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Ralph E. Reiser

Jan 11, 2023 (0)


Orchard — Ralph Eugene Reiser, 70, of Orchard, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 at Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk after a short illness.

Visitation was held Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023 at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Butte with a prayer service.

Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 at the church in Butte. Fr. Bernard Starman officiated.

Pallbearers were Bill Golter, Marvin Reiser, Mark Juhlin, Chris Downey and Troy and Brett Gebhardt.

Burial was in the SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery in Butte.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton was in charge of the arrangements.

Ralph was born Feb. 25, 1952, at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Lynch, to parents Edward F. Reiser and Georgia I. (Rockford) Reiser-Dopheide of rural Butte.

Ralph grew up on the family farm with three siblings Larry, Phyllis and Virgil. Ralph attended the Catholic parochial school for his early years and later finished his schooling at Butte Public School, graduating with the class of 1970. He played both football and basketball while in high school. 

After graduation Ralph entered the workforce and had many different jobs which took him many places throughout Nebraska and a few surrounding states. 

Ralph was married to Cecilia Ogg in 1975 and they welcomed a son Arthur Reiser in 1976.  

Later Ralph remarried and had a son Kody. 

For the last 25 years, Ralph and longtime friend Margaret Lucille Strope have made their home in Orchard.

Ralph was a big fan of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and enjoyed watching the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team. He enjoyed time spent with his family and friends and liked to end the day with a cold beer. He also enjoyed picking grapes and making homemade wine with his friend Bill at Orchard. Ralph loved country music, especially from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s; and he loved to sing if there was karaoke. Most recently he sang several songs at the Reiser family reunion held earlier this year in Butte.

Ralph is survived by his mother Georgia Reiser-Dopheide of the Butte Senior Living facility, his two sons Arthur and Kody, long-time friend Margaret Lucille Strope of Orchard, brother Larry (Lisa) Reiser of Beaver City, former brother-in-law Duane (Pam) Gebhardt and of Fremont, brother Virgil (Karen) Reiser of Butte and many nieces, nephews and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his father Edward Reiser, his sister Phyllis Jean Gebhardt and one niece Abby Reiser.                    

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