Ralph Loerwald

12/29/1949 –


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  • Rosary
Date: 12/22/2021
Time: 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm
Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424

  • Funeral Mass
Date: 12/23/2021
Time: 12:30 pm
 – 1:30 pm
Holy Spirit Catholic Church

9821 Frankford Ave, Lubbock, Texas 79424

9821 Frankford Ave, Lubbock, Texas 79424


The family of Ralph Loerwald will gather to recite the Holy Rosary at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Mass will be celebrated in honor of Ralph’s life of 71 years at 12:30 PM on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. We invite you to view the live-streamed service on this page,  sign his virtual guestbook and download his memorial keepsake folder to your device for printing. We also ask you to consider viewing his Life Tribute, a video of photographs set to his favorite music.

Ralph Loerwald, born December 29, 1949, to Gene and Marie Loerwald, will always be remembered for his infectious smile and uplifting personality. Ralph excitedly began his coaching career as a young administrator who began setting up programs for the new Hereford St. Anthony’s PE program which set the course of his life.

During this time, Ralph was attending WTSU where he met and married a young co-ed, Linda Routh of Seminole, Texas. Soon Ralph became a 1974 WT graduate. Then he and Linda began an interesting life of traveling across Texas. They lived and learned about small-town life in several Texas communities. Although coaching was an important part of his life, what really became important were family and Christian values.

The most important Texas town to the couple was Graham. It was here they began their family with their two children Wayne and Megan. Coaching became secondary to being a loving father and husband.

Another community that was significant to this family was Denver City, Texas. This is where their children went to school and graduated. They developed so many lifetime friends that continue to be there for them to this day.

Coach Loerwald was known as a man of great words and of being a strong mentor. He had a positive impact on all who he coached. He tried to teach boys to be men and to know the importance of life and the fact that sports and activities didn’t define who you were; there is a much bigger picture. Many of these young men were referenced by Ralph as Peckerwoods.

After retiring from teaching and coaching, Ralph started his adventure as an Aflac agent in Lubbock. He took pride in taking care of his clients. There were hours upon hours that Linda watched as he helped clients, especially widow ladies– understand and file their policies with no compensation to himself. He did so because he knew people needed help and it was the right thing to do.

Soon after moving to Lubbock Ralph became a grandfather again. It was evident to everyone that “PA” loved each of his grandkids and was known for showing up for every activity they ever participated in or needed help with. He beamed with pride. Pa was an honorary grandfather to many other children as well and cared for them like his own.

Ralph will be missed by his loving wife of 50 years. Linda will cherish the wonderful times they had.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Linda Loerwald; Son, Wayne and his wife Julie Loerwald, daughter, Megan and her husband Chris Espach; grandchildren, Alexandria Roberts, Jaeden Curl, Erica Baker, AJ Espach, JL Espach, Nathan Morales, Ethan Morales, Keegan Martin, Bennett Espach; great-grandchild, Amelia Patrenella.

He is also survived by his brother, Kenny Loerwald, brother, Steve Loerwald, and sister, Chris Artho.

Ralph is proceded in death by his father, Gene Loerwald; mother, Marie Loerwald; brother, Danny Loerwald.

As our hearts are broken, we celebrate that he is home with our Lord!



The family of Ralph Loerwald has designated Lubbock Meals on Wheels and The Nurturing Center for memorial contributions donated in his memory.


Celebration of Life


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