Darling, Ralph "Forever in our Hearts" Ralph was born on November 14, 1939 to James and Marjorie Darling. He grew up in northern Iowa in a beautiful farming community. After graduating from high school, Ralph enlisted in the United States Navy where he served for 4 years. He married the love of his life in Minneapolis and when their children were young, they moved to Blaine, MN. As a highly respected and successful business owner of Darling's Sales & Service Company, Ralph cultivated a long-standing reputation in the commercial laundry industry as a talented leader and knowlegeable sales & service specialist. He strived to be a mentor and friend to all who had the pleasure of working with him. Throughout his life, Ralph gave generously to everyone he met. He believed in a strong work ethic, building steadfast and loving relationships with family and friends, and living life to the fullest while encouraging others to do the same. Family gatherings at home, and spending time in his backyard oasis, were the words he used to describe his "happy place"! Ralph passed away peacefully on August 20, 2019. He was 79 years old. Ralph's family adored him and they are grateful for the blessings and love he poured into their lives. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife Nancy, 3 children, Debbie Darling, Shelley (and Joe) Wies, and Brad (and Dana) Darling, 7 grandchildren, Tyler (and Alyssa), Karli, Garrett, Riley, Vince, Olivia and Jamie, 1 great grandchild, Everett, 2 sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends who loved him. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Ronald, Gerald and David. Visitation at Washburn-McReavy - 1827 Coon Rapids Blvd from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, August 28, 2019, memorial service at 7 pm. Mass of Christian Burial at Epiphany Catholic Church - 11001 Hanson Blvd NW at 10:30 am on Thursday, August 29, 2019. Luncheon to follow. Washburn-McReavy.com Coon Rapids Chapel 763-767-1000
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