Ralph Edwin Onnen was born April 19, 1922 in Morris, Minnesota to Christ John Onnen and Gertrude Pauline Long. 

He died March 29, 2019 in Cottonwood, Arizona. 

His daughter, Bonnie Onnen, is a familiar face in Pelican Rapids–a longtime newspaper carrier, and also when she is on duty at Larry’s Super Market and Southtown Convenience Store. 

Ralph served our country during WWII in the U.S. Navy, honorably discharged in November 1945 as a 1st Class Carpenter’s Mate in San Pedro, California.

He owned a dairy farm in Minnesota, and retired from US Motors in Prescott; after that he was the caretaker at the Gun Club in Prescott Valley and a greeter at Wal-Mart. He traveled in his travel trailer for several years before settling down in Cottonwood.

He was very family oriented to his children, brother, sisters, grandchildren and great-children.

Ralph was an active member of the American Legion and enjoyed dancing. 

Ralph is survived by 7 children Dennis (Geri), Gary (Cheryl), Linda, Bonnie, Sheila (Gary), Bradley (Leslie), and Pauline; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great-grandchildren; his sister Betty Christenson and brother Donal Onnen; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers, 1 sister, and 2 great-grandchildren.

Bonnie Onnen’s sons are Dale Muckey, Pelican Rapids; Brian Muckey, Moorhead; and Duane Muckey, Frazee.