April 18, 1917 - July 12, 2012
Ralph William Durheim, 95, passed away July 12, 2012,
at Regency at The Park, with his family by his side. He was
born in Ismay, Montana, to William and Edith (Turnwall)
Durheim and the family soon moved to Leola, South
Dakota where he grew up on a farm. He had two sisters,
Mildred and Ethelene. He married Adele Selma Anderson
on September 13, 1940, and the couple moved to Deer
Park, Washington that year. Ralph and Adele raised three
daughters, Mildred, Audrey and Janice.
Ralph worked the land and was a dedicated dairy
farmer, part-time logger, and self-sufficient carpenter. Ralph
loved animals and especially enjoyed training and riding
his horses. He was a member of the Mountain Meadows
Riding Club and the Northwest Dairymen's Association.
Ralph was a faithful member of the Deer Park and later the
Spokane Central Seventh-day-Adventist churches where he
served as elder, deacon, Sabbath school teacher and greeter.
Following Adele's death, Ralph sold his farm and
moved to College Place, Washington in December 2002.
He lived at Park Plaza Retirement Residence for six years
and at Eagle Meadows Assisted Living for four years and
passed away at Regency at The Park.
Ralph was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years,
Adele; parents; and sisters, Mildred Jeske and Ethelene
Strong. He leaves behind, to honor his life, his three
daughters: Mildred Williams (Louis), Livonia, Michigan;
Audrey Robinson (Jack), Tillamook, Oregon; Janice
Rasmussen-Wheeler (Ron), College Place, Washington. He
also leaves 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and
one great-great grandchild.
Ralph will rest by his wife at the Woodland Cemetery
in Deer Park, Washington. Memorial contributions may
be made to Gospel Outreach or charity of choice through
Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military
Road, Walla Walla, Washington.
Family and friends are invited to write memories and sign
the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.