Ralph Bullinger, 86, Mandan, died February 24, 2016 at Sanford Health in Bismarck with his loving family by his side.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, February 29, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Mandan VFW Post #707 and American Legion Post #40.
Visitation will be held Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 2:00-8:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Parish Vigil at 5:00 pm followed by a St. Anthony Verein Rosary at 6:30 pm.
Ralph was born on November 22, 1929 to Nick and Frances (Bender) Bullinger in St. Anthony, ND. He was raised and educated in the Ft. Rice area. Ralph entered the United States Army in 1952 and served in the Korean War for 13 months. He was honorably discharged in January of 1954. He returned to the area after his discharge and married Lucille Heinrich on October 26, 1954 in St. Anthony. They farmed south of St. Anthony until 1967. Ralph and Lucille then moved their family to Mandan where Ralph worked at Speedy’s Tire Service for 23 years.
Ralph was a kind and generous man with a heart of gold. He enjoyed woodworking, playing cards such as rummy and pinochle in numerous clubs for many years. He also enjoyed dancing, camping and fishing. Ralph was a lifetime member of the Eagles, American Legion, the Moose and an officer and member of the St. Anthony Verein. Above all his family was central in his life and he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Ralph will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Lucille; daughters, Karen (Harold) Ternes, Cornville, AZ and Lorraine (Dennis) Friesz, Mandan, ND; son, Marvin Bullinger, Mandan, ND. Grandchildren; Tanya Walther (Jesse), LeeAnn Ternes (Shawn Andreasen), Jeremy Bullinger (Jillian), Jessica Kok (Brandon), Lisa Robinson (William), Sara Hertz (Jaden), Lindsey Ternes, Eric Friesz and friend Brittany. Great grandchildren; Luke and Tyler, Aiden and Mya, Alexis, Hannah, Braelynn, Riley and Edyn. Step great-grandchildren; Jonah and Olivia. Sisters, Irene Morrell, Mandan, ND and Marlene Schweitzer, Wheatland, WY; brothers, Lawrence (Kitty) Bullinger, Davenport, WA and Kenny Bullinger, Mandan, ND; sisters-in-law, Carol Bullinger and Alice Bullinger along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; son, Edwin; great-grandson, Peyton Kueffler; sisters, Rose Wetsch, Clara Hatzenbuhler, Bertha Schwartzbauer, Annie Bullinger and Linda Bullinger which both died as infants; brothers, Jack, Ben and Nick Bullinger, sister-in-law, Frances Bullinger, and brothers-in-law, Mike Wetsch, Joe Hatzenbuhler and Robert Schwartzbauer. Father and mother-in-law, Nick and Katherine Heinrich.