|Birth: ||Sep. 27, 1907|
|Death: ||May 21, 1986|
Ralph S. Evinrude (September 27, 1907 – May 21, 1986) was an American business magnate best known for being the Chairman of Outboard Marine Corporation, and the husband of singer and entertainer Frances Langford.
Evinrude was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Bess and Ole Evinrude. In 1927, Evinrude joined the family firm, Elto Outboard Motor Company after two years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Ole Evinrude died on July 12, 1934 and Ralph Evinrude took over running the company.
In 1936, Elto Outboard Motor Company merged with Waukegan, Illinois-based Johnson Motor Company to form Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC).
In 1936, the Board of Directors of OMC elected Evinrude president and director. In 1953, he was elected vice chairman of the board and chairman of OMC's Executive Committee. He became chairman of OMC in 1963.
Ralph Evinrude was married to Joan "Bobbe" Everett in December of 1951 in Lake Forest IL and married Frances Langford very shortly after the divorce.
In 1955, Evinrude married Frances Langford and moved to her estate in Jensen Beach, Florida.
They shared interests in business and boating and spent much of their time aboard their 118-foot (36 m) yacht Chanticleer. They opened a resort in Jensen Beach called The Outrigger. Evinrude and Langford also maintained a cottage on a small island in the east end of Baie Fine, a fiord on the north shore of Lake Huron, in what is now Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Chanticleer was often seen tied up at the island during the summer.
During his later working years and during retirement, Evinrude supported a wide variety of philanthropic activities. Some of his interests focused on Florida and the marine industry, but others benefited Milwaukee-area hospitals, institutions of higher education and the arts.
Evinrude died at Martin Memorial Hospital in Stuart, Florida at the age of 78.
Frances Langford (1913 - 2005)
Pinelawn Memorial Park
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Record added: May 02, 2013
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Paul F. Edwards
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