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Ralph A. Litzsinger

Mr. Ralph A. Litzsinger, 89, passed away on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Missouri.

He was born on July 29, 1922 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Erwin and Elizabeth (Haukap) Litzsinger.

Upon graduation, he entered into the U.S. Marine Corps, serving 3½ years. Ralph later attended Southeast Missouri State University where he received bachelor degrees in biology and education. He continued his education at Washington University where he graduated with a master’s degree in education and at the University of Missouri with a master’s in the teaching of biology. He spent the last 29 years of his career teaching biology in Webster Groves School District.

Ralph’s hobbies included a love of nature, hunting, fishing, traveling, singing, woodworking and other finely detailed work with his hands.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Martha E. Litzsinger.

He is survived by his wife, Gail Litzsinger of the home in Mtn. Grove, Missouri; his children, Ralph Litzsinger, Jr. and wife Liana, Susan Schoeninger and husband Terry, Sally Rubin and husband Alan, Deana Bass, Irma Bell and husband Leon, Chester Lee Bass and wife Verna, and Joe Bass and wife Patti; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Visitation was held on March 9, 2012 at Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home in Cabool, Missouri. Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 16, 2012, at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin, Missouri. Interment will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in St. Louis.

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