Ralph F. Reistroffer, 88, of Oak Park, has died on June 2, 2019. Born in Chicago at the start of the Depression, he grew up near Garfield Park, attending Our Lady of the Angels grade school and high school at (old) St. Pat's. Summers were spent on the farm in Spragueville, Iowa. Upon graduation from the University of Illinois, where he met Kay, he did his time in the Army in Texas and Germany. The 1st lieutenant returned home with his wife, a Volkswagen, a Schnauzer and a new baby. They settled in Oak Park in 1964, raising five kids. He rode the Lake Street el to work at People's Gas for his 30-year-plus career. His sense of humor, "fix-it" spirit, and abiding love for family will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ralph was the husband of the late Katherine A.; the father of Katie (Bill) Baar, Doug (Karen), Liz (Gil Stein), Janet Niemiro and Sarah (Tony) Misiano; the grandfather of Alice (Zak) Kloska, Dan (Lisa) FitzGerald, Emma Baar, Grace and Kasia Niemiro, and Sofia and Gianna Misiano; great-grandfather of Julia; the brother of June (the late Paul) Hamer and the late Leon (Margaret), Mel (the late Donal Ertel and the late Norm) Felbinger and Elaine (the late Ron) Baldacci; and the uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park where funeral services will be held on Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m., followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery.
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