Ralph L. Ochsner, age 79 of Streator, IL went to rest at 4:50 am July 10th 2022 at Lightways Hospice Joliet, IL with his loving family by his side.
Ralph is survived by his children, Beth (Tim) Creamean of Shorewood, IL and Joe (Kim) Ochsner of Normal, IL; grandchildren, Whitney (Jaron) Burash, Adam (Emilee) Ochsner, Holly (Tyler) Sauers, Sidney (Hayden) Maurice, and Chase Ochsner; great-grandchildren, Harlow and Harper Burash, Blake Edge, Adelynn Ochsner, Levi and Luke Sauers, and Tate Maurice; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Martha (Sunnen) Ochsner; son, Ralph “Bud” Ochsner; grandson, Bradley Michael Ochsner; sister Carol (Mark) Shabala; nephew, Mark “Markie” Shabala.
Ralph was born and raised in Streator, IL and graduated from Streator High School (class of 1960). He worked as a Foreman for Owen’s Illinois Glass Manufacturing where he was employed for 38 years, retiring in 1996. In his retirement, he enjoyed cooking, hosting family holiday celebrations, listening to music, and was known to throw the best ever Christmas Eve celebrations. He was an avid golfer, loved watching his favorite sports teams, (especially Notre Dame football and the Chicago White Sox), visiting antique shops to search for his next treasure and traveling to many locations to relax on a beach or enjoy his hobbies. One of his greatest joys was working at the Master’s Golf Tournament for many years. He was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of Moose, and the Eagles Club. Ralph greatly enjoyed attending his golf leagues and golf outings where he made countless friends. Ralph was a family man, from coaching his boys little league teams, to spending countless hours with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Per Ralph’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Interment will be held at a later date at Riverview Cemetery in Streator, IL.