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 Ralph Edward Christ

Ralph Edward Christ

Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana, USA
Death 23 Nov 2012 (aged 85)
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Burial Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 101369657 · View Source
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ALBERTON — Ralph Christ was released from this world on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, after more than four years in care at the Village Health Care after having suffered several strokes.

Ralph was born to Charles and Zelma Christ in Great Falls on Sept. 23, 1927. He grew up in Great Falls and graduated there from high school in 1945 before serving three years in the Navy as a radio operator.

Ralph worked as a railroad telegrapher for over 30 years. He met Sylva Brasch in Haugan where she was also a telegrapher and they were wed in 1952. Her dowry included three young children and the family initially settled in Deer Lodge, where two boys were added to their family. In 1955 they relocated to Alberton where their daughter completed their family and they have resided since. May 21, 2012, marked their 60th wedding anniversary.

His numerous hobbies included locksmithing, collecting coins, locks, keys, safes, watches, clocks, radios, photos and railroad memorabilia. He was thrilled with each negotiation and trade. In his later years he enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, meeting people and discovering more treasures to bring home to his basement in Alberton. Family and friends were ever present in his thoughts and activities. An annual family vacation was always a priority for him, often spent with other relatives, camping or exploring the Northwest.

Ralph was preceded in death by his father, Charles; mother Zelma and two infant siblings, James and Helen. He is survived by his wife, Sylva; sons, Neal (Barb) Misenar, Colin (Sandy) Misenar, Charlie Christ, Fred (Ruth) Christ, and daughters, Pamela Misenar and Elizabeth Christ; his brother, Arthur Christ; sister Lois (Wendall) Harness; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren as well as a very large extended family. We will all miss him dearly.

Cremation has taken place and burial will be at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Missoula. A service will be held in the spring to celebrate Ralph's life, including a gathering of family and friends. Condolences can be sent to the Christ Family at P.O. Box 265 Alberton, MT 59820.

-Missoulian | 25 Nov - 2 Dec 2012.

MISSOULA – Ralph E. Christ, 85, passed away Nov. 23, 2012, at Village Health Care Center.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home with a reception following in the funeral home's community room.

-Missoulian | 14 April 2013.

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  • Created by: Annie Duckett Hundley
  • Added: 27 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101369657
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ralph Edward Christ (23 Sep 1927–23 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101369657, citing Sunset Memorial Gardens, Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Annie Duckett Hundley (contributor 47394373) .