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Ralph Schoephoerster

August 08, 1935 - January 27, 2015


1-2:30 P.M. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Funeral Service:

2:30 P.M. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

A light luncheon will be served following the service in Boulger Funeral Home's Celebration of Life Center, Fargo.


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Ralph Schoephoerster

August 08, 1935 - January 27, 2015


Died Jan. 27, 2015, at Bethany Nursing Home at 42nd after 26 years of fighting, mostly with a smile, Parkinson’s Disease plus multiple other health problems.

Born August 8, 1935 in Lisbon, ND.  Parents Ida and Elmer Schoephoerster.  Ralph graduated from Lisbon High School and for a short time attended Mayville State College playing football. 

Ralph held numerous jobs as a youth in Lisbon.  Ralph went to work for Otter Tail Power in 1957 as a lineman.  He was drafted into the Army 1958.   Following his Service, Ralph returned to work for the power company.   In 1989 at age 53 early onset Parkinson’s was diagnosed.  Dr.s said it had been working in his body probably 10 years prior.  He was on long term disability by age 59.

Ralph married Betty Moxness of Wahpeton, North Dakota, Jan. 14, 1961.  Due to advancements within Otter Tail Power, Ralph worked in the following areas: Jamestown, ND; Devils Lake, ND; Fergus Falls, MN; Wahpeton, ND; Crookston, MN; and Twin Valley, MN.  Ralph was a Service Representative for most of those years.  In 1993 Ralph received one of Otter Tail Power’s highest awards.  He was one of three awarded the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service. 

Ralph and Betty raised two sons, Randy and Rick, in Twin Valley, MN.  In Twin Valley, Ralph was active and held offices in Booster Club, Lions Club, Zion Lutheran Church, bowling leagues, etc and was a 20-year veteran of the volunteer Fire Department.

In 2000, Ralph and Betty moved to Perham to help son Randy in a marine dealership.  In 2006, they moved to Roseau to help out son Rick- granddaughter Madi Jo.  In 2009 they moved to Fargo, ND to be closer to medical specialists.  In 2010 April, Ralph moved to Bethany Nursing Home.

Ralph’s passions were always:  family first, then lawn, garden, camping, sports (Vikings) and deer hunting.  Deer hunting was on his mind by Sept of each year even in years when he had to have his sons bring him to the hunting areas & get him into a lawn chair in order to post. The last year he hunted 2009 he did so from a wheelchair.  For 10 years of basketball, football, track, baseball, he rarely missed a son’s game.  Somehow, he planned out his work schedule.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers:  Harold, Roy, Merle, and Dale; sister-in-law Norma.  He is survived by his wife, Betty (Fargo), two sons:  Rick, wife Sheila, and granddaughter Madison (Thief River Falls); Randy, wife Janet, grandchildren: Danielle, Megan, Matt (Shakopee, MN); 1 brother:  Delbert, wife Helen (Phoenix, AZ); sister-in-laws Allie (Lodi, WI); Pat (Howard Lake, MN) fourteen nieces and nephews.

Ralph resided for almost 5 years at Bethany Nursing Homes.   3.5 yrs at University campus and remainder at 42nd.  Thanks to the great staff at each campus.

In lieu of flowers Ralph would like memorials be sent to Great Plains Food Bank, Fargo, ND, or Twin Valley Rescue Squad, Twin Valley, MN.  Online guestbook is at www.boulgerfuneralhome.com


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10 responses to “Ralph Schoephoerster”

  1. Reed Schoephoerster says:

    Moorhead MNRoni and I are standing in for the Roger Schoephoerster family and hope to join you later today. 02/03/2015;

  2. Roxy Ann Reynolds says:

    Aliso Viejo CASo sorry for your loss, Betty – you’re in my thoughts and my prayers.;

  3. Mary Adams says:

    Pleasantville NYRalph, such a kind, intelligent, great to be with person, I’m sorry you are gone, but I’m glad to have known you. Now you can rest.;

  4. Darlene & Jerry Joubert says:

    Pelican Rapids Min He was a great guy we new him well and his family good people God bless them all.;

  5. John MacFarlane says:

    Fergus Falls Minnesota
    Betty and family

    Our sympathy. Ralph was one of the best, always admired his service to customers and OTP.

    John MacFarlane;

  6. Joyce & Dick Reinke says:

    Bloomington MNBetty, Randy, Rick and families,

    Our sympathy to all of you. We will miss Ralph’s easy smile and his quick mind. He may have lost many physical abilities but he never lost his ability to \”take us to the cleaners\” when playing Sequence!

    Dick and Joyce


  7. DeVaun Cline says:

    South Daytona FLBetty,Randy & Rick,

    I am so very sorry for your loss.
    My love and prays are with you now and always.

    If you need or want to talk..

  8. Peter & Evf Slabik says:

    Fargo ND

    You have our deepest sympathy

    we will miss stopping to visit with him;

  9. Ginny Qualmann says:

    Madison WiBetty, Randy, And Rick,
    I am SO sorry. I will pray for you, your families, and for my dear, sweet Uncle Ralph. I was blessed to have him in my life.

  10. Dana (Stueness) Dingmann says:

    My sympathies to you and your family. I smiled when I read Ralph’s obituary where it stated his lawn was one of his passions. I would definitely agree with that! Brandon and I always enjoyed caring for your dog and mowing your yard in Twin Valley when the two of you would leave town. I do have to admit though, we were a bit nervous to mow, as we were fairly certain it was not up to Ralph’s standards. Thanks for entrusting two neighbor kids with one of Ralph’s passions!

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