He was the fourth of thirteen children born to Swedish immigrants John and Beda Oscarson.
Growing up during the depression, Ralph’s family moved a number of times within northern Idaho and eastern Oregon.
During his senior year in high school, the settled in Newport WA.
After graduating from high school, Ralph joined the US Army and served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Returning from military service, Ralph attended Gonzaga University, earning his BA in Business.
In 1951 he married Beverly Erickson, and a few years later the couple moved to a small farm in Minnesota.
While there, they had four children: a daughter Raleen, and sons Ronald, Ralph and Bruce.
The family moved to Spokane in 1966.
Ralph took an accounting position with a grocery wholesaler, where he worked for the remainder of his career.
After retirement, Ralph and Bev enjoyed spending time at their place along the Pend Oreille River near Ione, WA.
Ralph enjoyed sports and outdoor activities.
He was also active in the church and organizations such as Sons of Norway.
Ralph passed away peacefully on April 15, 2015.
He was preceded in death by his daughter Raleen, and wife of 61 years, Beverly.
He is survived by his three sons, Ronald (Christina), Ralph (Abbie), and Bruce (Debbie), grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ralph was also blessed with a large extended family of brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and many friends.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at Hennessey Funeral Home Rose Chapel, 2203 N. Division St., Spokane, WA.
A reception will follow.
Private Interment later at Spokane Memorial Gardens.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Spokane Guilds’ School or the American Cancer Society.
Condolences may be placed on Mr. Oscarson’s page at hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.
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