Ralph passed away at the age of 95, on Monday, May 6, 2013. He lived a very full life with his loving wife, Laverne. He was born on December 7, 1917 in Westmore, Illinois to the parents of Fred and Elsie Jaeger. Ralph was born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Upon high school graduation Ralph immediately started working as an apprentice engraver for R. Donnelley & Son in Chicago. With the war going on, he then enlisted into the Army as a Photolithoprapher of to secret material. After the war ended, Ralph opened his own printing company. This business had to end due to a chemical poisoning that adversely affected his skin. He and Laverne and their son, Ralph Jr., moved to Virginia, where he worked as a Supervisor in a printing and engraving company. In 1964, the family moved to Livermore, California, and Ralph started working for San Dia Laboratories. He served as the supervisor of the printing plant for the lab and the Atomic energy commission; he worked with confidential information. In 1969 he and Laverne started a ten year plan and goal for retirement. They had found property on the Umpqua River and began developing the property and building their retirement home with the goal of retiring in 1979. After many trips up Highway 99 from Livermore to Roseburg, they met their goal and retired in 1979 after 42 years, of work.
Besides loving the land and constantly improving his home, he and Laverne “trailered’ with many friends. They went over much of the United States and met and gathered many friends along the way. Ralph loved this time in his life. He was known for being the one who was always prepared for any emergency that might arise and others depended on the Jaegers when a trailer problem occurred. They started a trailer club her in Roseburg in the 1980’s.
In 1999 he and Laverne built another home in Winchester where they have lived since. The last few years of his 34 year retirement became challenging due to health issues and the need for dialysis three times a week.
On June 1 of this year he and Laverne would have been married 73 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two bothers: Alvin and Fred. He is survived by his wife, Laverne; son, J.R. Services will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Saturday May 18, 2013, at 4 p.m.