Ralph F. Tackes

Ralph F. Tackes

November 06, 1929 - November 02, 2017

Ralph F. Tackes

November 06, 1929 - November 02, 2017


It is with great sadness that the family of Ralph Frank Tackes announces his passing on Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Ralph was born on November 6, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to Nicholas and Barbara Tackes. Ralph received his BA from Loyola University and proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War.

Ralph is lovingly remembered by his wife of 61 years, Melissa Jean; son Thomas (wife Katy); daughter Mary (husband Mark); daughter Jane (husband Dave); daughter Judith (husband Jay); son Nicholas (wife Ana); Grandchildren: Zachary, Joshua, Sara, Nicholas, Rachel, Lily, Ava, Tate, Nathan, Matthew, Madeline and Great-granddaughter Rayne.

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19 responses to Ralph F. Tackes

  1. Lit a candle in memory of Ralph F. Tackes

  2. Jay Drummond says:

    Ralph was a friend for over 30 years. In those 30 years we talked about two things. Exclusively. World War II and basketball. I was lucky enough to see Ralph on the day he passed. We talked about two things. The same two things we always did. He was a mentor of mine regarding the history of World War II. Even though I wrote a thesis on the subject, the historian Ralph Tackes always knew more about every topic I would toss his way. When we discussed basketball, I had to perennially take my hat off to the founder, president, chief operating officer of the “I Hate the Lakers” club. As a proud club member myself, I only wish I could have displayed half the passion that Ralph had for this worthy club. So on the night that Ralph passed, the Lakers lost on a last second shot. To me, it doesn’t get any more poetic than that. God gave Ralph a salute on the way out. God bless you Ralph. I will miss you.

  3. Katy says:

    Lit a candle in memory of Ralph F. Tackes

  4. Tom says:

    Happy Birthday Dad. I know you’re spending this one in the greatest place possible —heaven. Thanks for being such an incredible Dad, mentor, and friend. I will forever be grateful for the time we shared together whether it was sports, travel, deep conversation, or just hanging out. I am so proud to be your son, and will carry forward your values, principles, and genuine love of life for remainder of my years. Love always. Tom

  5. cory says:

    I did not have the honor of sharing time with Ralph. I do have the pleasure of calling both of his sons friend – especially Tom. If the apples do not fall from the tree, then the world is a lesser place today with the passing of their father. God bless the Tackes family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Cory, Janet, and Ryan

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