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Ralph A. Schukman

Published on -9/4/2012, 9:39 AM

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Ralph A. Schukman, 90, Hays, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at his daughter's home in Carrollton, Texas.

He was born June 28, 1922, north of Hays to Jacob and Bertha (Kohn) Schukman Sr. He grew up in the Hays and moved to Texas in 2012.

He married Rose M. Wallsmith on June 4, 1946, in Hays. He worked for JB Gilmore Construction Co. in Hays for 39 years as a heavy equipment operator. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II and served as a corporal in the 8th Air Force Division in Europe from 1942 to 1945.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076, both of Hays. He was a former member of the American Legion and the Eagles.

Survivors include his wife, Rose M. Schukman, of the home; a son, Harold Schukman ands wife, Diane, Knoxville, Tenn.; two daughters, Carol Baker and partner, Tom Wallsmith, Levant, and Gloria Griffin and husband, Larry, Addison, Texas; a sister, Irene Leiker, Wichita; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Celly, Jim, Clarence, Edward and Jacob Schukman; and a sister, Virginia Schwartz.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, with military honors by the Hays VFW Post No. 9076.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Friday, both at Cline's Mortuary of Hays, 1919 E. 22nd, Hays, KS 67601.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to donor's choice in care of the mortuary.

Condolences can be sent via email to clinesmortuary@eaglecom.net.

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