Ralph Louis Bekebrede of Saint Charles, Missouri passed away on Wednesday, January 11. 2023 at the age of 92. Loving husband of the late Norma Bekebrede (nee Schindler); beloved son of the late Walter and Edna Bekebrede; dear brother of Bill Bekebrede (Mary), devoted father of Jean Moorman (Don), the late Joan Bekebrede, Gary Bekebrede (Laura), Rick Bekebrede (Karon), the late David Bekebrede, Gail Quick (Terry); the late Scott Bekebrede (Linda); proud grandfather of 15; treasured great-grandfather of 24.
Ralph proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1952 – 1954 raising to the rank of Sargent. Professionally, he worked for 30 years at Standard Oil Company (BP) and directed the movement of oil from Valdez, Alaska through the Panama Canal, and enjoyed his view of Downtown LA. from the 56th floor.
Ralph’s hobbies included, neighborhood corkball games, golf, bowling, woodworking, and following the Cardinals (making sure they beat the Cubs).
Through his life he dedicated much of his free time to his congregation. He served as Congregational Recording Secretary, Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent, Choir member and Elder throughout his years in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod).
Ralph’s faith and family were his priorities. Anyone who knew him knows his pew at church was always filled at 8AM service, (because Ralph said that 8AM was the only “real” church). He never met a stranger; his kindness was felt by anyone who had the pleasure of spending time with him, and his laughter permeated any room he was in. His sharp wit and sarcasm were notorious, and much loved by anyone who knew him.
In Lieu of flowers please donate to Zion Luther Church Choir, where Ralph’s chair in the bass section will always be open.