Ralph H Grunerud, 95, passed away on Tuesday July 8, 2014, at Bishop Place in Pullman, WA. At his request there will be a graveside service at the Moscow Cemetery Friday July 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with Military Honors
Ralph was born on May 4, 1919 to Almer and Rosine (Holen) Grunerud at the family homestead, near Broderick, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was the fourth of four boys and two girls. In 1922, due to drought and crop failures, the family migrated to Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Ralph graduated from Bonners Ferry High School in 1937. That fall he enrolled at the University of Idaho (Dairy-Short Course), upon completion he was employed by the Idaho Dairy Products Co. of Moscow, Idaho. On April 4, 1941, Ralph and Jennie Mae Hisel, of Moscow, Idaho, were married.
Ralph enlisted in the United States Marine Corp during World War II. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. He was wounded during the battle of Iwo Jima. He spent over two months in hospitals at Guam and Pearl Harbor, when he was discharged he returned to active duty. He spent the next year on the island of Saipan. While on Saipan he was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal. World War II ended, he was given an Honorable Discharge and returned home to his wife and his old job.
In 1951 they moved to Yakima, WA. There he enrolled in a two year Electrical Course, at J.M. Perry Technical Inst. Upon completion they moved to Moses Lake, WA, where he worked as an Industrial Electrician. In 1965 he began working for the State of Washington as a state electrical inspector. They relocated to Colfax, WA and later to Pullman, WA. He retired in 1982.
He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church. A life member of the VFW, the DAV and a 50+ year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, wife Jennie in 2006, brothers Goodwin, Arlo, and Orion Grunerud and his sister Lila Kent. Ralph is survived by a sister Korra (Omer) Olson of Spokane, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family suggests memorials be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel of Moscow and online condolences may be left at www.shortsfuneralchapel.com