Of Willis, Michigan, age 65, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 8, 2022, at his home. He was born April 12, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, the only child of Marion and Beatrice (Wisnewski) Szymaszek.

Ralph graduated from Cody High School in Detroit, in 1974. He worked his entire life in maintenance including Heublein, Roush and most recently, McNaughton & Gunn in Saline. Everyone knew Ralph for his big heart and unique sense of humor. He loved his family and friends and would do anything for them. He enjoyed his toys as much as he did cars and his amazing collection of retro nostalgic memorabilia.

Ralph was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Ann Ammon, who died May 13, 2008. Ralph was a loving uncle to Eddie, Jerry, Rick, Ruth, and Luke in addition to his cousins, seven great-nieces and nephews and several god-children. He was a cherished friend to many. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, his nephews, Eddie and Jerry, and by two cousins, Vera Bodurka and Tim Rumenapp.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 29, 2022, 4:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.  The family will receive friends Friday from 2- 4 pm.

Burial will take place at New South Park Cemetery in Martinsville, IN beside his wife, Mary.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, MI.

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#15 Ed & Linda Ammon 2022-05-01 15:58
So sorry that we were unable to attend Ralph's funeral
#14 Robert Grew 2022-05-01 15:36
I worked with Ralph at Heublein and had some great laughs with him. Ralph was definitely a great guy and will be missed by many.
#13 Rev. Gerald Greuling 2022-04-26 10:28
I worked with Ralph for several years at Mcnaughton & Gunn. Ralph had a big heart, he cared deeply for those he loved. I connected with him on Facebook after I left M&G. He would often send me encouraging words and always ask me how I was.
Ralph, you will be missed.
#12 Jim Greene 2022-04-25 14:46
I worked with Ralph at McNaughton & Gunn for over five years . I found him to be a very thoughtful , kind and mellow man .
My sincere sympathies to his friends and family .
Rest in peace my friend .
#11 A. Yargeau 2022-04-25 07:33
My deepest sympathy God bless
Thank you for everything
#10 Barbara McComsey 2022-04-24 16:17
I knew Ralph through my best friend, Tina Moran and his wife, Mary. He was always a lot of fun, always told it like it was, and loved life. May he rest in peace.
#9 Tina Moran 2022-04-24 15:14
I just found out today you passed. Such sad news. RIP with Mary.
#8 Cheryll Kregear 2022-04-13 16:29
Ralph was such a nice guy and a great coworker when we were at Heublein. Had some wonderful reunions at his house too. Rest in peace.
#7 Jeanie Prentice 2022-04-13 10:02
Ralph and I celebrated a few birthdays together, I wish we could have celebrated a few more. Rest in peace Ralph, we will miss you.
#6 Mary Gurk 2022-04-12 21:46
Such a sad surprise I just wished you a Happy birthday today. Ralph you will always be remembered with wonderful memories. So glad I had the privilege to know you.

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