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Ralph Lee Densberger

June 29, 1956 ~ November 27, 2023 (age 67) 67 Years Old
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Ralph Densberger Obituary

Ralph L. Densberger, age 67 of Lincoln, NE (formerly Nebr. City) passed away on November 27, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family.

Ralph Lee Densberger was born on June 29, 1956 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Lincoln, NE; the son of Marvin E. and Phyllis M. (Kempkes) Densberger. He attended school in Malcolm, NE.

On October 27, 1979, he was united in marriage to Cathy Lynn Vollmann at the United Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE.

Ralph grew up farming on his family’s farm. The family then moved to Colorado, where he was a mechanic and firefighter for many years. Most of his stories he would tell started with “In the fire department..…”. In 1993, he began working for F&B Construction in Nebraska City and worked there for some 20 years as a mechanic. Health issues would cause him to retire but would spend time with Ron Hopp at Eagle Motor Works in Elmwood, which turned more into a retirement hobby. They would rebuild older hotrods and reminisce on the old days working on racecars. Racing was his hobby, for example, dropping his wife off on the sidewalk on O street in Lincoln to drag race and then pick her up after he won. He would also help as a pit crew for a few dirt track racers. Ralph truly would help anyone fix anything. As the grandkids would say, “If Papa can’t fix it, nobody can”.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cathy Densberger of Lincoln, NE; Children: Jason Densberger (Lindsey Davis) of Lincoln, NE, Roxanne Densberger of Lincoln, NE, Melissa Rice (Michael) of Lincoln, NEand Jeremie Densberger (Alexis) of Fremont, NE; Eight grandchildren: Aaliyah Densberger, Caydance Densberger, Wesley Michner, Weseley Hansen, Brooke Densberger,  Makenna Vanderveen, Mason Rice and Mylah Rice; one great-grandchild Jaxson Densberger; Siblings: Tony Densberger of Bradenton, FL, David Densberger (Wendy) of Geneva, NE and Rocky Densberger (Vicki) of Talmage, NE; brothers and sisters in law: Herman Vollmann, Jr. of Yankton, SD, Brenda Doty (Mark) of Rifle, CO, Tammy Wynia (John) of Rifle, CO and Cindy Summers (Gary) of Lincoln, NE; other family and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by infant daughter Jessica in 1978, his parents, one grandchild and one great-granddaughter.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2023 at Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City with Pastor Terry Weible officiating.

Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Hospital or the family’s choice.

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Memorial Service
Saturday
December 9, 2023

1:00 PM
Gude Mortuary
403 S. 9th St.
Nebraska City, NE 68410

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