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Rafael “Ralph” DeLeon

Passed away suddenly Sun. Oct. 16, 2011 in Minnesota, age 66 years. Survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Patricia (nee Harter). Loving father to Judy Soik, Renee (Kevin) Klatt. Tawny, Camille (Anthony) Strickland, and Benjamin. Adoring grandfather to Jolene, Sofia, Jonathan, and Gabrielle. Dear brother of Manuela, Francisco, Juan Jr., Susana (Victor), Teresa (Raul), Raymond, and Antonio (Laurie). Preceded in death by his mother and father; brothers: David, Rogelio, and Alex (Leonor); sister, Margarita; and son-in-law, Robert Soik. Further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends around the world. Ralph devoted his life to serving others as a drug and alcohol counselor,missionary in Guatemala, and was a friend to many.

Visitation at the Niemann/Suminski Funeral Home, 2486 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Sun. Oct. 23, 2011 from 3:00 PM until the time of Worship Services at 6:00 PM. Burial will take place 10:00 AM Mon. Oct. 24, 2011 at Wisconsin Memorial Park, 13525 W. Capitol Dr. Please meet in the RED parking area in front of the main memorial building by 9:45 AM. We will be escorted to the grave as a group.

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Dear DeLeon Family,

My husband and I wanted to come to the service for Ralph on Sunday. Unfortunately, we had a Baptism is our extended family. My husband is also in the addiction field and knew Ralph quite well. Back in 1990, we were having some marital problems. Ralph saved our marriage and next year we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with our four children and two grandchildren. Over the years, we have both thought of Ralph often and said a prayer of thanks for all he did for us.

We are so sad for your loss but please know that Ralph truly had a gift for healing and we are eternally grateful.

May God give you the grace you all need during this most difficult time.

With gratitude, faith and prayers,


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