Ralph R. Gonzalez

Ralph R. Gonzalez

Ralph R. Gonzalez, of Alliance, passed away at his home Saturday, May 6, 2017, with his family by his side. He was 69.Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Bates-Gould Chapel in Alliance with Father Roy Pasala officiating. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery.Ralph was born Oct. 24, 1947, in Alliance, Neb., to Fred and Patrocina Gonzalez.Ralph had numerous accomplishments in his life, including many as a long-time employee for UPS. He was a member of the UPS Circle of Honor, and he received a 40-year award from UPS for his faithful service. He received many other awards from UPS.In addition, he received a Chamber of Commerce Award from Gordon for his many years of service to the community. He also received the Gordon Lions Club Award for Outstanding Cheerful Service in the Community as a representative for the United Parcel Service. He delivered packages to Gordon, Rushville, Hay Springs, and parts of South Dakota.Ralph was also a very accomplished musician, entertaining people since he was 15 years old. He was a very talented tenor and alto saxophone player. He played with numerous bands in 1960 and toured the Midwest.In 1965, he played in a band called “The Tryb” with musicians from Gordon. He then started his own band called “Sounds Unlimited.” He later played with the band “Drivin’ Dynamics” for 10 years. He played with some of the best R&B bands in the Midwest during his life. The last band he played in was called “Brown Sugar.” He retired from “Brown Sugar” in 2012.During his musical career, Ralph also toured the Pacific Coast, playing with top session musicians out of the Los Angeles, Calif., area. He was even offered a chance to play in the 1970’s rock band “Blood, Sweat and Tears,” and “Shadows of Night” from the late 1960’s. After he came back to Nebraska, he recorded and performed with numerous jazz and R&B bands. One of his later bands, “Crosswinds,” was a variety music group in which Ralph excelled at playing any style of music. He was a professional at his craft.Ralph’s son, Spencer, is himself one of the finest accomplished guitarists that there is, following in his father’s footsteps.Ralph had many friends as well as confidantes. He was well liked by everyone who knew him. He was always willing to help anyone.Ralph is survived by his beloved wife, Florence, of 51 years; sons Ralph Gonzalez Jr., of Omaha, and Spencer (Linda) Gonzalez, of Alliance; daughters Julianne (Jeff) Fielder, of Scottsbluff, and Jill Gonzalez, of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren Kevin and Brent Galinsky, and Stephanie and Zachary Fielder; and great-grandson Michael Galinsky.Memorials may be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Online condolences may be left at www.batesgould.com. Bates-Gould Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

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