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Ralph R. Wyciskalla

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Ralph R. Wyciskalla

Ralph R. Wyciskalla, 88, of Tamaroa, passed away at 2:54 A.M., Sunday, December 25, 2016 at the Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.

Ralph had been a farmer. He had also been a welder at Taylor Brothers in Tamaroa and at the Captain Mine. He was a member of the St. Charles Catholic Church in Du Bois. Ralph was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of G Troop, 8th Cavalry serving in Japan. He received the World War II Victory Medal and Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Ralph was a lifetime member of the Du Quoin American Legion. He was also a member of the UMW of A and Perry County Farm Bureau.

He was born October 1, 1928 at Scheller, the son of Ignatius and Helen (Dudek) Wyciskalla.

He married Virginia May Mydler on October 9, 1954 at Nashville, and she survives.

He is survived by his wife of Tamaroa, one daughter – Shirley Kellerman and husband Kevin of Pinckneyville, three sons – Scott Wyciskalla and wife Lynn of Du Quoin, Steven Wyciskalla and wife Patricia of Scheller, and Jerry Wyciskalla and wife Dana of Tamaroa, two sisters – Frances Chapman of Tamaroa and Sally Kula of Glen Carbon, sixteen grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three great grandchildren, nine brothers and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M., Friday, December 30, 2016 at the St. Charles Catholic Church in Du Bois with Fr. Bernard C. Goedde, Jr. officiating.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 P.M., Thursday at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.

A prayer service will be at 4:00 P.M., Thursday at the Searby Funeral Home in Tamaroa.

Burial will be in the St. Charles Cemetery at Du Bois.

Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Du Quoin V.F.W. and American Legion and the Army National Guard.

Friends may make memorials to the Celtic Hospice or St. Charles Catholic Church and will be accepted at the funeral home.

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