Ralph H. Enzweiler

Born: Wed., Jul. 20, 1921
Died: Sat., Jan. 22, 2011

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Ralph H. "Shortte" Enzweiler – a longtime resident of Adams, Oregon, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday afternoon, January 22, 2011. He was 89 years old. Viewing will be held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Athena, OR, on Tuesday, January 25th from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., with Recitation of the Holy Rosary to be held at 7:00 P.M., also at the Church in Athena. A Graveside Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at the Athena Cemetery. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Shortte Enzweiler was born at home in Medford, Wisconsin, on July 20, 1921. Ralph grew up in Steger, Illinois, along with his brother and six sisters. He attended high school at DePaul Academy in Chicago and graduated in 1939 with excellent grades. Working in the CCC's for 18 months, he traveled around the West and fell in love with the mountains, trees, rivers and lakes in Utah, Idaho, Montana and Colorado. He volunteered to teach other young men in the CCC's reading and writing skills because many had not had his educational opportunities. He also worked as a chemist for an assay company before he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served four years in the Pacific during World War II, with his last position being a gunner's mate first class. After the War, he returned to the West where he traveled with friends and worked odd jobs. He took a ranch hand position in Colorado for some years before moving to Wisdom, Montana, where he met his wife Yvonne NaiDean Denny. The couple was married on September 3, 1952 in Dillon, Montana, and started his family in Wisdom. In Montana, he moved his family to Big Sandy, then to Choteau, before going overseas alone to South Vietnam for work four years in construction during the Vietnam War. The family moved west to DuBois, Idaho, then to Clackamas, Oregon, and finally to Adams, Oregon, where they remained. Ralph had resided there for over thirty years. He often told his children and friends how much he had enjoyed his life, and spoke about his love of his life's work as a mechanic. He missed very few days due to illness, and was proud of his ability to continue working full-time until he reached the age of 76, when he retired to care for his wife, which he did until her death in 1998. Shortte is survived by six of his seven children: Constance Enzweiler, Carrie Dave Bremer, David Margaret Enzweiler, Donna Skaggs, Denise Byron Coffelt, and Michael Deanna Enzweiler, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife NaiDean, daughter Gail Ann and granddaughter Yvonne Weed.

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Roger & Sharon Graham
   Posted Tue January 25, 2011
Shortie never aged a lick and he has always been an angel in my eyes. I will miss him. Sharon

George Klawitter
   Posted Wed January 26, 2011
When Uncle Ralph visited Steger, Illinois, one summer half a dozen years ago with his son and grandson, it was as if we got to talk to him every day of his life, as if he had never moved West. What a wonderful man for conversation and stories!

Colleen Klein McGrain
   Posted Wed January 26, 2011
Dear Cousins, I am very saddened by the loss of your Dad, one of the few remaining older generation of our family. Although I met him just a few times over the years, our letter writing relationship was a wonderful way to stay connected. His warmth and humor was evident in the way he wrote. My Mom, Leona, and he also had a special connection from childhood that was kept alive by letters. The obituary you placed shows the great history he had and showed your love and care for a fine man. Please accept my deep sympathy on his death. Best regards, Colleen

Valerie Milazzo
   Posted Wed January 26, 2011
Dear Cousins, We were saddened to hear of Uncle Ralph's death. Whenever he visited, we enjoyed his stories of growing up in Steger and the antics he and his brother Bob did to tease their sisters. Last summer we had the opportunity to see the ranch in Colorado where Ralph spent some of his early working days. It was as big and beautiful as he had described it many times. Our sympathy is with all of you. Ben and Valerie Milazzo

Carrie Niord
   Posted Wed January 26, 2011
I will miss the talks we had over the backyard fence. Every winter when I would say "I'm tired of being cold he would say "Oh this isn't cold, when we lived in Montana...." It was always fun to see what kind of weird lawn mower he was riding around on. And I will miss the sound of him working in his shop, & the smell of his pipe. I will miss Shortte very much. My prayers to his family.

Lana Janssen
   Posted Fri January 28, 2011
Dear Ones, Shortee has been a part of my life for a long time. I loved him and I love each of you. I wish I could have been with you during this time but that was not to be. Just know that you are all in my prayers. I will miss him just as I miss each of you. Take care of each other and live well. I love you all. Aunt Lana

Lana Janssen
   Posted Fri January 28, 2011
Dear Ones, Shortee has been a part of my life for a long time. I loved him and I love each of you. I wish I could have been with you during this time but that was not to be. Just know that you are all in my prayers. I will miss him just as I miss each of you. Take care of each other and live well. I love you all. Aunt Lana

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