Frances (Lajiness) Keefe. He was employed by Libbey Owens Ford for five years and retired from The Dana Corporation after twenty six and a half years.

Ralph was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Radford from 1947-1951. He was a member of the U.S.S. Radford Association for many years, and enjoyed attending their reunions with his wife, Dorothy. His shipmates could always depend on him to share numerous stories from years gone by. One might say that Ralph was never at a loss for words.

He was a longtime member of the Erie Shores Region of the Nash Car Club. He also held membership in the Dana Quarter Century Club. Ralph enjoyed collecting and working on antique cars and trucks. He completely restored a 1928 Nash car of which he was very proud. He also owned a 1920 Nash grain truck and a 1956 Chevy pickup. He was never happier than when he visited swap meets, house sales, auctions and flea markets to wheel and deal for merchandise of all kinds.

Ralph was a former member of Little Flower Church where he served as an usher for many years. He presently was a member of St. Richard Church in Swanton, Ohio.

He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Dorothy (Dickerson) Keefe. Ralph was proud of his children and their spouses: Ralph (Linda) Keefe, Madeline (Wayne) Doble, Roberta (Dennis) Sharples, Dr. Christine (Terry) Smallman, Sally (Dan) Kovar, Frances (Richard) Spencer and Nancy (Ed) Bump. Ralph had 20 grandchildren who dearly loved to give their "Poppy" lots of hugs and attention whenever they saw him: Ralph and Robert Keefe; Stephanie (Robbie) Giglio and Tony (Amber) Doble; Kelly (Brad) Parkhurst, Ben Sharples (Carys Fitzgerald, fiancee') and Christina Hilton (Casey Sharples, fiancee'); Carolyn Smallman-Seaver, Terry (Mindy) Smallman and Shelly (Kim) Nielsen; Nicole (Andy) Charnoubi, Daniel (Megan) Kovar, Rebecca (Daniel) Graham and Amy Spradlin; Shawn Keefe, Elizabeth (William) Bowers, 2nd Class Petty Officer Richard (Lindsay) Spencer and Nathan Spencer; and Ed and Olivia Bump. Ralph was the proud Poppy to 32 great-grandchildren with two more just waiting in the wings. He is also survived by his brother Martin.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 27 years (Beatrice Logan); grandson, Casey Sharples; and siblings, Daniel, Robert, James, Charles, Rosemary and Frances.

Family and friends may visit Monday, October 26th from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631), where a Vigil service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Prayers will begin in the funeral home on Tuesday, October 27th at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10:00 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church with Fr. Robert Holden presiding and Deacon Jerry Ziemkiewicz assisting. Interment, with Military Rites, will follow at St. Richard’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio.

Residence: Sylvania, Ohio

Visitation: Monday, October 26th from 2 to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton

Mass of Resurrection: Tuesday October 27th at 10:00 am at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton

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To all of you who left a message of comfort on this website - Thank you. I am sure each and every person who read these messages took comfort from reading your memories and thoughts. God Bless You. Dr. Christine Smallman - Daughter of Beatrice and Ralph Keefe

Christine M. Smallman Nov 23 2015 12:00 AM

To Everyone. What Wonderful Memories You Have To Treasure. With Heart Felt Sympathy. Shelley Simon-Miller

Shelley Simon-Mller Nov 1 2015 12:00 AM

Keefe Family, So sorry for your loss. Will keep your family in my prayers

Barbara ( Faylor) Hepfinger Oct 28 2015 12:00 AM

The passing of our Uncle Ralph is a very sad time for us all. In receiving the message of his passing though, it caused me to consider how the significance of his life may have guided or changed mine. He loved his family with a great passion and he had great pride in each of his kids. I recall fond memories of when I visited the farm as a youngster in the summers. Uncle Ralph was my dad-away-from-home for the few days that I spent there. He was a strong leader and was always attempting to make a wonderful growing-up-experience for his family. He and Aunt Bea treated me as one of the clan and I fell in and followed the rules...I can almost smell the bread baking on those days. I also remember Uncle Ralph's passion for life and always doing the right thing and was struck even as a young fellow by Uncle Ralph's devotion to serve others in need. He was always readily there to lend a hand. And I remember his capacity for laughter too and a great story or two...Uncle Ralph's glass was always half full and very positive. His faith too was strong-- passed to him from his mother, Grandma (Frances) Keefe...and his faith was further imparted upon others that knew him. He loved his brothers and sisters and spoke with great respect for them...especially for his brother Robert, my father. Uncle Ralph... you were a man of great honor, integrity, and love for your wife Dorothy, and your family. We will all miss you greatly. Cousins..Ralph, Madeline, Roberta (Bobbie- Anne), Christine, Sally, Frances and Nancy, please accept my deepest sympathy in your great loss. ..your cousin Rod Keefe - , Jacksonville, Fl.

Rod Keefe Oct 27 2015 12:00 AM

"One might say that Ralph was never at a loss for words" is an understatement as he was a very gifted conversationalist. He was my best man, best friend and will certainly be missed by all that knew him.

Patrick Buchanan Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

I was so honored to meet him, Madi. He was a patriot and a wonderful speaker. You have so much to be proud of remembering him.

Sheryl Babione Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Miss and love you Uncle Ralph. Til we meet again. Enjoy your flight with the Angels

Kim Keefe Franklin Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Dorothy, I remember how happy you were when you met Ralph at the dances. I know you have many happy memories. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Karen Steele Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Love and prayers to all of the Keefe family. From the Steagall family

Jenni Steagall Oct 26 2015 12:00 AM

Those who blossom in the hearts of others never fade away... May you find comfort and strength in your memories...

Tom & Sheri Hill Oct 25 2015 12:00 AM

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