Ralph P. Malsam

Ralph P Malsam

June 3, 1934- August 16, 2022

Wenatchee, Washington

Ralph P Malsam, age 88, passed away on August 16, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. He was born in Golden Valley North Dakota and later the family moved to Halliday North Dakota.

After high school, he joined the navy and spent the next four years as a machinist on aircraft carriers. He attended college in Bottineau North Dakota, then transferred to Utah State from where he graduated in 1962, and took his first job with the Federal Fish and Wildlife in Arizona. While there he had the honor of being chosen to attend one-year schooling in Cortland New York, affiliated with Cornell University. After completing this a couple more moves were made. He then became the regional biologist that covered four different states. The lab was in Springville Utah. After two years of traveling, he transitioned to the management of the Springville Hatchery and held that position until retirement from the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

Ralph loved old cars, traveling, and most of all his family. Ralph is survived by his wife Janet, three children Douglas Malsam (Lynn deceased), Dean Malsam (Kelly), Debbie McMahon (Dwayne), four granddaughters Megan, Seneca, Kinna, and Taylor, and three great-grandsons Waylon, Westin, Daniel, and two sisters Theresa Wasem and RoseMary Vranna.

A memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran in Cashmere on September 24 at 11:00 am.

Inurnment will be held at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan, North Dakota on September 30, 2022, at 3:00 pm central time with the Mandan Honor Guard providing Military Honors.

Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel East Wenatchee.


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