Ralph was born on December 30, 1935 to Frank and Marjorie Pike. He completed Grade 5 in school at Leedale and Faraway, after which time he went to work at a sawmill in the Faraway area at the age of 12 years. Ralph’s other jobs during his career included; truck driver, oilfield operator, and farmer. During his off-time, he took great pleasure in camping, hunting, and fishing. Ralph enjoyed competing in rodeo events as a bareback rider and a wild horse man, and he also coached his son’s hockey teams. Ralph’s greatest love was spending time with his family and friends around a campfire or the kitchen table. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret; his sons: Dwaine (Ronda), Wayne (Jody), and Daryl (Sheila); as well as ten grandchildren, and twenty-three great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jack (Geraldine); sister, Maxine Kramps; and brother-in-law, Keith Bendle. Ralph was predeceased by his parents, Frank and Marjorie; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon (Doreen); sisters and brothers-in-law, Aleda (Bob) Long, and Kelsey (Victor) Konowalyk; sister, Kathy Bendle; and his brothers-in-law, Francis Kramps, and John Lawson.
A Private Family Interment will take place at the West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey on Monday, March 30, 2020. At a later date, an Informal Gathering to Celebrate Ralph’s Life will be held at the Leedale Community Centre, Leedale. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Ralph’s Memory may be made directly to Rimbey Health Services Donations Program, c/o Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre – Long Term Care, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0 (www.rimbeyhealthdonations.com). Condolence messages may be forwarded to the family by visiting: www.ofc-ltd.ca
Burial Arrangements for the Late Ralph Arnold Pike entrusted to the care of