G. Kann, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on April 6, 2011. He was 89
years old just one month shy of his 90th birthday. Ralph was born in
Santa Cruz and resided there for the rest of his life. Ralph was
preceded in death by his parents, Ralph G., Sr., Louise Mohring Kann and
his three sisters: Georgianna [Doddie] Knopf, Selma [Sally] Cavender,
Wilma [Willie] Weeks, brother-in-law George Cavender and dear family
friend Cristobal Sana. He will be dearly missed by his beloved wife
Miriam Votaw Kann, brothers-in-law Robert Knopf, Robert Weeks, numerous
nieces and nephews, their families and many friends.
Graduating from Santa Cruz High School in 1939, Ralph enlisted in the United States Army/ AirForce. He graduated from the AirForce Advanced Flying Class of 1943
in Luke Field, Arizona. Ralph then served as a pilot of C-47 transport
planes in the Aleutian Islands. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying
Cross, Asiatic Pacific Service and American Campaign Medals for his
service to his country and was discharged as a Major in 1946. For the
next 35 years he was a pilot for Southwest/Hughes Airwest Airlines,
retiring 1981. It was while he was working for the airlines that he met
the love of his life Miriam and they were married in 1967.
Ralph was honored by the Santa Cruz Old Timer Association as their
Santa Cruz Old Timer of the Year for his commitment and service to the
Graveside services will be conducted at Santa Cruz Memorial,
1927 Ocean Street on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 10:30 when military
honors will be conferred.
The family would like to extend their
heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to Ralph's caregivers, Peachy and
Arnel Bien, for their 2 years of special care. And to Hospice of Santa
Cruz County for their care in the last month of his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations Hospice of Santa Cruz County or to your favorite charity would be appreciated.