Remembering Ralph Hauenstein

Ralph Hauenstein
Ralph Hauenstein

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Funeral arrangements are set for World War II veteran, West Michigan businessman and philanthropist Ralph Hauenstein.

Hauenstein died January 10 of natural causes, his grandson said. He was 103.

According to his biography from the Hauenstein Center, Hauenstein was born in Fort Wayne, Ind. in 1912. He moved to Grand Rapids when he was 12 and attended Central High School, where he ran track and played football.

Throughout his remarkable life, Hauenstein played a pivotal role in World War II, returned to Grand Rapids to become a businessman, and started a lifestyle of philanthropy that benefited West Michigan as well as Europe and into Russia.

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Visitation for Hauenstein will take place Thursday, Jan. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Cascade Road. The funeral visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew.  The funeral mass will immediately follow and be streamed live on the Diocese of Grand Rapids’ website.

Hauenstein will be buried with military honors.

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