RALPH JOHN KELLNERRalph John Kellner, 79 of Duluth, passed away May 25, 2013 at Solvay Hospice House.
Ralph John Kellner, 79 of Duluth, passed away May 25, 2013 at Solvay Hospice House.
Ralph attended Pratt Institute Art School in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a B.F.A in commercial art. After graduation he spent 18 months in Korea in the Army Transportation Corps.
Shortly after returning to the United States he married Mary Kelly, a fellow graduate of Pratt. He started his career in commercial art in the art departments of various companies. He eventually started his own art studio servicing such clients as Dun & Bradstreet, Yankee Stadium, The New York Times, Blue Cross Blue Shield, the Municipal Assistance Corporation of New York and many others.
His time in the army opened his eyes to the many problems in the United States and the world. He belonged to a political club in Brooklyn, N.Y. After seeing their problems he wrote a book on the democratic process called The Perfect Citizen.
He and his wife moved from the east coast to Duluth in 2005 to be closer to his son Paul and his family. He made many friends in local art groups, but mainly he enjoyed heated political conversations.
Ralph was preceded in death by his father and mother. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Mary, his brother Lester, sons Eric (Kathy) and Paul (Deb); four grandchildren, Lauren, Ryan, Jack and Owen.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to St. Luke's Hospice and Solvay Hospice House for their kindness and loving care devoted to him during his final days.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 2013 in Peace Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. East. Visitation one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow.
Comments posted on this page do not reflect opinions of Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Company does not endorse and is not responsible for any statement, opinion, advice given or made. All replies are subject to approval and must follow Forum Communications Company guidelines concerning statements of libel, personal attacks or defamation of character. Replies in the "Talk About It" section that criticize a person by name may not be posted, unless that person is openly involved in a public issue. Comments written in all capital letters or bold print will not be considered for inclusion in the forum.