May 13, 1929 - June 9, 2019
A Celebration of Life will be held for Ralph on July 21, 2019 from 1:30 to 4:30pm. Anyone interested in attending, to remember and honor his life, please join us at Vancouver Elks located at 11605 SE McGillivray Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98683, CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS
Ralph Caterina was born May 13, 1929 in Portland, OR and resided here for his entire life, until his passing on June 9, 2019. He was 90 years of age. He was the son of the late Philip Caterina and Michelina Caterina. He was the brother of the late Marietta Arjavac, and Pete Caterina, 94, who has survived him.
Ralph is also survived by his loving companion, Patricia Generaux: his children, Connie Caterina-Biggs, Cynthia Caterina, Ralph M. Caterina, Jr. (Mike), and Cathy Caterina-Roberts: his step-children, Cindy Roberts and Jeff McShatko: his grandsons, Damien Markley and Chase Caterina: his step-grandsons, Greg and Matthew Roberts: his great-grandchildren, Gabriella, Cordelia, and Deacon Markley: and his nephews, Peter Jon Caterina, and Charles Arjavac.
Ralph attended Parkrose High School and after graduation, he spent 4 years in the Army, serving his country, during the Korean War. He was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas.
Ralph had 3 loving marriages, and it is sad that all of his wives, preceded him in death. They were Ellene Caterina, the mother of his 4 children, Shirley Caterina, and Colleen Caterina, the mother of his 2 step-children. He was lucky enough to spend his last 10 years, or so, with his loving companion, Patty.
Ralph was very involved with his family and community when he was raising his young children, and was PTA President at Pleasant Valley Grade School twice, while his children were enrolled there. He was also an active member in the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
He retired from a career as a union member of the floor covering trades, working with a company from when it first began, Bennett & Williams. Ralph was exceptionally talented with his hands, and could figure out how to fix, or build anything. He was happiest when he was doing a project, for himself or someone else.
Ralph also enjoyed spending time in Palm Springs, CA. at the La Palme Community, where he owned a Condo, and had made many friends.
His passions in life were dancing and owning vintage autos. He was very active over the years with the Ford Early V8 Club, NW Motor Sports, and the Rose City Street Rods. He was a lifetime member of the Elks, spending most of the time with the Gateway Lodge, and then moving to the Vancouver Lodge.
Ralph will be greatly missed by his family and so many friends. We are grateful he enjoyed a long and happy life.