Rudolph (Ralph) Beste, passed away July 23, 2021 at the Melrose nursing home.  He was the son of Ralph and Monica (Miller) Beste, born Oct. 9, 1936, in Kandota Township. He attended country school through sixth grade, then attended Sauk Centre Public Schools grades 7-12, graduating in 1954. 

He worked for Whitney Land Co. 1954-55, Centre Jobbing Co. 1955-70, Standard Oil 1970-84, owned and operated the Corner Bar 1984-92 and 1997-99, loaded route trucks for Interstate Brands Bakery (Wonder Bread) for 10 years, drove transport for Kane Transport and hauled chemicals for UAP. Ralph was a member of the Sauk Centre National Guard from 1954-62 and was a sharpshooter on the rifle team. He was honorably discharged as Staff Sergeant E-6. He served Mass at St. Alexius Catholic Church in West Union from 1946-53. 

He married Elaine Ecklund on Aug. 2, 1958 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sauk Centre.

Ralph loved moose hunting in Canada, elk hunting in Wyoming, deer hunting in Minnesota and fishing in both Minnesota and Canada. He enjoyed snowmobiling, cards, golf and any sports on TV.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine, of almost 63 years of Sauk Centre; nephews Mark (Kim) Fritzlar of Avon and Dave (Lori) Fritzlar of Bloomington; nieces Karen (Chuck) Zimmer of Litchfield, Carol (Mark) Hanson of Sartell and Marilyn Marthaler of Sartell; brothers-in-law, Eugene Ecklund of Moorhead and Raymond Ecklund of Eagle Bend; grandson, Dr. Mark (April) Winters; great-grandchildren, Michael and Sloane Winters of Sauk Centre; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by parents Ralph and Monica (Miller) Beste; grandparents, John and Mary (Vogel) Miller and Anton and Elizabeth (Rademacher) Beste; sister and brother-in-law Blanche (Beste) and Elmer Fritzlar, sister Ila Beste, brother and sister-in-law Duane and Margaret (Lindback) Ecklund, sister and brother-in-law Vera (Ecklund) and Dick Zagar, sister-in-law Essie (Ilgen) Ecklund and her daughter Kim Ecklund, sister-in-law Dorothy (Niehaus) Ecklund and her son Scott Ecklund and her son-in-law, Paul Morlock.

Memorial services will be held at Diamond Point in Sauk Centre to be announced at a later date.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

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