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1175 South State Street
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 734-2281
Fax: (302) 678-1176
Ralph Gmuer

Ralph John Gmuer Jr.

Sunday, February 3rd, 1935 - Wednesday, August 19th, 2020
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On August 19, 2020, Ralph J. Gmuer, Jr. (85) passed away surrounded by his loving family. He is the son of Ralph J. Gmuer, Sr. and Elizabeth (Forsha) Gmuer from Pittsburgh, PA. He is survived by his loving wife and dear companion, Wilma (Holmes) Gmuer, with whom he shared 6 wonderful years of marriage. Ralph’s wife, June (Widmaier) Gmuer, pre-deceased him in 2004. Together they had three loving daughters, Amara Mohn of Mohrsville, PA; Bonnie Meeks (Harry) of Smyrna, DE; and Cheryl Gmuer (Steve) of Dover, DE; and six grandchildren: Tamara (Mohn) Ballard (Chad); Barbara (Mohn) Pequignot (Richard Tobias); Ryan Meeks; Ethan Hughes; Jeffrey Mohn (Jessica); and Olivia Hughes. Ralph is blessed with 3 great-grandchildren. When Ralph and Wilma combined their loving hearts, they shared the affection of Wilma’s children: Elaine Hak (Stephen) of NJ; Eleanor Bosen (Harry) of VA; Eugenia Stump-deceased (Dennis) of DE; Laura Wells (Gary) of PA; Evelyn Biro (Jim) of DE; Edith Chase (Richard) of DE; Steve Holmes (Cynthia) of WA; Eloise Baber (Joseph) of VA; Stewart Holmes (Maren) of MD; and Scott Holmes of DE. In addition, they have shared the blessing of Wilma’s 23 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.
Ralph entered the Air Force in 1955 and was stationed in Dover, DE and the Azores. When he exited the Air Force in 1958, he settled in Dover and raised his family. He co-owned and operated the Dover Texaco station located on Route 13 with his dear friend, Edward Bailey for five years. The Texaco was recognized as the Station of the Year twice in Delaware. He entered civil service with the U.S Postal Service in Dover in 1962 where he retired in 1993. He was blessed to enjoy 27 years of retired life in Dover with is family.
He enjoyed playing in the Dover men’s slow-pitch softball league and playing sports with his children and grandchildren (softball, billiards, basketball, tennis, baseball, and ping-pong). He was an avid bowler and had many friends over the 30 years that he bowled in Dover. He loved decades of vegetable gardening right up until his passing in 2020!
There will be a small, private memorial service for the family to assemble and share memories. In the spring of 2021, a celebration of life will gather friends and family for a graveside commemoration and interment of ashes. In lieu of flowers, the family asks well-wishers to donate to the Dover Modern Maturity Center, 1121 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904 Condolences and Memories maybe shared via www.ambruso.com. Arrangements by Michael J. Ambruso Funeral Director, Inc. Dover, DE
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    2928 Sharon Hill Road
    Dover, DE 19904
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Dale Hurley

Posted at 08:50am
Ralph was a very special man who was loved by all he came in contact with. I was a bowling buddy and will always treasure the friendship we had. God bless the family.
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Dale Hurley

Posted at 08:47am
Wilma, I can't begin to say how sorry and shocked I am to hear of Ralph's passing. He was such a very special and loving man. I so enjoyed talking with him at bowling and treasured his friendship. I pray that God comforts you and your family during this time of sorrow and remembrance.
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kim Miller

Posted at 09:11am
Uncle Ralph was kind, well humored, easy going and an all around great guy! We sure will miss him, but our lives as well as the lives of others greatly cherish the blessing he has been to all of us and our memories throughout the years.
Love and hugs,
Kim (Widmaier) and Bill Miller
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Ann KIMBRO

Posted at 12:57pm
So sorry for the loss of a great man. I may have only knew him for 6 1/2 years, but from all our conversations we had he was a great neighbor. I will miss seeing him & talking to him about gardening. May God give you peace during this time. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Love & Hugs: Ann & Jim Kimbro
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