Ralph Charles Hellebuyck Sr, 79, of Lapeer, formerly of New Baltimore, MI, passed away on December 27, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 26, 1944, in Mount Clemens, MI. Ralph graduated from Anchor Bay High School in 1962, where he excelled in mathematics and sports. He was part of the varsity club, played football, baseball, basketball, track as well as junior class president. In 1964, he married the love of his life, Diane Lynn Hassig. Ralph ran his own drywall business and later a manufacturing company he operated for over 18 years with his wife. Retired since 1996, Ralph enjoyed spending time with his family and in particular, spoiling his grandkids Zachary and Ruby. His hobbies included trap shooting, collecting vintage ammunition, attending gun shows, watching sports, playing cards, traveling and spending winters in warm Florida. He also was an excellent cook and enjoyed having conversations with people, even those he just met. Ralph had many life stories he shared and told with such flair that he would captivate the entire room.

Ralph is survived by his son, Ralph Jr. (Shayne) of Attica, MI; grandchildren, Zachary and Ruby; sister-in-law, Marilyn (Ben) D’Anna; nephew Wil (Kayla) D’Anna; siblings, Jim, Margaret, Kenny, Ronnie, Corky; and 56 additional nieces and nephews.

In 1999, Ralph was preceded in death by his beloved and dearly missed wife of 35 years, Diane. Now they are together again. Also his siblings, Shirley, Bill, Donna, Carole, and Frank.

Friends may visit on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, from 2-7 p.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors-Capstick Chapel in Lapeer.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 11 a.m. at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors-Capstick Chapel in Lapeer. Pastor Russ Sommer will officiate. Ralph will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery in New Baltimore.

Memorial donations ma be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.