Reverend Ralph Burton Belin, 87, Chaska, died Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the Chapelview Care Center in Hopkins.
He was born February 16, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Frank and Emma Carlson Belin, who preceded him in death.
He graduated from Patrick Henry High School and enlisted in the US Air Force. Ralph became a pilot with the Airborne Troop Carrier Division, obtaining the rank of Captain. Following his discharge, he continued serving in the reserves and the Civil Air Patrol.
On August 30, 1952 he married Yvonne Anderson. After his military service, he attended the Lutheran Bible Institute, Gustavus Adolphus College and Augustana Seminary - now Lutheran School of Theology. Ralph was ordained into the Holy ministry June l7, l956. He served the parishes of Tabor Lutheran, Strandburg, SD; Elim Lutheran, Robbinsdale, MN; Christ Lutheran, Maple Plain, MN; Vasa Lutheran, Vasa, MN and Augustana Lutheran, Clarkfield, MN. He retired from active ministry December l987 when he became a member of Crown of Glory Lutheran Church in Chaska, MN.
In addition to parish ministry he served on many committees of the Minnesota Synod, establishing new congregations and stewardship. For the last three and a half years he has been a resident at Augustana Chapel View nursing Home.
Ralph had a love for traveling. He and Yvonne visited all fifty states, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan, Korea and the Holy Land. He enjoyed visiting family, friends and meeting new people. He was especially proud of his six grandchildren.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Yvonne of Chaska; children, Kristine (Jonathon) Cooper of St. Charles, IL, Philip (Barbara) Belin of Little Canada and Lisa (Timothy) Foecke of Damascus, MD; grandchildren, David and Sarah Cooper, Benjamin and Matthew Belin and Kimberly and Karen Foecke.
Funeral service was Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Vasa Lutheran Church with Reverends Matthew Bersagel and Kristi Mitchell officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Jussi Bjorling Music Scholarship at the Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN.
Funeral arrangements by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel.