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Ralph Allen Kabrick

May 5, 1947 - May 22, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Ralph Allen Kabrick

Ralph Allen Kabrick

Born: May 5, 1947
Died: May 22, 2019
Age: 72

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     Ralph Allen Kabrick was born May 5, 1947, in Spencer, Iowa, and passed away at his home in Spencer on May 22, 2019, at age 72. Ralph grew up playing with his sister Judy, his cousins, and the neighborhood children, riding bikes and playing ball. He attended Jefferson Elementary, and loved riding the bus while his father drove his daily route around Spencer and sometimes riding on his father’s horses, Boots and Bingo.

    He attended Maplewood Academy in Hutchinson, Minn., graduating in 1966. While there he worked on the farm and in the craft shop. His roommate and close friend, Doug Hamilton, said they enjoyed playing practical jokes and hanging out. After Doug returned from Vietnam, they reconnected and have remained lifelong friends. For one year, he attended Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Md. He also went to Iowa Lakes Community College in Spirit Lake, Iowa, and earned his degree in heating and air conditioning repair.

    In 1968, he took a job at McQuay’s Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Plant in Spirit Lake and worked there until the company closed.  After that, he worked as the maintenance manager at Farmer’s Bank. It was during this time that he met Diana, who was a customer at the bank. They began dating and have been together for almost 25 years. One of his close friends says she was the “apple of his eye.” They enjoyed boating, motorcycling, or working on his home.

    Ralph was known by his friends and family as a helper, which is probably what led him to become a volunteer firefighter in 1986. For 21 years, he was “a mainstay,” says his fellow firefighter and friend Denny Klatt, who served with him for 14 years. “He was always there, he was the guy who you could count on,” says Denny. During his time of service, Ralph was president of the Spencer Volunteer Fire Department and was the Assistant Chief for the Fire Department. His friend Denny also recalls a time they drove to Des Moines together to receive an award for raising the most money in their area for the Muscular Dystrophy Association Boot Drive. “Ralph was an encourager, to the other firefighters and to the families on the scenes when we answered calls,” he says.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Kabrick, of Spencer, Iowa, and his mother, Henrietta, also of Spencer; and his cousin Robert Vanderbilt, of Redlands, Calif. He is survived by his sister Judy (Edward) Rosaasen of Redlands, and their four children; his aunt Christine Vanderbilt, of Redlands; his special friend Diana Walvoord, of Spencer, and her granddaughter, Storm; and numerous cousins.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M., Wednesday, May 29, at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Spencer Fire Department in Ralph's memory.
Pastor Paul Frederiksen
Spencer Fire Department
Visitation with the family will be 6:00 - 8:00 P.M., Tuesday evening at the Warner Funeral Home.
Organist - Arla Kintigh
Solist - Bill Lauritzen

"The Old Rugged Cross"
"Under His Wings"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 7:05 AM
“I was so sad to hear that Ralph has passed away. I always enjoyed Ralph and he was a special part of my family. I looked forward to seeing him when I was in Spencer and to have lunch and a few laughs with him. I was not ready for him to leave us! My deepest sympathy and love to Judy and Ed & family and to Diana and Storm. Blessing to you. ❤️ Cheryl Jensen Green”
- Cheryl Jensen Green
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:44 PM
“Our sympathy to the family of Ralph Labrick. We will miss running into him and giving him a bad time and vice versa. We are saddened to hear of his passing.”
- Larry and Fern Kilts
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6:05 PM
“Diana....I was so sorry to hear about Ralph. He was such a great time. I always remember our times of going boating with him and hanging out and he was just genuinely a great guy! John enjoyed his chats with him also. Thoughts and prayers for you and his family.”
- Becky Moore
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 5:03 PM
“Rest in Peace Ralph.
Prayers for you and all that knew you.”
- Mari Lu Larson
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 2:49 PM
“Ralph and my family were neighbors for years. We were the neighborhood kids he grew up with and played ball and rode bikes. Always fun and a good sport! We climbed trees together and ran races and played follow the barnyard trail. Those are memories I will always cherish. As adults we always shared a visit when we "ran" into each other. So sorry to hear of his passing. He will be missed. Gone too soon. Good bye to another neighbor will be remembered. Vicki "Rosa" Seversen”
- Vicki "Rosa" Seversen
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:31 AM
“Ralph was such a “cool” guy in high school—- so full of life and fun! His passing breaks my ❤️ ”
- Kathy Bollinger
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 9:00 AM
“Shocked to hear of Ralph’s passing. He was always good for a conversation...long or just to say ‘Hi!” RIP, Ralph.”
- Lorri Jahn Slaymaker
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 9:44 AM
“I will miss you...fond memories of us riding our horses and being in Spencer Area Saddle Club together. Hugs”
- Connee Kabrick Woods
Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 9:44 AM
“To the family of Ralph,
You have our sincerest condolences in the passing of a fellow firefighter. I enjoyed my time with Ralph while we served on SVFD together. He was always easy to talk to and visit with after a fire or our weekly meetings. During this time of sorrow, may you always be aware of God's abiding love. Tom and Mary Galik/Cedar Rapids, Ia”
- Tom Galik
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 1:03 PM
“A man of dignity and kindness who thought of others. I know him as a customer where I work. He'll be missed.”
- Per Clarke
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 9:11 AM
“I was saddened to learn of Ralph's passing. No more pain. I know you have had plenty. Thought of you earlier this month on your birthday. I really enjoyed working with you when we were at Farmers Bank. RIP my friend! Heaven gained one caring fireman angel. Cheryl Riley”
- Cheryl Riley
Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 7:47 AM
“So sorry to hear of Ralph's passing. I remember his from school and his Dad was my school bus driver! Oh and we are cousins through our fathers. Ralph was a couple of years younger and Judy a couple of years older than me, but I always knew we were cousins! Prayers for the family. He is in the arms of Jesus, what a wonderful thing!”
- Susan Kabrick Watkins
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 8:02 PM
“You left us too soon, we were not prepared for your leaving and leaving such an empty hole in our lives. There are no more pain in heaven for you only relief and calmness.. God called you home, I guess HE needed a Fireman Angel. Our hearts are heavy because of of our loss, you will be missed by so many. You are leaving us with so many wonderful memories to hold onto. God bless our family in this time of sorrow. RIP my favorite cousin, I will miss you so very much. God loves you.”
- Pae Kabrick Larsen
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