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Posted By Obits On February 9, 2012 @ 4:17 PM In Obituary | 19 Comments

September 24, 1932 – February 9, 2012

Ralph J. Christofferson passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Ralph was born in 1932 in Havre, Montana. He loved his dogs. Ralph recently started to attend Bow Valley Christian Church, where Pastor Peter Kehler had become a supporter to him.

Ralph is survived by his wife Elsie Christofferson; daughters, Melody Christofferson and Monica Chadwick; his grandchildren, Jennifer Gale and Cameron Gale; and his family, Nellie Neuman, Ruth E. Hedge, Darlene Bren, and Norm Christofferson. He was predeceased by his mother when he was 5; his father when Ralph was 57; and brothers, Arnold and Clarence.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Bible Society,Post Office Box 10, Station Main., Edmonton, AB T2N 1V5 Telephone: (780) 439-7729. www.biblesociety.ca.

In living memory of Ralph Christofferson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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Condolence from Monica Chadwick on February 13th, 2012 5:24 PM

I miss dad’s smiling face and gentle spirit. He was a wonderful, wonderful dad. There wasn’t a selfish bone in his body and he was always willing to lend a hand to those in need. I love him alot, and know I’ll see him again.

Condolence from Brian Chadwick on February 13th, 2012 6:33 PM

I’ve known Ralph for over 20 years. Everytime I saw him he either had his Holy Bible or it was nearby. During his visits to our home in Dallas we would always share in the word and learn from Ralph. He surely was a man that walked with God. I like to think that he has not left us since anyone that met him will carry him within each of us. Heaven has truly gained a gentle spirit worthly of being with our Lord and Savior. He now has the peace and comfort he deserves.

Condolence from Esther and Stan Rippel on February 14th, 2012 5:32 AM

We live in Irving, Texas where Monica lives and are very close neighbors and friends…we have also had the pleasure of meeting her sister Melody and her dad. What a sweet and gentle man …we will always remember him that way!

Condolence from Donald Lloyd on February 14th, 2012 8:17 AM

There are people you meet in your life and they move on. Then there are people in your life like Ralph who remain with us for the rest of our lives. They not only enhance our lives, they make the world a better place. God bless my friend, you are in a far better place and thank you for your friendship.

Condolence from Melody Christofferson on February 14th, 2012 8:17 PM

Dad lived his faith every day. He demonstrated faith in action – always doing what needed to be done without complaint. I miss your quiet gentle humour. I will miss you always.

Condolence from Brenda Fick on February 14th, 2012 9:52 PM

Dear Melody, Monica and your families:

My sincere condolences to all of you in this time of sadness…Ralph has left his children with a legacy of kindness and understanding with you and for those around you. All of those qualities carry on, and will carry on, in your lives and those of your families. He left a fine legacy of integrity and kindness that is to be cherished.

May Ralph rest in peace. He was a
gentle soul; a kind soul; a Christian soul; and a soul worthy of tremendous respect and for all that he experienced in life.

My sincere condolences are sent with love and affection, Brenda

Condolence from Nadean Ollech on February 14th, 2012 10:08 PM

My heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time. I wish I had words to help make it better but it just sucks. I am glad for you however to have had the time you did with you Dad.

Condolence from Barbara Jensen on February 15th, 2012 7:21 AM

I am a friend of Melodys, I send my condolences to Melody and family. Melody always spoke highly of Ralph. I had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times what a gentle soul, heaven will welcome Ralph with open arms. Dads are just special and I know Melody will miss him dearly. Thoughts are with you at this time.

Condolence from Darlene Bren on February 15th, 2012 10:46 AM

I will always treasure the last phone call with my brother, Ralph. While we didn’t get to share in his life enough, we all know him as the gentle loving father/brother/friend that he was to everyone he met. He loved animals and that’s always a good sign of a loving gentle person. He shared all the fine qualities of our Dad and for me, that’s right up there with “walking on water.” I know Dad put on a fresh pot of coffee in Heaven and they have enjoyed the reunion since Ralph arrived. I love you, Brother dear.

Condolence from Tom Hamilton on February 15th, 2012 1:01 PM

Ralph was a kind, gentle and humble man.
A man who every day lived by Christian principles. Quick to forgive, and slow to judge, he was an inspiration to all he met, and even moreso to those who got to know him. It was a pleasure to have known him. He will be missed.

Condolence from Janet Lennox on February 15th, 2012 1:27 PM

Melody, I never got to meet your dad but I think I got to know him from all the heart to heart conversations we had while we were working together. My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Nellie Neumann on February 15th, 2012 1:51 PM

As his litle sister, Ralph was my hero. No one in our neighborhood could jump fences like he could! He never met an animal he didn’t like.His gentle, quiet spirit was reflected in all he did. He always looked for the best in others. His quiet sense of humor brightened the landscape for all around him. His love for God was genuine, and I eagerly look forward to meeting him Heaven.He was loved by all of his family so very much.

Condolence from Ron Doornbos on February 15th, 2012 2:58 PM

Melody and Family, our condolences on your loss. Regards, Ron Doornbos and Lou Barron

Condolence from Ruthie Hedge on February 16th, 2012 10:09 AM

I am a sister who was truly saddened by the news that my brother Ralph had passed on.. I will miss him and that is the part that saddened me, but I KNOW that I KNOW that he is in Heaven and I will see him some day again. Jesus said, “Because I live, ye shall live also.” What a wonderful promise when our loved ones who knew Jesus pass on. Ralph was very thoughtful and kind to my mother who was really his stepmother. His own mother passed away when he was only 5 yrs old. The two families were joined together and all of us truly knew that Ralph was our Big brother. He was so gentle. One of his daughters put it this way, “Dad was an angel and angels belong in Heaven.” How true of gentle, loving, kind Ralph. I miss you big brother. Thanks for being kind to Mom in her later years. Thanks for your visits to Montana to help her out and show concern for her well being.

Condolence from Sherry (Forbes) Findlay on February 16th, 2012 3:45 PM

I met the Christofferson family when they moved in 2 doors down from us, sometime in 1961. Melody and I were 6, and discovered that our birthdays were only 1 day apart. I spent many, many hours in the Christofferson home, and always thought the girls had the second best daddy in the world. As an adult, that belief never changed.
Ralph was a hard working, gentle and kind man, who was always generous and never had a problem with having one more little girl underfoot.
Sadly, it has been many years since we last met, but just knowing that he is no longer there is a burden on my heart.
My sincere condolences go out to Melody and Monica, and their families. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you.

Condolence from Melanie Hamilton on February 17th, 2012 4:33 AM

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Ralph this Christmas at Tom and Melody’s. It was a pleasure to spend time with such a gentle, unassuming man. I know Melody and Tom will miss his presence in their lives as he enriched it so much while he stayed with them. My heartfelt sympathy to all who loved him.

Condolence from Norm Christofferson on February 18th, 2012 11:45 AM

My dear brother. Out of the seven siblings he was probably the most like our dad. Quiet in nature, a lover of animals, gentle-spirited, and just a kind and Godly man. I wish I could have spent more time with Ralph but surely will in eternity where time has no meaning. Ralph, thanks for loving our mother – your stepmother, as you did all those years.

Condolence from Phyllis Leacock on February 20th, 2012 1:56 PM

Death leaves a heartache no one can Heal! loves leave s memory no one can Steal! May he raise you up on Eagle`s wing, bright white lights we leave today, to meet the Christ above. This little Light will shine, let it shine, let it shine, on the family left to mourn , such a great loss. Elsie, Melody & the entire family, my prayers are with you all. God`s Blessings will keep you strong.

Condolence from Kim Binnie-Jones on February 21st, 2012 11:17 AM

As a great friend of Melody’s I met Ralph when Melody and I had young children. He was fixing Melody sink. He was so easy going. He was always a gentleman and with a quiet and gental soul.No doubt that even now he is heaven. He was a worthy man. Blessings and condolences to Melody Tom Jen and Cam.

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