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Ralph Bratts

Ralph A. Bratts, age 71, of Maynard, died Tuesday morning, August 25, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 29, at Peterson Brothers Funeral Home in Willmar. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery in Raymond with Military Honors provided by the Austin F. Hanscom American Legion Post 167 of Willmar. Memorials are preferred to the Rice Cancer Center or the Ronald McDonald House.

Ralph was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 16, 1944, to Andrew and Ruth (Ahlers) Bratts. He grew up and received his education in Alexandria, Minnesota. In 1961, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on the West Coast. He served on the U.S.S. John W. Thomason until his honorable discharge in May 1965.

Ralph married Lola Mead in September 1966. They raised seven children. He worked as a truck driver for 41 years. He loved to do landscaping, lawn care, work in his shop and travel in his spare time.

He is survived by his wife, Lola; seven children, Cory (and See) Bratts of Minneapolis, Gina (and Ian) Bratts of Hartford, CT, Cassandra Bratts of Clara City, and Mindy Bratts, Jaden Bratts, Chris Bratts, and Drew Bratts, all at home; a foster daughter, Lacy; four grandchildren, Dakota, Marqus, Jude, and Savannah; sisters-in-law, Carol (and Donald) Danielson, Pam (and Bruce) Quimby, Dawn (and Jerry) Slagter, Patty Mead, and Becky (and Cary) Holmgren; brother-in-law, Kelly (and June) Mead; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a foster son, Amos; his sister, Darlene Schmitz; a sister-in-law, Darla Toms; two brothers-in-law, Lowell "Skip" Mead and Leroy Schmitz; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lowell and Harriet Mead.



Cemetery Details

Fairview Cemetery

Raymond, MN, 56282

Visitation

AUG 28. 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Visitation

AUG 29. 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201

Service

AUG 29. 02:00 PM

Peterson Brothers Funeral Home

700 Becker Avenue Southwest

Willmar, MN, US, 56201


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Guestbook

Our thoughts and prayers to the family of U.S. Navy veteran Ralph Bratts. We thank Ralph for his honorable and faithful service to his country.From the American Legion Post 167 of Willmar.

Larry Haglund - August 26, 2015 at 06:38 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

This is a man that was so selfless, he was willing to help anyone at any time. How many men would take his wife's siblings in like he did. He helped me in more ways than he will know. I love him and will miss him so.

Dawn Slagter - August 26, 2015 at 08:56 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I was so surprised to see the passing of Ralph. I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Ralph at JMS. He was a truck driver for us. Ralph was a kind and loving person. He was always kind to everyone. I can't say enough good things about Ralph. Charlie and Ralph I hope you are having a good time in heaven!Sue Mages

Sue Mages - August 27, 2015 at 08:33 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Classic Sympathy Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Ralph Andrew Bratts.

August 27, 2015 at 11:38 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Robbie Marciniak and Bob purchased the Love's Embrace Roses - White for the family of Ralph Andrew Bratts.

Robbie Marciniak and Bob - August 28, 2015 at 09:04 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

from your friends at Elire. purchased the White Standing Spray for the family of Ralph Andrew Bratts.

from your friends at Elire. - August 28, 2015 at 09:54 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

from Grant, Steve, and the rest of Vallaha Kings Everywhere. purchased the Floor Plant for Sympathy for the family of Ralph Andrew Bratts.

from Grant, Steve, and the rest of Vallaha Kings Everywhere. - August 28, 2015 at 10:00 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM