Ralph C. Van Daele, age 81, died January 26, 2019 at home from complications of Cancer. He was born in Helena. He was the youngest of seven children born July 28, 1937 to Mary and Andrew Van Daele.
His first job was working with Eddie Barbeau at Avalanche Kennels. Later he served in the Army Infantry stationed in Alaska. Following his Military Service, he was employed by the Federal Reserve in Helena as their first Computer Programmer. He was employed 21 years at the Federal Reserve.
He was married and he and his wife Judy had four children.
When he retired from Federal Reserve he became self-employed as “The Best Damn Handyman around”. He was instrumental in setting up the water system for the MacHaffie site, working with archeologists. He was always tinkering and repairing things like antique cars. His whole garage was filled with motors that he was always fixing. As his daughter said he was a true renaissance man. He was always available to help others anytime night or day. He was just a phone call away.
He was a devout Catholic. He was an Usher at the St. Helena Cathedral. He was in charge of the Offerings and welcomed new members.
Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Andrew Van Daele, siblings, Bea Hash, Howard Sarbu, Irma McGill, Andy “Ned” Van Daele, Kenny Van Daele.
Ralph is survived by children Tresa, Clayton, Donald, Damon; Grandchildren, Tyzer Cady, Amber, Arial and Camus Van Daele; one sister Wilma and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friend Joy Park and her family. Special thanks to his many long-time friends Greg Gardner, John Finstad and family, Jamie Near, Pam Bompart, Ed Mohler and many more.
No services are planned at this time