Ralph Wilbert Karmeier, 70 of New Minden, passed away peacefully at his home at 1:40 AM, Monday, August 9, 2021, surrounded by his family after losing his 2-year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Ralph was born January 31, 1951 in Centralia, Illinois, son of Arthur and Lorene (Brueggemann) Karmeier. He married Julia Q. Brammeier April 11, 1970 in Ferrin Illinois and she survives in New Minden.
In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by his daughter, Andrea and son-in-law Jeffrey Hoffman, grandchildren Carlin (special friend Ethan Herzog), Caden and Gracen Hoffman all of Nashville, brother, Richard Karmeier of Nashville and sister, Geraldine (Michael) Krigelski of Lake Wales, Florida. Brothers and sisters-in-law, Edmond Brammeier of Nashville, Carl and Louise Brammeier of Carlyle, William Klieboeker of Johnston City, Doris Brammeier of Ferrin and several nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Nicholas Ian Karmeier, his parents, Arthur and Lorene Karmeier, father and mother-in-law, Emil and Quinta Brammeier, brothers and sisters-in-law, Wilbert and Bernice Zimmerman, Alrene Brammeier, Eileen Klieboeker, Delbert Brammeier and Pat Karmeier.
He dearly loved his children and grandchildren and had been devoted to making a better life for his son, Nicholas.
Ralph was an auto mechanic and owned and operated Karmeier’s Garage for 40 years. After retirement he continued to restore 8N Ford tractors and fix anything that needed fixing. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden, past member of the Hoyleton-New Minden Fire Department and served as Street Commissioner for the Village of New Minden.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 13, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Minden with Rev. Timothy Mueller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington County Vocational Workshop CILA Home or St. John's Lutheran Church.
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