Obituary

Ralph James Fuhrman

February 10, 1931 – October 6, 2012

 

Born in Beach, ND – to Robert and Hazel Fuhrman

He passed away peacefully in Tacoma, WA surrounded by family members.

He was preceded in death by his brother Don and his son Scott.

He is survived by Mary, his wife of 37yrs; brother Bob; sons Mark, Steve, and Lance; stepsons Ken and Clayton; stepdaughters Elaine and Kathy; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Ralph had many jobs throughout his life including rebuilding the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and constructing the Nalley Valley viaduct.  He was a master carpenter and a jack of all trades while mastering most of them.  But after all of these adventures he finally settled in at Boeing.  He quickly rose in the ranks to become a manager in the BAC facilities division. He retired from there after 20yrs at age 62 and began “snow birding” to Casa Grande, Arizona for the winter months for the next 15 years.  Once he got back from the desert lifestyle of Arizona he counted the days until he could get back up to his prime motorhome real estate at Mineral Lake and to be with his fishing buddies. A place where he had fished for the past 60 years or more.  Ralph was a Mineral Lake legend for his friendliness, knowledge, and kindness to all people as well as his uncanny abilities to catch the elusive adversary known as the rainbow trout.  Of course he did have an unfair advantage over the average fisherman since he had mastered the art of tying flies.  He had named his new fly “The Fuhrmanator” and it too became legendary just like the creator. Being who he was he gladly shared them with his friends so they could catch some big fish too.

A loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and cherished friend to many he will be sorely missed, except of course by the Mineral Lake trout.

A memorial service will be held in Lakewood, WA at Mountain View Cemetery’s Garden Chapel at 2:00pm on October 19, 2012.