Ralph Doles Templeton, age 93, of Evansville, IN, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on January 9, 2021, at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.
Ralph was born September 30, 1927, in Bloomington, IN, to the late Frank L. Templeton and Gladys (Doles) Templeton. He grew up in Bloomington, IN. After high school, Ralph enlisted into the United States Army. He was in the 2nd Constabulary Regimental Band in Freising, Germany. Ralph attended Indiana University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1950. He was the band director in Carmel, IN when that was a small school (the senior class in 1952 had eighteen students). Ralph returned to IU for graduate studies and earned a Master of Music Education degree. From 1953 to 1968 he was a band director in Columbus, IN. After two years of graduate study at Indiana University, he taught psychology classes at Vincennes University. He received his PhD from Indiana State University in 1975. Ralph joined the School of Education at the University of Evansville in 1976 and taught there until he retired in 1992.
Ralph enjoyed family gatherings, traveling (especially in Europe), Volksmarch walks, live music performances and brief obituaries.
Ralph is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jean Templeton; daughters, Janet Heise (Stephen) from Bloomington, IN, Sue Deschene (Rick) from Shelburne, NS Canada; three grandchildren, Jeff Wyatt (Becky), Tobey Wyatt (Damien Jones), and Joseph Heise; four great grandchildren, Liam Wyatt and Reese Wyatt, and Kora Brady and Alessandra Wyatt. Additional survivors include those in his step-family from the Brackmann clan, Christine Hampton (Barry), and Tom Brackmann (Julie); their children and grandchildren, and the children and grandchildren of the late Steven Brackmann.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gladys Templeton, infant son and two 2 sisters, Ruth Kirkpatrick and Marti Irick.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1811 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN with Pastor Tom Wenig officiating. A Live Stream will be available beginning twenty minutes prior to the service time. Please visit www.boonefuneralhome.net, select your loved one’s obituary, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click Live Stream. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery.
Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until time of service, Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Memorial Contributions may be made to: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Memorial Trust Fund at 1811 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN 47714.
Arrangements are being handled by BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.
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