Ralph Spalding Garlinghouse

Ralph Spalding Garlinghouse

Madison Wisconsin / Kauai Hawaii/Ralph Spalding Garlinghouse, age 87 died on Monday, June 2, 2014, surrounded by family and friends at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, WI.

Spalding was born on August 15, 1926 in Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii when Hawaii was a Territory of the United States. His parents were Ralph Leman and Betty Davidson Garlinghouse. His parents were an adventuresome couple first moving to Oahu, Hawaii in 1921 where his father was a civil engineer building roads and infrastructure on the island of Oahu. His parents then moved to Kauai when his father was in charge of building the breakwater in Nawiliwili Harbor and constructing the harbor as the first deep water port on the island. He then became the Chief Engineer for the Lihue Plantation Company for more than 25 years.

Spalding had many fond memories of growing up on Kauai. He graduated from Kauai High School in 1944. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was stationed in Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Mississippi and Illinois. He was discharged in 1946 and enrolled in the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. He was grateful to attend college under the GI Bill and received his BS degree in the School of Business. He then attended law school at the University of Colorado. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. While at the University of Colorado he met the love of his life, Ellen Tarleton Ekman from Batavia, Illinois who had recently transferred to Colorado from Knox College.

Ralph and Ellen were married on March 25, 1951 at the Calvary Episcopal Church in Batavia, Illinois. While living in Colorado, Ralph worked for United Air Lines. In 1954, Spalding accepted a position with Prentice-Hall Publishing Company where he held an executive position for more than 35 years. In 1957 the family moved to Madison, WI. The family lived in the Hill Farms area and then moved to the Parkwood Hills neighborhood where they lived for more than 40 years.

After he retired from Prentice-Hall Company in 1987, he and Ellen spent many years and winters on the island of Kauai and travelling throughout the world. Ralph and Ellen were married 62 years until the death of his beloved wife Ellen on March 24, 2013. Ralph then lived in the family home fully independent, for more than a year, attending every UW Football game, cheering for his Packers, gardening (supplying his close neighbors with an abundance of tomatoes) and spending time with his family.

Spalding is survived by his son, Bruce and wife Patsy, Boulder, CO, granddaughters Jena, San Francisco, CA, Kirsten Garlinghouse, Minneapolis, MN; daughter Anne O Connell and husband, Jim, Monona, WI and grandsons, Brian and Christopher also of Monona, WI; son John and wife Stephanie, Salt Lake City, UT, grandsons John, Salt Lake City, Robert, San Luis Obispo, CA, and Bruce and Brendon, Portland, OR; son Philip and wife Linda and granddaughter Ella Toki of Denver, CO; his close brother Grant W. Garlinghouse and wife Arlys, Littleton, CO. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen Garlinghouse and sister, Nancy Garlinghouse Dochterman, of Richman Virginia.

The family will be taking their father and mother home to the island of Kauai where their remains will be interned and a celebration of their lives will occur.

The family requests that any Donations on behalf of Ralph may be made to Agrace Hospice who provided compassion, quality and excellence during the last few days of his life.

Aloha ‘Oe Family and Friends

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