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Ralph E. Mahalak

February 14, 1940 – June 6, 2017


MahalakRalph Earl Mahalak died June 6, 2017 peacefully surrounded by his loving family at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina at the age of 77.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane; five children, Ralph (Joan) of Monroe, Mike (Janine) of Winter Haven Fl, JP (Joanie) of Monroe, Monica (Mike Hovart) of Greenville SC ,and Alex (Krista) of Winter Haven Fl; 13 grandchildren; and sister Betty Mahalak of Wyandotte, MI. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph & Eva (Liptow), and sisters Eleanor Groat and Charlene Mallow.

Born February 14, 1940 in Wyandotte, agraduate of St. Patrick’s High School, he married his elementary school sweetheart, Jane Navarre on October 29th, 1960 in Wyandotte. He was the founder of Monroe Dodge on Front St. in 1966 and founder of Dodge of Winter Haven Florida in 1991. The couple resided in Monroe, MI in 1966 raising their five children teaching them about the auto industry and incorporating those lessons into the successful family business it is today. Ralph & Jane semi-retired to Lighthouse Point, FL in 1985 enjoying Southern Florida living before recently moving to Greenville, SC to be close to their daughter Monica and her family.

Ralph “Senior”was loved by all who knew him and was well respected in the auto industry. His children remember him as a kind, generous, driven father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. He was a loyal person, gruff at times, very witty, and a dedicated individual who loved his family and was especially passionate about supporting his children and grandchildren’s education. He was also an active and dedicated member of St. John’s Parish, a former member at Monroe Golf and Country Club and other clubs. He was also a former Chair of the Monroe Auto Dealers Association, director of the Michigan Auto Dealers Association, and a member of the National Auto Dealers Association and the NADA 20 Group member. Ralph generously donated his resources to countless charities and organizations throughout his life. He especially enjoyed boating, fishing, and NASCAR, but most importantly spending time with his wife, family, friends and his dog Samantha. Although Ralph became an extremely successful business man he never forgot where he came from, always humble and thankful for the many things he had achieved.

Family and friends may visit from 12 – 2 p.m. and 4 – 8 p.m. Monday at Rupp Funeral Home (2345 South Custer Road Monroe, MI 48161) where a Scripture Service will be led by Deacon Mike Stewart at 5 O’clock. Ralph will lie in state at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Mass of the Resurrection celebrating his life will begin at 11:00 a.m. Fathers Terry Kerner and Jim Smalarz will concelebrate the ceremony with a reception to follow at Monroe Golf & Country Club. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ralph’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Monroe County Community Foundation at 28 S. Macomb St. Monroe,MI 48161. The family would like to thank the caregivers and hospital staff at St. Francis in Greenville, SC for their efforts, care, and dedication.

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10 Responses to Ralph E. Mahalak

  • Judy & Gary Weise says:

    Thoughts, memories & prayers to you & your family! ❤️

  • Ronald Brown aka RJ says:

    My interests in working on cars started at Monroe Dodge. I met Ralph Senior and his wife Jane at the annual Christmas party. I am glad to have worked for such a great family. Ralph and his boys always treated people like family. Sending prayers and good thoughts to the family.

  • On behalf of the Board and staff of the Community Foundation of Monroe County we would like to express our sincere sympathy on your loss. Please know that Ralph Sr. and the Mahalak family are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, The Community Foundation of Monroe County

  • Jane, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Both John and I have such great memories of Ralph all through grade school and high school, too!..So many fun times for sure! God Bless!

  • Tony Marino says:

    Sending our sincerest sympathy and condolences…

    Tony Marino (Marino’s Lawn Care)

  • Ronald Brown aka RJ says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the family. Mr. Mahalak was a well loved man and a great person all around.

  • Greg, Margaret and Deborah(Perry) McBride says:

    Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek at this most difficult time.

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  • Gina Korn (Marino) says:

    Mrs. Mahalak, Ralph, Mike, JP, Monica and Alex,

    Sending love and prayers to all of you during this time. So sad I cannot be there to help celebrate Ralph’s life with you all. Please know that I will be thinking of you and praying for you in the days ahead.


  • Rosemary Broughton says:

    My condolences to Jane and the family, from a classmate of St. Patrick’s High School, 1958

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