- Ralph F. Bochsler, U.S. Marine, businessman, philanthropist,
husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed
away February 6, 2020 at the age of 90. Ralph’s love and
dedication to his wife of 69 years, Louise, shone through to
the very end. They sat side-by-side as Ralph
passed—surrounded by family, holding hands, and praying,
just as they had all their years of marriage.
was born at home on January 10, 1930 in Mt. Angel, Ore. to
Albert and Hedwig (Wellman) Bochsler. Ralph grew up in Mt.
Angel and graduated from Mt. Angel Prep.
had a deep love for his country, a value he and Louise
instilled in their family. He enlisted in the Marines in 1948,
served in the Korean War. While serving for Fox Company, 2nd
Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 1st
Division, he was wounded in battle, recovered in Japan and
returned to the front lines. He was honorably discharged in
1952 and returned to the states to start his life with Louise.
this time, Ralph was employed by Lulay Brothers Lumber Co. in
Scio. He and Louise bought a farm in Monitor, growing berries
and raising cattle and horses. When the Catholic High School
in Mt. Angel closed in 1968, Ralph and Louise picked up the
family and moved to Stayton. In 1973, Ralph and Louise founded
North Santiam Paving Company and Ralph worked along side his
two brothers, Tom and Joe, and with his two sons. Ralph always
stressed that the people at the company were its biggest asset
and ensured that everyone was treated fairly and with respect.
Ralph’s values of hard work, quality craftsmanship, faith
and family still drive the company today.
top priorities in life were his faith, his wife Louise and
their support of Catholic causes. They devoutly supported
Regis St. Mary Catholic School, Mt. Angel Abbey and Immaculate
great outdoors called on Ralph’s heart. Some of his fondest
memories included elk and deer hunting trips across Oregon
with his brothers, sons and friends. Later in life, he loved
fishing, crabbing and boating with family. His love for the
outdoors tied right into his passion for cowboying.
and Louise founded North Santiam Red Angus, raising herds as
large as 80 head of cattle and receiving many awards for their
well-bred animals. While the size of the heard became smaller
over the years, At 90 years old, Ralph was still raising
cattle and owned two horses. He’d owned horses his whole
life and as one of the founders of the Santiam Canyon
Stampede, Ralph would help with the Stampede’s cattle drives
is survived by his wife: Louise of Stayton; sons: Ron (Juli)
Bochsler of Stayton and Gary (Maureen) Bochsler of Scio;
daughters: Charlene (Larry) Foltz of Front Royal, VA and Janet
(Ted) Highberger of Stayton; sisters-in-law: Barbara Bochsler
of Mt. Angel and Dorothy Bochsler of Sublimity; 20
grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by brothers Albert, Joe, John and Tom and sisters
Adeline Hammelman and Sister Maryann.
will be Thursday, February 13, 2020 from
9-10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Stayton
with Recitation of Rosary at 10 a.m., followed by Mass of
Christian Burial at 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow at St.
Mary Cemetery with military honors. Contributions may be made
in his name to Regis St. Mary Catholic School. Serving the
family, North Santiam
Funeral Service, Stayton.