Ralph J. Polite, 92, of Valparaiso passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 9, 2023, having maintained his jovial disposition to the end by saying “could be worse”. He was born June 19, 1931, in Valparaiso to Frank & Theresa (Manago) Polite. Ralph made his career as a Crane Operator with U.S. Steel for 35 years retiring in 1985. He was a member of Heartland Christian Center, enjoyed spending time duck hunting & fishing, and competing in the “Popcorn Panic” well into his 70’s. Ralph’s prowess in the stock market began early in his life, participating in day trading before the term was coined. His savvy personal analysis of market trends was rarely wrong as a contrarian investor.
On February 11, 1949, he married Jean M. Bailey who preceded him in death in 2017. Survivors include their children; Anthony “Tony” Polite, Annette (Robert) Eckley, James (Mary) Polite, Michael (Cherie) Polite, Joseph (Sharon) Polite, Gina Ducat, sister, Angie Yoshida, 17 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by grandson, Timothy Ducat, and siblings, Mary Bailey & Nicolas J. Polite.
A visitation will be held Friday from 12 noon – 2 pm at Moeller Funeral Home, Valparaiso with funeral service beginning at 2:00 pm and burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army.
I am deeply saddened about the loss of Papa Ralph. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. May his memories bring you comfort, and may you find strength in the support of your loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with you. -Jt Livingstone
Papa Ralph was one of a kind. Quite the duck hunter and quite a sense of humor with the grandkids and great grand kids. And he made the best spaghetti sauce!
Now he is back again with Grandma Jean. -Susan Gaul
My thoughts and prayers for the Polite family. May your memories of wonderful times sustain you through this difficult time today and always . I have fond memories of Ralph and Jean and family. My condolences. -Debbie Newsted
Many wonderful memories of time spent with with Dad Polite. Always happy to get duck breast and green beans. Rest in peace. Love you, -Patty VandeVelde