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Ralph Henry Fauth


World War II Vet Ralph Henry Fauth was born on April 13, 1926, to Jacob and Christina (Fuhrman Walker) Fauth. After a lengthy illness, he went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 at age 90. Present at his home-going were his wife, Carolyn, and daughter Joleen.

He was the 10th child of 17 children. His parents' homesteaded in the Baylor community and he was born at the family farm.

He attended school at the South and North Fuhrman School. He was his dad's shepherd during part of his grade school years and summers when in high school. He attended high school in Glasgow. While in high school, he set pins at Dunn's Bowling Alley after school. He graduated in 1944. He was drafted into the Army right after high school and served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, including Hawaii and the Philippines. His duties included motor pool and combat duty, and he was responsible for 25 to 35 POWs. He was on a boat to Japan, intending to make a beachhead landing, when the atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His boat was rerouted back to the Philippines to clean up the military base and then he returned home to the United States.

He spent some time in Minneapolis recovering from his time in the military. After that he farmed with his dad and purchased a farm, and in 1956 he married Carolyn Schmidt of Lustre. They were married in Minneapolis and honeymooned there. They settled on his farm in the Baylor community. Daughter Joleen was born. He also helped build the Glasgow Army Base.

He and his wife helped care for her mother for two years in the Lustre community. The family moved back to the Baylor community. Several years later, they rented a farm at Lustre, where they farmed for 40 years.

He accepted the Lord at a special revival meeting in Glasgow after returning home from the army. He was later baptized upon his confession of faith.

The Fauths attended the Assembly of God Church in Opheim where he served as board member. Later, the church in Opheim closed and the Fauths attended the MB Church in Larslan, where he served as usher. After moving back to Lustre, the Fauths attended the EMB Church, where he served on the trustee board and was church treasurer for a number of terms.

He and Carolyn also served as greeters at the EMB Church in Lustre. They served on the food committee and did the advertising for the annual Schmeckfest at Lustre Christian High. He loved missions, focusing on Menno and Barb Kroeker, who were missionaries in Brazil, supporting them from the time they went to Brazil, until they retired.

He and Carolyn retired from farming when he turned 80. They purchased a house and moved to Glasgow. While in Glasgow, he and his wife, Carolyn, attended the First Baptist Church where his grandparents had attended.

He enjoyed family and friends stopping by and going to McDonalds. He also enjoyed going to their farm in the Baylor community, visiting their daughter, Joleen, and grandchildren, Chad and Jennifer, in Washington. He and Carolyn also traveled to other parts of the United States visiting family and friends.

He was an avid toy tractor collector and had a special place in his heart and shelves for Case and Case-International tractors.

The last years he and Carolyn stayed near their home in Glasgow as his health began to fail. He always enjoyed family and friends stopping by their home in Glasgow for a visit.

Preceding him in death were his stillborn daughter, Peggy; his parents, Jacob and Christina; four brothers, Albert Walker, Gilbert, Art, and Delbert Fauth; and eight sisters, Martha (Walker) Hullinger, Lilly (Walker) Fuhrman, Edna (Walker) Larson, Violet (Fauth) Cornwell, Ellen (Fauth) Paris, Anna Jean Fauth, Wilma Fauth, and Lanora Walker.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, Carolyn, and daughter Joleen; grandson Chad and his wife, Sarah; granddaughter Jennifer and her husband, Harold; Chad's children, twins Maci and Mason, and Jennifer's children, Noubide and Yemi; two brothers, Mark and his wife, Pat, and Bobby Dale and his wife, Susan; one sister, Linda; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Ralph left us Nov. 5, 2016, to meet his Lord and Savior, yet we know we will see him again in Glory.

Family received friends Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at Bell Mortuary, with a time of remembrance at 7 p.m. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Glasgow, followed by burial at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. A reception followed at the church.

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