Ralph Windholz was born November 13, 1932, in Victoria to Raymond J. and Adelaide (Wasinger) Windholz. He died Tuesday, January 12, 2016, at Via Christi Village Care Center Hays, Kansas.
He married Mary Ann Schumacher on November 13, 1950, in Hays. She preceded him in death on February 12, 1981. He married Mildred “Millie” (Crockett) Hammersmith on July 19, 1999, in Las Vegas, NV.
He owned Ralph’s Place, a Victoria tavern, for seven years until 1961. He then purchased Victoria Planing Mill in Victoria from his father, where Ralph designed and built cabinets. In 1963, he began building homes and changed his company name to Windholz Construction. He retired and sold the business to his sons, Julius and Ralph Jr., in 1982. During his retirement, he spent his time building furniture and various wood crafts which were often gifts given to his children and others at Christmas.
Ralph was a member of The Basilica of St. Fidelis and Knights of Columbus, both of Victoria. In earlier days, he was a Victoria School Board member, a Lions Club member, and served on the Farmers National Bank Board of Directors.
Among the many things he enjoyed were fishing, woodworking in his shop, riding motorcycles, gardening, welding, swimming with his family in the backyard pool on weekends, playing cards, seining crawdads and eating them around the picnic table with family and friends, sitting on a swing on the front porch in the evenings, and visiting with the many neighborhood children who often dropped by for a piece of gum and just to say, “Hi, Ralph.”
Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of the home; three sons, Julius Windholz (Susie) of Victoria, Ralph Windholz Jr. (Ginny) of Salina, and Michael Windholz of Louisburg; seven daughters, Wanda Klaus (Jerry) and Connie Windholz, all of Victoria, Paula Thomas (Bill), Mary Marshall (Mike), and Margaret Kay (Mitch), all of Salina, Patty Kuhn (Louie) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Dotty Legleiter (Dale) of Munjor; one step-son, Allen Hammersmith (LouAnn) of Gorham; two step-daughters, Peggy Wohler of Victoria and Donna Weigel (Chris) of Gorham; a step-daughter-in-law, Vernetta Hammersmith of White City; a sister, Alice Staab of Hays; a half-sister, Kathleen Schumacher (Dennis) of Hays; and two sisters-in-law, Virgie Windholz of Hays and Janet Crockett of LaJunta, Colorado; two brothers-in-law, Charles Crockett of Brandon, Colorado, and Dan Crockett (Darla) of Brighton, Colorado; and 17 grandchildren, Ken Windholz (Jill), Chris Windholz (Kristy), John Windholz (Dani), Dan Windholz (Melissa), Jenny Montgomery, Wendy Eckhart (Kyle), Callie Windholz, Jake Laas (Julia), Reilly Klein (Jacob), Michelle Davis (Josh), Brian Legleiter, Andrea Legleiter, Lance Windholz (Courtney), Rachael Windholz, Niki Crowe (Josh), Sara Marshall, and Miranda Kay; 17 great-grandchildren, Jaxson Windholz, Maggie Windholz, Cooper Windholz, Kinley Windholz, Nate Windholz, Sam Windholz, Jace Windholz, Bria Windholz, Jake Montgomery, Ava Montgomery, Mary Eckhart, Cade Laas, Leah Legleiter, Addie Legleiter, Carter Dominquez, Devyn Dominquez, and Ezra Brown; 18 step-grandchildren; and 23 step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Agedia Windholz; his first wife, Mary Ann; five brothers, Julius, Sylvester, Alvin, Raymond, and infant brother, Anthony; four sisters, Georgine Wasinger and Theresa Wood and two infant sisters, Johanna Marie and Dolores Catherine Windholz; a step-son, Robert Hammersmith; and a step-son-in-law, James “Fritz” Wohler.
Services are 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 16, 2016, at The Basilica of St. Fidelis Victoria, Kansas. Burial in St. Fidelis Cemetery Victoria, Kansas.
A Gorham Daughters of Isabella rosary is at 6:30 P.M. Friday, vigil service is at 7:00 P.M. Friday, followed by a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7:30 P.M. Friday, all at Cline’s Mortuary, 412 Main Street, Victoria, Kansas 67671.
Visitation is from 5:00 to 9:00 P.M. Friday, and from 9:00 to 10:45 A.M. Saturday, all at Cline’s Mortuary Victoria, Kansas.
Memorial contributions to The Basilica of St. Fidelis or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Condolences can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org