Ralph Nelson Morben
Ralph Nelson Morben
Ralph Nelson Morben, 88, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2018 at his home in Park Rapids, MN.
Ralph was born on March 27, 1930 to Ralph and Linda (Nelson) Morben in Barnesville, MN; where he graduated high school in 1948. He joined the US Navy and served through 1949. He attended Moorhead State Teachers College from 1949 to 1952 lettering in football and baseball. Before his senior year he was recalled by the Navy in July of 1952, serving two tours on the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, CVA 33 during the Korean War. Ralph graduated from Moorhead State Teachers College in 1955 and received his master's degree in education in 1964. He taught and coached football at Twin Valley High School from 1955 to 1960.
In 1958 Ralph married Shirley Jeanne Sipe at Halstad, MN. They had four sons, Ralph "John", Darrel, Paul, and Steven. Ralph taught and coached football at Osakis High School from 1960 to 1967. From 1967 to 1969 he taught physical education on Guam. Ralph was an English Professor at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND from 1970 to 1991. He was an assistant football coach at NDSCS in the early 1970s. Shirley passed away in 1971 from kidney failure when their boys were in elementary school.
In 1985 he married Kathleen Therese Anderson on Sanibel Island, Florida. After Ralph retired in 1991, he and Kathie moved to Sun City West, AZ, and later spent summers at Upper Bottle Lake near Park Rapids, MN. Ralph was an avid golfer and had seven holes-in-one and had two holes-in-one in a two-week period.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 33 years Kathleen "Kathie"; his sister Phyllis (Glenn) Melvey of Fargo, ND, sons: Ralph "John" (Katya) of Fridley, MN; Darrel (Elizabeth) of Virginia Beach, VA; Paul (Elga) of Los Angeles, CA; Steve (Julie) of Trenton, ND; step-daughter Heidi (Carl) Anderson-Thomas; nine grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 302 3rd Street NE, Barnesville, MN. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that memorials be made to Our Savior's Lutheran Church.