Ralph William Wilcox

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Ralph William Wilcox

March 23, 1926 - March 07, 2019

Ralph William Wilcox Ralph William Wilcox
ONALASKA -- Ralph William Wilcox, of Onalaska passed away peacefully Thursday, March 7, 2019, just shy of his 93rd birthday.
Ralph was born in Janesville, Wis., March 23, 1926, to William and Cordelia (Boucher) Wilcox. He married Lucille Koehl Sept. 6, 1947, in Janesville. In addition to their five children, they also welcomed Marilyn (Koehl) Thompson into their home.
In 1957, Ralph became an insurance agent for Metropolitan Life in Monroe, Wis. He earned his CLU designation. Ralph retired from MetLife in 1982, after relocating to La Crosse and serving as a district manager. He then worked part-time for the Insurance Center in Onalaska, as a consultant and as a computer technician, until re-retiring in 2004.
Ralph's real love was being a Jazz musician. He played clarinet and saxophone. He performed for many years with the Al Townsend's Wonderful World Jazz Band, the Mississippi Mud Cats and other local jazz groups. Ralph occasionally sang lead vocals and often got requests from his grandchildren and fans to sing their favorite "Ain't Gonna Give You None of My Jelly Roll" song.
Ralph was also known for his sense of humor. He was quick with puns and could deliver one-liners with a straight face. He and Lucille enjoyed traveling together and for many years would spend their winters in Lake Havasu, Ariz.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Lucille (Koehl); five children, David (Carol) Wilcox, Linda (Thomas) Arlt, Richard "RJ" (Sandi) Wilcox, Patricia (Robert) Krarup and Nancy (Corey) Ramquist; nine grandchildren, Michael (Julia) Wilcox, Rebecca (Daniel) Davenport, Nicholas (Mary) Arlt, Russell (Julie) Wilcox, Allison (Jason) Suchon, Lee (Katie) Krarup, Lane Krarup and Angel Perez, Roxanne (Luke) Dowske and Jacqueline Ramquist; and eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Jordan, Jaden, Jack, Victoria, Samantha, Zoey and Jewel.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; brother Roy; and sisters, Mildred Wilkins, Grace Broderick and Marilyn Thompson.
A visitation for Ralph will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at St. Patrick's Parish, 1031 Main St., Onalaska, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, Ralph's family asks that donations be made to St. Patrick's Parish or the Alzheimer's Association. Coulee Region Cremation Group has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.couleecremation.com.
The family would like to thank the Memory Care Unit at Eagle Crest North for all the compassionate and loving care during Ralph's last year.
Published on March 10, 2019
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3 posts

Nancy and Pete Schreier
Mar 10, 2019
May the road rise to meet you Ralph, and May our dear Lord welcome you with open arms. Our sympathies extended to the Wilcox family
Mary Wirkus
Mar 09, 2019
All my sympathies to the entire Wilcox family. Ralph was such a special man, and I always appreciated his witty quips as I helped Dad set up his drums before a gig. He was a fabulous musician and a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you!
Marylou Biddlestone
Mar 09, 2019
It is definitely my pleasure to have known Ralph. Participating in wii bowling with Ralph was a fun experience and also a beneficial one for our team.
My condolences to you, Lucille.