April 22, 1947 ~ October 27, 2019
Ralph Daniel Nilles Jr. passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 27, 2019, at the age of 72.
Ralph was born on April 22, 1947, to Ralph Daniel Nilles Sr. and Zita Nilles. Zita passed away when Ralph was only nine months old and then his Aunt Ruth Sigerson raised him until he was six. His father remarried Candace Brennen in May 1950. Candace adopted and raised Ralph when his father passed away in December of 1958.
A lifetime resident of Fargo, Ralph attended St. Anthony’s elementary and graduated from Shanley High School in 1966. After high school he attended NDSU. On his 20th birthday, he met the lovely Carolyn Dalberg. After winning a coin toss to decide if he should talk to her, he then went on to win her heart. Ralph and Carolyn married on March 7, 1970 in Soderville, MN and went on to have four beautiful children.
Ralph built relationships through his career in Real Estate and his business, JR Remodeling, which he owned with his son, Joel. He mastered the art of friendship and built a strong community through Bible Study Fellowship as both a member and leader and during his 20+ years in AA. His legacy of friendship lives on in the lives of those he loved deeply.
Ralph treasured the lake and took many fishing trips over the years enjoying all the fellowship that went along with them. Ralph and Carolyn loved to spend time camping and visiting their children. He cherished time with his family during their annual lake week where he taught his grandchildren the thrill of fishing and joy of lake life.
Ralph came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior later in his life. He touched countless lives through his humble, open communication about the saving grace of Jesus. His life was a testimony of God’s redeeming power.
Ralph was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and at the time of his death was in remission.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife Carolyn; children, Rachel (Jake) Cremer, Hot Springs, MT, Joel (Rachel) Nilles, Fargo, ND, and Nadine (Rob) Lloyd, Maui, HI. He was blessed with nine grandchildren, Isaac, Darian, Noah, and Jericho Cremer, Jadon, Nathan, and Joshua Nilles, and Brooke and Robin Lloyd.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Zita, and Candace; and son, Jared Nilles.
There will be a visitation from 5-7:00 PM with a prayer service following at 7:00 PM on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, Fargo. The funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Calvary United Methodist Church, Fargo with a visitation one hour prior. Burial at Holy Cross North Cemetery.
The family requests memorials are given to Lighthouse Church at 21 9th St S in Fargo and the Jared Nilles Memorial Fund through the Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation.