Ralph Bruno Tempel was born on August 25, 1951, in Germany, the son of Gerald and Ursula Tempel. Ralph came to the United States at age 5 and attended Waterloo schools, graduated from West High in 1970. He then attended Hawkeye Tech and received a degree in Designer Engineering. He worked for Hinson’s, Dorfer’s Engineering, Black Hawk Engineering, and was also as a “rent-a-bod,” where his employer could rent out his services. Ralph worked at home for several years before working at GMT in Waverly. Following a stroke in 2008, he was forced to retire. On September 25, 1995, Ralph Married Mary Bandfield in Galena, Illinois. He also volunteered at the Human Society and loved animals dearly. Ralph also loved his Camaro, and playing volleyball, softball, and golf. He was an excellent painter, woodworker, yard landscaper, and did stained glass work, he was truly a jack-of-all-trades. Ralph died unexpectedly at the age of 67 on May 11, 2019, at Unity Point Allen Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents. Ralph is survived by his wife, Mary of Waterloo; three step-children, Keith (Melissa) Coates, Michaela Kotz, and Travis Schleusner; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Thomas Tempel; a sister, Sylvia Pflughoeft; and a niece and nephew.
The burial will take place at Garden of Memories Cemetery at a later date. Please direct memorials to Ralph’s family.
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