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Ralph George Pampuch, 85, of Tomah passed away at the Tomah VA Hospital Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Ralph was born Jan. 20, 1932, in Independence, to Paul and Valeria Pampuch. Ralph was the ninth of 11 children.

Ralph married Phyllis Pampuch (Halama) May 10, 1958. Together they have four children, daughter, Deborah Nicksic, son, Glen Pampuch (Kim Quist), son, Mark Pampuch (Patty Doyle) and daughter, Sally Gosda (Jeff Gosda). He also had 15 wonderful grandchildren; one great-grandson with three more expected in 2018. Ralph will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Ralph was an extremely proud member of the U.S. Air Force. He joined the Air Force in 1950 and did his basic training at Laughlin AFB in Del Rio, Texas. From there, he was trained in aircraft maintenance at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas. He spent some time at Mc Clelland AFB in California, before serving in the Korean War. After serving in the Air Force, he continued to serve his country in the Air National Guard at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. On a trip home, he met the love of his life, Phyllis Halama. They married and eventually ended up in Tomah, where he continued serving his country at Volk Field. He retired as an E-9 Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) in 1992, after serving there for 30 years. Ralph was respected and loved by so many who worked with him.

Ralph was a devoted Catholic. His faith and church were extremely important to him. He was a proud member of Queen of the Apostles Parish in Tomah, where he attended Mass almost every day and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus.

Ralph will be long remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and his quiet sense of humor.

Everyone who knew Ralph is asked to celebrate his life in their own way. We know that he would approve if you raised a glass of beer in a toast to his wonderful life. In addition, his family asks that you perform an unsolicited act of kindness in remembrance of him.

A special thank you to the wonderful care we received from the Tomah Hospice and the Tomah VA Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at the Queen of the Apostles Parish in Tomah. Monsignor Richard Gilles and Monsignor Steven Kachel will con-celebrate. Burial with full military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Tomah. Family and friends were invited for visitation from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, with a rosary at 4 p.m. led by the Knights of Columbus, at the Torkelson Funeral Home in Tomah. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

The Torkelson Funeral Home of Tomah is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.

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