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Obituary: Durheim, Ralph William

Sun., Aug. 19, 2012

DURHEIM, Ralph William
April 18, 1917 - July 12, 2012

Ralph William Durheim, 95, passed away July 12, 2012, at Regency at The Park, with his family by his side.

He was born in Ismay, Montana, to William and Edith (Turnwall) Durheim and the family soon moved to Leola, South Dakota where he grew up on a farm.

He had two sisters, Mildred and Ethelene.

He married Adele Selma Anderson on September 13, 1940, and the couple moved to Deer Park, Washington that year.

Ralph and Adele raised three daughters, Mildred, Audrey and Janice.
Ralph worked the land and was a dedicated dairy farmer, part-time logger, and self-sufficient carpenter.

Ralph loved animals and especially enjoyed training and riding his horses.

He was a member of the Mountain Meadows Riding Club and the Northwest Dairymen’s Association.

Ralph was a faithful member of the Deer Park and later the Spokane Central Seventh-day-Adventist churches where he served as elder, deacon, Sabbath school teacher and greeter.
Following Adele’s death, Ralph sold his farm and moved to College Place, Washington in December 2002.

He lived at Park Plaza Retirement Residence for six years and at Eagle Meadows Assisted Living for four years and passed away at Regency at The Park.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Adele; parents; and sisters, Mildred Jeske and Ethelene Strong.

He leaves behind to honor his life his three daughters: Mildred Williams (Louis), Livonia, Michigan; Audrey Robinson (Jack), Tillamook, Oregon; Janice Rasmussen-Wheeler (Ron), College Place, Washington.

He also leaves 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Ralph will rest by his wife at the Woodland Cemetery in Deer Park, Washington.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Outreach or charity of choice through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington.
Family and friends are invited to write memories and sign the online guestbook at


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