Posted: Wed 10:21 AM, Dec 26, 2012
Funeral Home: Helke
Ralph W. Bliese, 77, of the town of Wausau, entered his heavenly home on
Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born to
Walter and Marie (Kroenig) Bliese on June 20, 1935, in Wausau. He married
the former Phyllis Walters on April 12, 1958, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in
the town of Pine River.
Ralph was a self-made man. In 1965, he started Valley Scale Service with
two people. In 1983, he purchased the Green Bay distributorship. In 1987,
he purchased Thomas Johnson Scale in Rice Lake and merged that business into
the Valley Scale operation. Ralph retired in 1996 due to health issues.
The business was sold to three of his children who worked there. Currently
he also has a grandson full time and two grandchildren part time working in
the business he successfully launched. Ralph was also an electrician,
learning the trade during his two years of service in the U.S. Army. He was
a charter member of the Easton-Hewitt-Wausau Lions Club and a member of
He was a wonderful mentor and provider for his kids and grandkids. He will
be greatly missed by all who loved him. Rest in peace.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Lynn (Donald) Budnik of
Hatley, their children, Nathan (Beth) of Luxemburg and Adam (Maria) of
Wausau, Lori Weber of Wausau, daughter, Brittney, Darrel (Patty) Bliese of
Rice Lake, their children, Tyler, Courtney and Sam, Karla (Edwin) Davidowski
of Ringle, their children, Logan and Kasi, Duane (Peggy) Bliese of Wausau,
their children, Amber (Travis) and Damon of Wausau, Kevin (Renae) Bliese of
Little Suamico, their children, Kendra and Brianna, Brad (Anissa) Bliese of
Wausau, their children, Emma, Karina, and Axel; two great-grandchildren,
Brogan Bliese and Mason Budnik; and sisters, Dorothy Schoepke of Fond du Lac
and Janet Widule of Schofield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilbur, Dennis, and
Raymond Bliese; and sisters, Lucille Brandt, Arlene Schroeder, and Ruth
A celebration of his life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 28,
2012, at Zion Lutheran Church, 709 Sixth St., Wausau, with Rev. Steven
Gjerde officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 3:00 p.m.
until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Helke Funeral Home,
Wausau, and again at the church on Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the
time of service. A prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Thursday in
the funeral home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas. You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to Zion Lutheran
The family would like to thank the cardiovascular specialists, nurses,
doctors, and staff in the Cardiovascular ICU at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for
the compassionate care provided to Ralph.