OLER, Ralph

Posted: January 4th, 2018


DR. RALPH FROMM OLER passed away suddenly Monday January 1, 2018, in his 78th year. Survived by loving wife of 54 years Kathy. Children and grandchildren – Robert (Jackie) Oler of Lethbridge, {Eryka (Derrick) Alaric, Esther (Mark) Remington, Steven (Dakota) Oler, Daniel (Amanda) Oler}, – Karen (Dr. Todd) Olsen of Lethbridge, {Tehani (Skylar) Matthews, Jayce Olsen, Mackenzie Olsen, Justin Olsen}, – Kandi (Richard) Russell of Magrath, {Brittany (Brandon) Knapp, Kennedy (Matt) Orr, Shelby (Taylor) Oberg, Maycee Russell, Porter Russell} – and Kristen (Dr. Darin) Brimhall of Henderson, NV, {Alexis (Torey) Ellis, Jon Brimhall, Ben Brimhall, Michael Brimhall, and Jacob Brimhall.} As well as 18 darling perfect Great Grandchildren that he was so proud of and loved so much: Henry, Summer, Eli, Maddox Alaric; Finn, Summer, Beau Remington; Simon Oler; Elliot Oler; Payton, Kaisley Matthews; Torger, Preston, Cutler, Austyn Knapp; Cooper “Ralph”, Crosby Orr; Olivia Ellis with two more arriving in 2018. Also surviving are his Sister Carol (Peter) Porkolab, Sister-in law Loretta Oler.

Predeceased by his parents, brother David Oler, Brother-in-law Larry Mulholland and Sister-in-law Elaine Mulholland.

Ralph was born 28 April, 1940 in Raymond, Alberta son of Delbert and Dora Oler. He loved Basketball and was a true “Comet”. After High School he served a mission for his church in California. Upon his return he married Kathy Mulholland of Claresholm in the Cardston Alberta Temple April 17, 1963. They spent the next four years in Toronto where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree, and returned to practice Optometry in Lethbridge for 43 years, with offices in Lethbridge and Blairmore. Ralph had many interests through the years – camping, fishing, woodworking, boating, snowmobiling, motorcycling, hunting, but his total favorite was Smallbore and High Power rifle shooting. He won many Provincial and National Championships throughout Canada and the US. Ralph was proud to shoot a National NRA record in Pennsylvania. He served as President of the Alberta Metallic Silhouette Association for many years, Member of the NRA and Silhouette Rifle Association of Canada. Ralph was always ready to help with anything and anyone at the shooting range, and happy to share his knowledge and experiences of shooting with family and friends.

In his 78 years Ralph served in many church callings – Teacher, Bishop, High Councilor, Stake Clerk, Ward Clerk, Temple ordinance worker, and many others – always ready to serve and share his knowledge of the gospel. He had a wonderful sense of humor, quick wit, and a pleasant personality. He was a friend to all and a judge of no one. Honesty and integrity were only a few of his wonderful qualities. Eleven years ago in December he survived a major heart attack, and was a two year colon cancer survivor. These last two years have been a tremendous struggle for him. He has fought a good fight and will now have the peace and health he so desired. Our family has been so blessed to have him in our lives, and hope to live to make him proud of the eternal legacy he leaves.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday January 6th, 2018, at the CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS Lethbridge Stake Centre – 28th St and Scenic Drive South, with Bishop Joshua Sherwood officiating.

Friends and family are welcome to meet with the family Friday January 5th 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Salmon & Sons Funeral Home – 433 Stubb Ross Road South (Airport entrance), or at the church, prior to the Service Saturday January 6th 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM. There will be a private family interment prior to the Service at the Temple Hill Cemetery, Raymond.

To send a condolence, please visit www.salmonandsons.ca

One Condolence for “OLER, Ralph”

  1. Dwight and Wanda Oler says:

    So sorry for your loss.
    Many happy memories we’re sure.
    We can only imagine how busy he is reuniting with family and friends.

    Thinking of you all.

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