Ralph Vincent Wedman
Obituary taken from:
The Caldwell Messenger
Ralph Vincent Wedman, 66, Newkirk, died Monday, November 7, 2005 at his residence. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 11, 2005 at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Newkirk, Oklahoma. Interment services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 11 at the family cemetery on the farm north of Newkirk. Father Beckman officiated. The Rosary was recited at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 10 at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home. Father Seiwert officiated.
Ralph was born October 4, 1939, in Caldwell to Paul Cleo and Ida Mae (Metzinger) Wedman. He was reared and educated in Caldwell, graduating from Caldwell High School in 1957. He served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1963. Ralph worked as a farmer and rancher for many years. He also worked on the production line at Rubbermain in Winfield. Ralph was a member of the Shelton Beaty Post 18 American Legion.
Survivors include his niece and companion, Kathryn J. Wedman of the home; three brothers, Henry, Ponca City, OK, Anthony, of Leon, John J., Medfored, OK; two sisters, Cecilia Preisser, Haven, and Ida Mary Belmear, Medford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Paul C. Wedman, II, and two infant sisters, Evelyn and Angeline. Arrangements were made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home of Arkansas City.
Additional note by Rod Cook : " I talked with Ralph Wedman's brother-in-law. He said Ralph was riding a lawn tractor or riding mower and somehow a fire got started. Ralph's burned remains were found much later. He said that there wasn't much left to identify. No one witnessed the incident so they don't know any of the circumstances."