In Memory of

Ralph Norman Selzer

September 1, 1932 - January 26, 2019
From: Dickens, IA
Ralph Norman Selzer

Ralph Norman Selzer

Born: September 1, 1932
Died: January 26, 2019
Age: 86

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Ralph Norman Selzer was born on September 1st 1932 in Peterson Iowa. He was the 6th of 9 children born to George and Irma (Blackmer) Selzer.
He spent his youth on the family farm near Spencer Iowa where he received his education, graduating from Spencer High School. After graduation he entered the military and served in the Korean War as a US Marine from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1954.

Upon returning from Korea Ralph went to work as a salesman for the Brown Shoe Company in Grinnell Iowa. In sales he found a calling and he stayed in the profession his entire career.  While in Grinnell Ralph met Barbara Fritz. They were married on June, 16th 1957. They welcomed a daughter Paula Jane on March, 14th 1958. Their family continued to grow when a son, Jeffery Martin, was born on November, 30th 1959.

From Grinnell the family moved to Bismarck North Dakota, then to Norman Oklahoma finally landing in Northern California in 1966.

Ralph and Barbara divorced in 1978 and Barbara passed away in 2002.

Ralph’s family continued to grow when he married Patty Mc Farland in 1980. Patty had a son, Michael, from a previous marriage whom Ralph adopted. They settled on a ranch in Orland California. While there Ralph, Patty and Michael raised award winning show cattle and maintained an orchard of olive trees. As they say you can take the boy out of the farm but not the farm out of the boy.

In 1998 Ralph and Patty divorced.

In 1999 Ralph moved home, he returned to Iowa settling in Dickens. Over the next 20 years he worked, played and lived a very happy existence.

He passed away at Spencer Hospital on Saturday, January 26th, 2019 at the age of 86. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents George and Irma, his sisters: Margaret Hanson, Barbara Willms, Donna Pena, his brothers George (Bud) Selzer and Carl Selzer and his beloved daughter Paula Jane King.

Left to cherish his memory are his son Jeffery Selzer and his partner Wendy Rogers. His stepson and wife Michael and Tina Selzer, Two grandchildren and their spouses Cassidy and Ron Bragg, Kyle and Francine Felts, three brothers: Ken Selzer, Charles Selzer, and William and Evelyn Selzer, along with numerous loving nieces and nephews as well as his many friends. 

Ralph will be remembered for being a loving son, brother, uncle and an amazing father, along with his kind and happy nature, his work ethic, and the ever present twinkle in his bright blue eyes.

A Public Celebration will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer
Oakland Cemetery
Peterson, Iowa
privately at later date

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the following organization: 



Friday, February 8, 2019 at 8:14 AM
“I'm so very sorry to hear that Ralph has passed. My condolences to the family. ”
- Tricia Norgaard
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 9:07 AM
“Our Sympathy to Family & Friends of Ralph, RIP Ralph, Thank You for your Service to our Country!!!”
- Doyle Engebretson & Sue Beving
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 8:47 PM
“We had nice visits with Ralph while he and our son were taking treatments at Abben. He has our prayers.”
- Jim & Pat Hynes
Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:26 AM
“So many memories, they are treasures to keep ! Yes, the twinkle of the eye when he could “ Pull your leg” . The Selzer, “Gift to Gab”to any and all.
Missing You Uncle Ralph !!! Lynn”
- Lynn Hanson Harrison
Monday, January 28, 2019 at 9:36 AM
“Ralph was a friend of many years. Always fun to be around. So happy we got to catch up on Christmas Day. He will be missed by all! My sympathy to all his family.”
- Kristie Daly
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 7:27 PM
“To all family's of Uncle Ralph,,,our prayers are out to you all,,will very much miss our letters and cards and talk,,,all my love to you and family and friends,,,God Bless Michael and Brenda (Selzer) Mattheis ”
- Brenda ( Selzer) Mattheis
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