Ralph Gargano, 90, of Longview, WA and formerly of Wenatchee, WA, died on December 4, 2013. Ralph was born to Oriozio and Lucy Gargano in Spokane, WA. He worked as a shoe repairman and shoemaker for many years, working in the Wenatchee Valley at Neal’s Shoes. Ralph was an expert at specialty shoes, even remaking shoes for the disabled and performers in Las Vegas, where he lived and worked for many years. In 1974, Ralph married Dolores, who survives him at home. Ralph enjoyed wood working, antique cars and his time with his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Dolores, he is survived by a son, John Gargano; three step-sons, Jerry, Bob and Dennis Reid; a daughter, Yvonne Gargano; a step-daughter, Gloria Kandle; 12 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Heritage Bible Church in Cathlamet, WA on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., with a Graveside Committal to follow at Fern Hill Cemetery in Skamokawa, WA. Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.