Ralph M. Vlcek
Nov. 18, 1942 – April 14, 2019
Ralph Marlen Vlcek of Niantic, Connecticut, a retired lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy, passed away peacefully at his home on April 14, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 18, 1942, in Beatrice, the son of William L. and Anna C. (Sokolik) Vlcek. He enlisted in the Navy in May 1961 upon his graduation from Wilber High School and entered the submarine service.
Following his retirement from the Navy in 1983 at the rank of lieutenant commander, he worked for Analysis and Technology, Tracor Applied Sciences and DDL OMNI Engineering, where he was the vice president of the Engineering Services Division before his retirement in 2017. He was an avid reader, a handyman who could fix anything and a season ticketholder of the WNBA Connecticut Sun and UConn women’s basketball teams.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judith (Vara) Vlcek; his daughters, Angela Davol and her husband, Roderick Jr., of East Providence, Rhode Island, Judith Cloherty and her husband, James, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and Terri White and her husband, Jonathan, of East Lyme, Connecticut; his grandchildren, Michael, Jason and Samantha Davol, Matthew and Bryan Cloherty, and Rachel and Sarah White; his siblings, Willma Zavadil of Lincoln and Lloyd Vlcek of Florida; brother-in-law, Samuel Vara Jr. of Niantic.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, John.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held April 22 in St. Agnes Church in Niantic, Connecticut. Burial with military honors followed in St. Mary Cemetery in New London. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to Hospice of SECT, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360 or www.hospicesect.org/donate. Condolences may be sent to the family through Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home in Niantic, Connecticut.