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Col. Ralph S. Culet

September 18, 1922 - April 15, 2016



Colonel Ralph S. Culet, 93 years old, USAF retired, formerly of Salem, Oregon, died of natural causes on April 15, 2016, in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Ralph was born in Platte, South Dakota on September 18, 1922, to Philip and Josephine Culet. He is a graduate of Platte High School and the University of Maryland.

Ralph was a career military officer, serving thirty-three years in the United States Air Force.  During World War II, Colonel Culet served in the South Pacific, and later completed his career while serving in Europe, Panama, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and various locations within the United States.  He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Air Tactical School, the Air Command & Staff College, and Air War College.

He married Margaret Morton on June 18, 1944, and together they had four children, James, Peggy, Gregory and Christine. Upon completion of his military service, he and Margaret retired to Salem, Oregon in April of 1973, where he established R’ALVA Enterprises until his final retirement in 1984. 

He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, his parents, his sister, Phyllis Quimby, and his special friend, Elizabeth Collins. He is survived by his children, James Culet of Gig Harbor, Washington, Peggy Gowan of Seattle, Washington, Gregory Culet of Nampa, Idaho, and Christine Stroomer of Steilacoom, Washington, and his sister, Oralee Buechler of Pierre, South Dakota, as well as nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 14, 2016, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 721 Chemeketa St. NE in Salem, followed by a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.

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