Ralph Zauner, 78, but usually acting like a teenager, passed away Sept. 8, 2023 in Casper, WY. He was born Jan. 14, 1945 to Georg and Harriet Zauner in Richmond, MI. A jack of all trades, but master of some, he led an interesting life. He told stories of his youth often, including being given a trunk on his 19th birthday from his mother, then joining the circus for a while, and working in the Ohio oil field for a very short amount of time. He was interested in and worked with ham radios (N7CSO), worked in radio shops (including Hathaway Electronics in Casper), owned a burlesque theatre in Kansas City, MO, managed theatres for Commonwealth, then later United Artists in KC, MO, Cheyenne, and Casper. He delivered and set up satellite dishes across Wyoming. Ralph worked for KTWO radio and other radio stations. He owned and operated toy/nick knack shops in Cheyenne and Rapid City, SD. He also had side hustles that could make a little extra cash on the side here and there, along with being able to trade stuff for other stuff that only he seemed to find value in. In retirement, Ralph continued with his Ham radio usage and liked to build and fly kites.
He was married to Janet Burke in 1967, and had his sons, Ralph and Eric. They later divorced.
In 1985, he married the love of his life, Connie Muir. Together, they helped raise his boys. They ran movie theatres, (the Mile High Drive In, Terrace Drive In and the Beverly Twin Cinema). They traveled, they saw things, went to craft fairs and shows with their blow-up slides and bounce houses, and had fun doing it. They loved their hairy doorbells. They moved back to Casper from Cheyenne recently to be closer to family and friends.
Ralph is survived by his wife and best friend of 38 years, Connie, his sons; Ralph G. (Jennifer) of Casper and Eric J. (Tawna) San Antonio, TX, his brothers; Al (Donna) Macomb, MI, and George (Pam) of Casco, MI, along with his 3 grandchildren Heather, Laura and Joseph all of San Antonio, longtime friends of almost 50 years Blob, Mike Reed from Rawlins, and many others too numerous to name that he has met along his interesting journey of life.
The family would like to thank all the staff and residents at Casper Mountain Rehab and Care Center for the care and friendship, and the nurses and aides at the Wyoming Medical Center for the care in his final days. Without nurses and aides, our time at the end would be very difficult.
Per his request, no services will be held and cremation will take place. In his memory, see a movie on the big screen and sit in the middle for the best sound.
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