Ralph Nicholas Moonin
November 23rd, 2017 | Staff Report
Ralph Nicholas Moonin went to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 14, 2017, in Seward, Alaska after a long battle with complications following a massive stroke.
Ralph was born in Port Graham on Sept. 22, 1944, to Edna G. and Mickey D. Moonin. He grew up in Port Graham with his parents and two sisters, Martha Wallin and Lydia Robart. Ralph attended high school at Mt. Edgecombe in Sitka, followed by Haskell Vocational Indian Nations University in Kansas.
The call to serve his country was answered when Ralph joined the Navy and became a Seabee. He served four years in the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged August 1972.
Ralph owned and operated his own commercial salmon seiner and drift boat for the Upper and Lower Cook Inlet. Ralph was an excellent and great teacher on the boat. He made the "chore" of fishing and earning a livelihood fun!
Throughout the years, Ralph always kept his "love" and desire of flying very much a part of his daily life. His great love of airplanes and aviation was constant in his everyday conversations and looking toward the skies.
Ralph was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Malchoff Moonin Hanson and his father, Mickey Moonin; his sisters, Martha Moonin Wallin and Lydia Moonin Robart.
He is survived by his brother; Jerry J Hanson (Rochelle) of Sterling, Alaska, and his three daughters Tianna Lee Moonin Fritz (Bryan) of Oshkosh, Wisc., Dehlia Swenson Klawitter (Terry) and Darlene Swenson all of Oshkosh, Wisc. and his two nephews, Roger Wallin Jr and Floyd Robart. He is also survived by his ex-wife, Joyce White.
Ralph has nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Although his grandchildren lived far away, they were a joy and delight to him.
A Celebration of Life was held Nov. 17 at St. Herman's Orthodox Church in Port Graham, Alaska, with Father James Gust officiating.
The imprint of the father remains forever on the life of the child.