THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Ralph E. Thibaudeau
Ralph Edward Thibaudeau, 74, of Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly Friday, June 13 at his cabin in Silver Cliff.
Born in Green Bay, Saturday, Jan. 27, 1940, to Milton and Mildred (Gay) Thibaudeau, he graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1959. He was engaged in September 1959 and married his high school sweetheart and dancing partner Joan Marie Darrow on Saturday, May 21, 1960 at St Josephs Catholic Church in Green Bay. He worked at Rahrs Brewery, Mrs. Karls Bakery, Witt Intensive Care, Girl Scouts of Northwestern Great Lakes and various handyman positions.
A member of the Green Bay Aerie #401 Fraternal Order of Eagles for 15+ years, he was treasurer early in his membership. An avid football fan, he enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers, played baseball for the Green Bay Blue Jays (Three-I league team) in the late 1950s to early 1960s, enjoyed watching hockey, was in a bowling league, loved cooking on the grill and making popcorn nightly. He also enjoyed dancing in his earlier years, loved Lawrence Welk, big bands, Herb Albert and Tijuana Brass and Elvis Presley, but his greatest achievement and joy was his family and his cabin.
He is survived by his wife, Joan, of Green Bay; three children and their spouses, Patrick F. (Barbara) Thibaudeau, of Maplewood, Mn., Debra L. Thibaudeau, of Green Bay and James E. (Jessica) Thibaudeau, of Sobieski; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; siblings and their spouses, Joan (Alfred) McAllister and Gerald (Judy) Thibaudeau, both of Green Bay, Donna (Dale) Stary, of Las Vegas, Nev. and Mary Lou (Clyde) Hansen, of Oconto; numerous nieces; nephews and a sister-in-law, Nancy Darrow, of Green Bay.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., followed by the funeral services at noon on Wednesday, June 18 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Green Bay. Bishop Mark Jenson presided with Bishop Patrick F. Thibaudeau conducting, with burial in Allouez Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.