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Rev Ralph Gerard Ten Clay
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Birth: Mar. 15, 1921
Emmons County
North Dakota, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 2003
Orange City
Sioux County
Iowa, USA

The Rev. Ralph Ten Clay, 82, of Orange City, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, at the Orange City Municipal Hospital Long Term Care Facility.

A memorial service was held on Saturday morning, Nov. 22, at First Reformed Church in Orange City. The Rev. Steven Vander Molen and the Rev. Timothy Ten Clay officiated. Burial was held prior to the service at East Lawn Cemetery in Sheldon under the direction of the Oolman Funeral Home, Orange City.

Ralph Gerard was born March 15, 1921, at Emmons County, N.D., the son of Henry and Minnie (Renskers) Ten Clay. He was raised in North Dakota where he attended Elementary School in Hull and graduated from High School in Strasburg. He also graduated from Central College in Pella and Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Mich. He pursued further study at the University of California in Berkeley.

During World War II, he served in the United States Army, receiving an honorable medical discharge after a training accident.

On June 14, 1946, he married Jane Rozendaal in Harrison, S.D.

In 1948, he was ordained into the ministry of the Reformed Church in America at Hope Reformed Church in Westfield, N.D.

He was pastor of First Reformed Church in Racine, Wisc. from 1950-1955, the Christ Park Reformed Church in Indianapolis, Ind. from 1955-1961, the Hamilton Reformed Church in Hamilton, Mich. from 1961-1967, the First Reformed Church in Rock Valley from 1967-1975, and the First Reformed Church in Evansdale from 1975-1982. From 1982-1986, he was Chaplain at the Mayo Medical Complex in Rochester, Minn.

The Rev. and Mrs. Ten Clay then moved to Orange City, where he was minister of parish life at First Reformed Church until 1991.

They continued to live in Orange City, becoming residents of the Landsmeer Ridge Retirement Community in January, 1999. On Dec. 16, 1999, Ralph transferred to the long term care facility.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years; six children; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a sister, Edna Haack of Sanborn; four brothers, Charlie Ten Clay and his wife Ruth of Sheldon, Ellsworth Ten Clay and his wife Betty of Zeeland, Mich., Thelmar Ten Clay and his wife Lois of Portland, Ore., and Eugene Ten Clay of Mesa, Ariz.; a brother-in-law, Herman Webb of Baker City, Ore.; three sisters-in-law, Lucille Ten Clay of Zeeland, Irene Ten Clay of Sanborn and Arlene Ten Clay of Orange City; and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Webb, Hattie and her husband, Henry van Bruggen and Elsie Ten Clay; six brothers, William Ten Clay and his wife, Tillie, Dick Ten Clay and his wife Jennie, the Rev. Henry Ten Clay, John Ten Clay, the Rev. Albert Ten Clay and an infant brother-in-law, John Haack, and sister-in-law, Norma Ten Clay.

Memorials may be directed to the Reformed Church in America, Synod of the Heartland, New Church Development.

Sioux County Capital Democrat - 27 November 2003 
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  Jane Rozendaal Ten Clay (1922 - 2015)*
*Calculated relationship
East Lawn Cemetery
O'Brien County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Mar 11, 2011
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Rev Ralph Gerard Ten Clay
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Rev Ralph Gerard Ten Clay
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