Mr. Luechtefeld was a mail clerk for the United States Postal Service for 30 years before his retirement in 1984. He was also a part-time farmer and a member of the St. Clair County Farm Bureau. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he loved to travel and spend time with his family. Ralph was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Georgia, nee Forayt, Luechtefeld, whom he married on July 6, 1963, and who died on November 28, 2014; his parents, Libory and Anna, nee Terveer, Luechtefeld; a brother, Leonard (Mary) Luechtefeld; five sisters, Sister Florence Luechtefeld, OLVM, Gertrude (Joe) Maes, Dorothy Luechtefeld, Clare (Gerard) Schmidt, and Rita (James) Pajares; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Adolph (Irene) Forayt, Rosemary (Walter) Gausepohl, and Charles Morgan.
Surviving are two sons, Mark (Karen) Luechtefeld and Kevin Luechtefeld, both of Belleville, IL;
a granddaughter, Kara Luechtefeld of Belleville, IL;
a sister, Sister Leona Luechtefeld, ASC, of Belleville, IL;
a sister-in-law, Jean Morgan of Belleville, IL;
and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters, to the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, to the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight, or in the form of masses. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 8, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:45 a.m. Saturday, June 9, 2018, from the funeral home for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Fr. Allen Maes, O.M.I officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.