Funeral services for Ralph Sperr of Morris, MN will be held Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, with Reverend Donald Main officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery in Morris.
Ralph LeRoy Sperr, son of Charles and Florence (Smith) Sperr was born on March 24, 1929 near Donnelly, MN on the family farm; where he grew up and attended country schools through the eighth grade. Ralph graduated from the West Central School of Agriculture in 1947 and began working on the George Leuty Farm. He was united in marriage to Bertie Maus on April 7, 1951. Ralph was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and served his country during the Korean Conflict. Being stationed in Alaska, Bertie moved up to Alaska to be near Ralph during his service time. Ralph was honorably discharged in 1954, and the couple returned to the Morris area where they began farming. In 1961, they purchased a farm north of Morris, farming until their retirement in 1987. Over the years, Ralph also sold Trojan Seed. After retiring, Ralph worked at Jerry's U-Save to stay busy. He also worked 10 years with his son Tom at Grant County Choppers in Herman.
Ralph was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Morris, where he served on the church council. Ralph served on many boards and was a member in many organizations: Stevens County Pork Producers, Stevens County Dairy Board, West Central Cattleman's (where he grilled many steaks), Morris Township Board, Stevens County Planning Commission, Stevens County Corn Producers, Morris Co-op, and the Morris V.F.W. and American Legion, to name a few.
Ralph loved the country and his land. He was proud of his country and family and loved the simple beauties in life. He enjoyed playing cards, working in his garden, being outside, and spending time with his pet chipmunk "Charlie". Ralph will be remembered for his great stories and jokes.
Ralph died on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at his home near Morris. He was 87 years old.
He is survived by his wife: Bertie Sperr of Morris; five children: LeRoy (Julie) Sperr of Morris, Susan Scott of Morris, Ace (Lois) Sperr of Morris, George (Wendy) Sperr of Louisburg and Thomas (Aileen) Sperr of Herman; two brothers: Clinton (Vera Mae) Sperr of Mosses Lake, WA and Elwood (Marcella) Sperr of Chisago City; four sisters: Charlotte (Hank) Atzmiller of St. Paul, Joyce Gerstner of Morris, Mildred Himes of Kansas City, MO and Phyllis Tondelli of Tampa Bay, FL; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one great-granddaughter, Madison and five sisters, Fern Smith, Irene Kill, Vera Sperr, Lucille Jennrich and June Hoover.