28, 2008. Earlier this year, Ralph was diagnosed with cancer and fought the disease courageously until passing away peacefully on Thursday, August 12, 2010, at the age of 77. Ralph was a longtime member of the Bethany Lutheran Church in Bergen. He also was member of the Sons of Norway (he was very proud of his Norwegian Heritage), the Bergen Brotherhood and American Legion Post 206. He had many enjoyments in life which included taking care of the Bergen Brotherhood Park, bowling, horseshoes, playing fast pitch softball, taking his wife to parades, his cats and dogs, news channels and politics, nightly bowl of ice cream and most of all his family, who he loved and enjoyed very much. Ralph is survived by his four sons, Roger Elness and his wife, Jenny, of St. James; Terry Elness and his wife, Marla, of Sauk Rapids; Daren Elness of Bergen; Joel Elness and his wife, Jodi, of Sartell; six grandchildren, Drew, Hailey, Kelly, Alex, Macy and Tyler; two brothers and one sister, Richard Elness and his wife, Doris, of Windom; Arlene Flynn of Worthington; Kenneth Elness and his wife, Dorothy, of Windom; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Barb Elness; brother-in-laws, Delmar Johnson and Dave Flynn. Blessed be the memory of Ralph H. Elness.