Ralph John Zosel, 97, of Oroville passed away at his home on February 13, 2014. Ralph was born February 5, 1917 to William and Katie Zosel in Ballard, Washington.
The Zosel family moved their mill from the Bonaparte area to Oroville in 1926.
Ralph married Eunice Turner in 1941 and they had five children before Eunice died of cancer in 1959.
Ralph married Dorothy DenHerder in 1962 and she preceded him in death in 2009.
As a youth Ralph chose to live his life as a part of a worldwide family of Christians. This choice guided him for the rest of his life.
Ralph is survived by his brother James (Ellen) of Oroville, daughter, Mary of Oakland, Calif., son John (Linda) of Oroville, daughter Ruth (Robert) Hoag of Hillsbrough, North Carolina, son Howard (Nancy) of Oroville. A daughter, Nancy preceded him in death.
Ralph has eight grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held February 22 at 2 o’clock at the Oroville High School Commons.
Visitation will be at Ralph’s home, 89 Eastlake Road on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorials may be made in Ralph’s memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Association (JDRF) or the American Cancer Society.
Bergh Funeral Service (www.berghfuneralservice.com) in Oroville is in charge of the arrangements.