Ralph W. Gause

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 11:20 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 11:52 a.m. CDT

Ralph W. Gause, longtime Newton resident, passed away Oct. 1, 2013.

Ralph was born March 4, 1924, in Searsboro, Iowa, to Lester and Clara Gause. He served his country as a Marine pilot during World War II and Korea. After the war, he and his wife, Mary Virginia, moved to Newton, Iowa, where he worked for the Maytag Corporation. Ralph and Virginia moved to Indianapolis in 1986, and he continued to work at Jenn Air as head of manufacturing.

Ralph is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Mary Virginia; his son, Steve (Cindy) Gause; his daughter, Susan (Gary) Wiersema; his grandchildren, Wylie and Patrick Gause, Katie Wiersema Phillippi, Jamie Wiersema Smith, Taylor Gause and Nathan Wiersema; and five great-grandchildren. Ralph was preceded in death by his son, Scott Gause; his parents; and six brothers.

Private services will be at Crown Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ralph’s name may be made to the National Museum of the Marine Corps, 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172.

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