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“Dear Aunt Lois,Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Hold on to the wonderful memories you and Ralph have made together. We love you.God Bless...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Sheila Breske - Eagle, WI

“Dr Gage was our family physician in Kimberly. I remember him as a kind, friendly and happy man. He helped us through numerous illnesses, stitched us...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: Laura Dictus Tews - Ellington, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad news about your Dad. Prayers are being said for the whole family. ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Sue Kozlovsky - Appleton, WI

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time of loss. May God's blessings, peace and love be with you.Chaplain Netty ”
4 of 23 | Posted by: Annette Johnson - Appleton, WI

“I just heard of the passing of Dr. Gage. I'm so sorry for your loss, I remember going to your house and playing with Babe our mothers were very close...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: Therese

“I had the honor of working with Dr. Gage when he volunteered his time at Valley Packaging, coming every week and touching the lives of every person...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Debra Treu - Freedom, WI

“I remember having my first physical by Dr. Gage upon starting work at the Kimberly Mill & how nervous & scared I was! Dr. Gage with his kind &...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Ruthie Weber - Little Chute, WI

“My condolences to Mike and Mary Gage and family. May the wonderful memories ease some of the pain and bring smiles as you think of him in the future. ”
8 of 23 | Posted by: Sharon Harkins - Minocqua, WI

“Mike,Mary, and Family, We are sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Like many of us in Kimberly he was my physician from my birth until his...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: Dave and Jayne Smits

“I had the pleasure of knowing Dr. Ralph while he volunteered at VPI. What a wonderful man. Bless his family with many lovely memories. Maggie...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: Maggie Streed - Howard, WI

“Our beloved family doctor, neighbor, and friend... We have so many fond memories of Dr Gage being there for the Tourville calls,...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Michelle Tourville

“Doc was a good man, we were lucky to have him. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Dan Justdantanks - Chapleau, ON

“Remembering Doc Gage with such fond memories. He will be missed. Love & hugs to the whole family.Cathy ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Many memories with Dr Gage, my deepest sympathies to the family, especially Kathy who was a classmate and friend in the day. May our Lord give you...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Darlene Parks ( Meier) - Neenah, WI

“Mike and Mary,Condolences with the passing of your father, I didn't have the pleasure of knowing your father however in reading his obituary he lived...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Exceptional man that Lived a Long prosperious Life and had a great Family. Dr and Joy were like serogate parents to me during my younger years. ...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Jeff Locy

“My deepest condolences to the Dr's wife and family.???? He will truly be missed by many people. Kathryn (Roskom) Greening from Kimberly. My parents...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Kathryn Roskom Greening

“Mike & Mary: Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers that you feel Our Lord's Presence as you walk this difficult path....Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Gerry & Lois (Mader) Loos - WI

“My prayers and deepest sympathy. I will remember my many visits to the Kimberly office as I was growing up. It was an honor to have him as my doctor....Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Patricia Bacon - Green Bay, WI

“Memory Eternal Doc Gage. Sorry for making my appearance a few days early and making you work on your birthday back in 1960. Memories of you and dad...Read More »
20 of 23 | Posted by: Ann Kaseno - Hobart, WI

“Thank you for your service to our country. May you rest in peace. ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: A friend

“Sorry for your loss. I remember Dr Gage from many visits to his office. I cannot believe my wife and I just two days ago discussed my many visits for...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Joe Keyzers

“There are people in your life who leave impressions on your soul. Uncle Ralph is one of those people. He quietly taught while using few words and...Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: Jon Marchuk

Ralph Gage, age 93, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 20, 2017. Ralph was born to Roscoe T. and Augusta (Olander) Gage on March 12, 1924, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. His five older siblings were all born at the family home at 420 W. Fifth Street in the Old Third Ward. Ralph was a proud member of Appleton High School’s class of 1942. He represented the class at Badger Boys State, ran for Governor and spoke at his high school commencement. Ralph enrolled in pre-med studies at Marquette University. He continued his medical studies while serving in the United States Naval Reserve at Lawrence College and Great Lakes Naval Hospital. Ralph answered a second call to serve his country during the Korean War and served in the Army Air Force while assigned to Langley Air Base near Newport News, Virginia. His service as a medical officer left him with a deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by those with whom he served. After his time in the reserves, he continued his medical studies at Marquette and then served as an intern at St. Elizabeth Hospital. In 1948, he joined Dr. Don Curtin in a general medical practice. 1948 was also the year he married Mary Joye Hostetter of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. They enjoyed over 50 years together raising their four children and playing tennis with their friends and neighbors until her passing in 1999. Except during his second period of military service, he worked primarily out of the office on Kimberly Avenue until 1985 when he retired. His first office was above Hammen’s Bar in Little Chute. During his 31 years of practice in the Valley, he delivered over 3000 babies. Doc enjoyed his partnerships with Don Curtin and Bill Knoedler in the Kimberly office and a long time association with Dr. Frank Van Lieshout in Little Chute. His service to the community included about 10 years on the Kimberly School Board, two terms as Chief of Staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital, a term as President of the County Medical Society, Village Health Officer for 21 years, and team physician at Kimberly High School for 25 years. He immensely enjoyed his association with the great Papermaker teams and his friendship with their coaches including Gil Frank, Jim Nirschl, Jim Koehn, and many others. As a result of this commitment, he has a place in the Kimberly Athletic Hall of Fame. Ralph retired from medical practice in 1985 but continued to be of service. He volunteered for over 25 years as a mentor at the Sheltered Workshop programs on Brewster Street in Appleton. He also volunteered with the Hospice Program at Affinity Health and gently guided numerous persons during their final months on earth. Ralph is survived by his wife Lois Gage. Lois and Ralph were married October 13, 2001, and she brought great joy and companionship to his later years. Ralph is also survived by his children Michael (Mary) Gage of Appleton; James (Sue) Gage of Cincinnati, Ohio; Patrick (Barbara) Gage of Waunakee, Wisconsin, and Kathy (Ben) Van Hout of Maple Bluff, Wisconsin. Ralph was very proud of his grandchildren: Mike and Mary’s children: Sam (Renee), Nick, and Anna Gage (Anthony Avallone); Jim and Sue’s children: Jennifer Gage, Max (Yen) Gage, Heidi (Greg) Swarthout, and Lisa (Mike) Regalado; Pat and Barb’s children: Ryan and Sonja Gage; and Babe and Ben’s children Zachary, Aja, and Harrison Van Hout. Ralph also delighted in his ten great-grandsons: Austin Gage and Cody Gage-Brown; Brady, Mac, Knox, and Rhys Gage; Marvin, Carter, and Keegan Swarthout; Layton Gage; and great-granddaughter, Juno Regalado. He is also survived by his sister-in-law: Arlene Gage, of Appleton, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his six siblings: Olive Gage, Fr. Aloysius Gage, S.J., Bernice Gage, Larry Gage, Harry Gage, and Joan Marchuk and her husband Wes. Ralph shared his dedication to work and family generously and in an unassuming way. He loved simple pleasures in life like telling stories with family and friends and playing games of tennis, golf, and cards. He had a natural sense of proportion and humor that was enjoyed by all. He liked to keep score of card games and tended to win when he did. He will be deeply missed. The funeral liturgy for Ralph will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, July 28, 2017 at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 410 W. Lawrence Street in Appleton with Fr. Jim Leary, OFM Cap. officiating. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Jansen Fargo Funeral Home, 204 E. Kimberly Avenue in Kimberly on Thursday, July 27, after 4:00 PM. Visitation will conclude on Thursday evening with a prayer service at 7:00 PM, and will resume at church on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. Interment will take place in Holy Name Cemetery, Kimberly. In lieu of flowers, a memorial in Ralph’s name has been established for St. Joseph Parish. For more information or to share a memory of Ralph, please visit The family would like to thank and acknowledge Affinity Hospice Services, St. Paul Home, and Dr. Wright and Dr. Kohl and their staffs at St. Elizabeth Hospital for the care they provided.