Ralph H. Rosencrantz

Family services for Ralph H. Rosencrantz, 93, Lawrence will be held at a later date. He passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

He was born December 28, 1921 in St. Edward, NE the son of Frank C. and Oma (Harris) Rosencrantz.

He graduated from Arkansas City, KS High School and went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from Southwestern College in Winfield, KS.

He served his country in the United States Coast Guard during WW II as a Seaman 1st Class.

He was a member of the First Christian Church and was a member of Dorsey-Liberty Post #14 – American Legion.

Ralph enjoyed reading, playing cards, gardening and raising tomatoes, walking, and dining out with family and friends.

He worked for Farmland Industries for 29 years, retiring in 1983.

He married Montie Marie Brunson July 30, 1950 in Arkansas City, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include one daughter, Ruth Ann (Stephen) Byrd, Kansas City, MO; two sons, David W. (Kathleen) Rosencrantz, Boise, ID, Daniel F. (Yvonne) Rosencrantz, Westwood, KS; three grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Irene Ronsick and Frances Ruff.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the First Christian Church and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

14 Condolences

  1. Brad & Janet Forbes Harsha on January 24, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Ann, Dan, and David,
    Please know how saddened we are to hear of the passing of your sweet Dad. He and your Mother were such wonderful friends to my parents … especially to Mom (Sue Forbes) over the past years. We are praying for your Mom as she deals with her loss … as well as all of you. May God’s peace and comfort carry you through the days ahead just as He has done for us in the loss of our sweet Mom this past month.

  2. Randal Carnagie on January 24, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Dear Family,
    Although I did not work for Ralph very long at Farmland(1976-1978)he made a lasting impression on me.He was the best man I have ever worked for.He was kind and fair and treated people with respect.I have never forgotten him and the way he treated me,he was a great person.Im very sorry to hear of his passing.

    In deepest sympathy
    Randal Carnagie

  3. Brian and Sheryl Simmons on January 24, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Dear Rosencrantz Family,
    Brian and I are so sorry to hear about the passing of Ralph. Our family holds many fond memories of Ralph through the years we all lived on Maine Court. He was such a kind man and a wonderful neighbor. Please know that we are keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers and hope this brings you comfort.
    God Bless You.
    Brian and Sheryl Simmons
    Sean Simmons and Kelly Bohling

  4. Jill Holzmeister Patton on January 24, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Ann, Montie and family-
    I am sorry to hear about the passing of Ralph. I have wonderful memories of growing up with the Rosencrantz family. Ralph always provided humor and wisdom during our teenage years. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.
    Much Love,
    Jill Holzmeister Patton

  5. Kristen Hite on January 24, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Dear Montie, Ann, Dan, and David-
    I know I am not alone in saying that I smile whenever I think about Ralph Rosencrantz. He was an amazing man- he was regarded with respect and affection by everyone he touched. I am grateful that he was a part of my childhood. Love to all of you- Kristen Bays Hite

  6. Rick & Glenna Edmonds on January 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Deepest sympathy. May you all find comfort and peace. We lived across the street from Montie and Ralph for several years and knew them as close friends of my parents Harold & Arlene Edmonds. Thinking of all, sending our prayers.

  7. Julie Dahl and Kenny Anderson on January 25, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Dear Dave, Dan, and Ann,
    I am so glad to have known your father. His visit here when Dave and Kathy got married was very memorable and I loved going to Lawrence and staying in their home and getting to know both your father and mother even better. I will be always grateful for that experience and the time spent there. He was a kind, inquisitive man who really seemed to care about other people and their life stories. I will think about him often. Julie

  8. Jim Woelfel on January 25, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Dear Montie,

    It’s been many years since I’ve seen you and Ralph, but I want to join with others in offering my condolences to you and mourning his passing. I have lovely memories of those years when you were the librarian in Smith Hall, years when I also made Ralph’s acquaintance at the wonderful staff parties you and Phyllis Floyd used to host. I remember his liveliness, warmth, and smile, and always enjoyed seeing him. He lived a long life made full and rich by your companionship and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Jim Woelfel

  9. Marcia Newby on January 25, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Dear David, Dan and Ann,
    I was so sorry to hear that your Dad, Uncle Ralph, had passed while I was talking with my Mom yesterday. Ralph was such a thoughtful, kind, loving, funny and caring Uncle to me and I will always remember him. Ralph helped me to acquire my love for baseball as he, my Dad, and Dan and I went to a baseball game at the old Bush stadium when I was 8 years old. I have loved the St Louis Cardinal Baseball Team ever since. I can still remember that during that game the Cardinals played the S. F. Giants with Willie Mays (1966) and the Cardinals won. I also have enjoyed talking with Ralph each year on his birthday, December 28th. I decided to call him back in 2000 since my own Dad, Henry Brunson, had passed away that June and Ralph and my Dad were both born December 28th. I have enjoyed talking with Ralph each year ever since for his birthday, and I am so happy that I talked with him during his birthday December 28th 2014. On that day, Ralph was just as positive, caring, funny and a good listener to what I said, as he always had. I send you all my sincere wishes of sympathy at this time. I will miss your Dad very much!

    Marcia Newby

  10. Craig and Leslie Durham on January 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Ann and family,

    Very saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. He was a man of extraordinary kindness and rare wit; an unforgettable person whose legacy will live on through the lives he touched. He certainly left an impact on mine.

    You are in our thoughts.


  11. Angela Rosencrantz on February 6, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Dear Rosencrantz Family,
    I am sorry for your loss. I would have like to have known him. I am a descendant of Anthony Rosencrantz. I live in the Stuttgart, AR area. Ralph’s grandmother is buried in the Lone Tree Cemetery at Stuttgart. I am having the base of the tombstone repaired. There is a photograph of Ralph’s father Franklin C. Rosencrantz hanging in the lobby of Stuttgart High School. I teach art in the public school system.
    Angela Rosencrantz

  12. Dora Bishop Orvin on June 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    My childhood was partially spent in Nebraska along with other Rosencrantz families. Ralph was the oldest and I was the youngest.
    My mother and his father were brother and sister. I am sad to hear
    of his passing. A few years ago we sort of had a family reunion at
    his and Monte’s house. I remember him as a kind and gentle man.
    My heart goes out to his family and Monte. I just heard about his death today.

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  14. Steve and Linda Ruff on April 26, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    David, Dan, Ann, Aunt Montie,

    I am so sorry to hear about Uncle Ralph passing. A man with such an even temperament never existed before and probably won’t again. I am saddened we didn’t hear of this sooner as we would have certainly come to pay our respects to him and the family. We were able to visit on several occasions and I always came away feeling better. Such was his effect on others. Our prayers are with you all.

    Steve and Linda Ruff

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