Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Obituary: Ralph W. "Pat" Loy - Class of 1926

MADISON - Ralph W. "Pat" Loy, age 100, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008, at Middleton Village. Ralph, the son of Joseph and Anna Loy, was born on Feb. 25, 1908. He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1926. His long work career included employment at the First National Bank in Madison, Master Mix Feeds, and Central Soya. Ralph continued to work as a part time bookkeeper for Thysse Printing into his early 90s. He was a lifelong resident of the city of Madison. Ralph married the former Beatrice Qualle on Sept. 7, 1934. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church since 1940. Ralph was most proud of his many years as a member of Blackhawk Country Club. Golf was his passion and he was good at it. He walked the course, carrying his bag of clubs, well into his 80s and was known to say that, "Golf has kept us above ground." When he wasn't golfing, Ralph enjoyed family vacations to northern Wisconsin, and hunting and fishing trips to Canada. At age 100, it could truly be said of Ralph: You shall come to the grave at a full age, as a sheaf of grain ripens in its season (Job 5:26). Ralph is survived by his wife of 74 years, Beatrice of Madison; a son, Phil (Judy) Loy of Middleton; a daughter, Carol (Marv) Baerenwald of Antigo; and a son, Dennis (Deborah) Loy of Marquette, Mich. Grandchildren include Roger Albertson of Baraboo, Kim (Glen) Hameister of Berlin, Sara Carrick (husband, Mike Burie) of Sun Prairie, Patrick (Michelle) Loy of Mazomanie, and Erin (Dan) Kosarzycki of Mount Horeb; stepgrandchildren, Dawn (Bret) Loy and Scott (Robyn) Baerenwald; and great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Gregory and Brianna Hameister, Kara and Matthew Loy, and Ethan Carrick. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Howard. Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703. The family wishes to thank Bethel Lutheran Church for many years of support and kindness shown to Bea and Pat. Gunderson West Funeral and Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 24, 2008

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