Ralph E. Zwald



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Greece/ Branson, MO: Friday, August 29, 2008 at age 75. Predeceased by his wife, Diane; brother, Hank “Bud”; grandson; Caleb. Survived by his sons, John Zwald, Michael Zwald, Eric (Wendy) Zwald; daughters, Suzanne (Norman) Pink, Julie Zwald; sister, Shirley DeStefano; grandchildren, Nathan (Maria) Pink, Brian (Krissy) Pink, Nicole and Zachary Zwald, Kasey, Kaliegh and Kori Zwald, Meaghan, Jacob and Matthew Zwald; great-granddaughter, Julianna Pink; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Ralph enjoyed teaching ballroom dancing on cruise ships and playing his banjo with family and friends. He was always there to help others in need. Family and Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday 9:30 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 36 Armstrong Rd.. Entombment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association or Visiting Nurse Service in his memory


  1. Ruth Huntsman on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Zwald Family, My prayers and condolences to each member of your family. I came to meet Ralph while attending a church service at the Tablernacle Church and later met him again at the Branson Community Center Ballroom dance class. He was such a fine dancer and gentleman. He was always kind and possessed such a positive attitude. He will be missed but his race is run and we will see him again as we all will make our departure someday from this life into the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Sincerely, Ruth Huntsman

  2. Patricia DiLaura Lorenzen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Zwald family, I just learned about your Dad’s passing. My heartfelt sympathy. I wish I could have made it to the service this morning. I worked at Family Camp when your family attended and also played in the group ‘Forever Young’ with your Dad. He was such a good man. Your Mom also was always so good to be around. OF course after he moved away we lost touch, but he will always be a part of my musical history. I will always treasure the memories I have of playing with him, Jude, Al, Bill and Rose. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I’m sure this will be a great loss for you all. God Bless….Love, Patty

  3. Norm and Joan Zanin on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Zwalt Family: Norm and I were saddened to hear of the passing of your father. We made friends with Ralph while taking senior ballroom dance lessons in Kimberling City and in Branson. He was his perfectly happy self the last week we had a lesson. All of us will miss his happy face and his contributions of fun to our class. In prayer for all of you as you grieve his passing.

  4. Howard and Edna Miller and Family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Eric, We are so sorry for your loss. I am brought back to the memories of when I lost my father not so long ago. Words are little consolation, but are usually all we can offer to you at a time like this. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss and, at the same same time, a celebration of your fathers long life.. Love, Howard, Edna and the Girls.

  5. Kristen Hudson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so fortunate to have been acquainted with Ralph. I enjoyed knowing him through dance–he was so kind to help me along in my first year. What a wonderful man he was. I will miss him.

  6. Carol on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Let the many loving memories of him that you hold in your hearts sustain and comfort you. He was such a character and lived his life with such enthusiasm . You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Connie Wyatt on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I am so very sorry that we have lost Ralph. He was a light to the world. I met him about 2 years ago at a dance and even tho’ I was new to dancing he danced with me and I loved every minute. He had a smile and a kind word for everyone. I am in Colorado for the summer helping my son and not able to attend services. We will all miss him so much. He was one of God’s special gifts to the world. Cherish his memory in your heart forever. Sincerely, Connie Wyatt

  8. Ken Armagost on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    In deepest sympathy for your loss.

  9. Michael Capes on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John & Eric, I am sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Unexpecting passings can be shocking and painful, but always having a Loving Memory of your dad will always overcome that and he will remain alive in your hearts & minds. May your children and other family members also always keep his memory alive. Mike Capes

  10. Mike Murray on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, Eric, Mike, Julie, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless, Mike & Linda Murray

  11. Mary Ann on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, I read about your father. I am very sorry for your loss.

  12. Jean Berry on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Julie and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always larger than life. As always, you’re in my thoughts.

  13. Kelly Offen on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Julie and family, I’m so very sorry to hear of you dad’s passing. Please know that I’m thinking of you, and hoping that the fond memories of your dad carry you through this difficult time. love, Kelly

  14. Gordon Cox on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ralph made this world a better place. He will be dearly missed. Thinking of all of you. Gordon and the Cox Family

  15. Jim "Elrod" Bulmahn on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Ralph was a great guy. I heard about his passing a day too late. He was your father, but could also be considered ‘one of the guys’. I still have his album of banjo songs. I hope to get in touch with the family, soon. Much respect – Jim

  16. Ms.Jenny Altis on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    to all Ralph E. Swald Family;Just received notice great loss to all of us, that knew him. I enjoyed dancing with Ralph, so much ,To me a congenial guy, I Will always cherish his acquaintance, a great pleasure to have known him. His kindness for others was always there. A special person.. Jenny Altis, Springfield, Missouri

  17. Mary Helen (Murdock) Welch on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    To Julie and all Ralph’s children: I had the pleasure of meeting Ralph when he first moved to Branson in March of 1998. He was a delightful friend, so eager to meet new people and enjoy new adventures. Over these many years he has enriched many lives as he touched everyone with his positive attitude and his generous hospitality. His deep spirituality was so real. He will be missed by all who knew him. Julie, we look forward to seeing all of you next Tuesday at the service. Many prayers and sincere sympathy. Mary Helen & N. E. Welch.

  18. Tom and Mary Johnson on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    We enjoyed dancing with Ralph. We’ll miss his ready smile.

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