Friday, October 22, 2004

Ralph Weiskittel, 80, former Enquirer editor

Also Ft. Wright councilman, real estate exec

By Rebecca Goodman
Enquirer staff writer

FORT WRIGHT - A former Enquirer business editor and city councilman here, Ralph Weiskittel died Wednesday of lung cancer at St. Charles Care Center in Covington. The Fort Wright resident was 80.

Several members of his family worked for the Enquirer, dating to 1870 - including his grandfather, Henry Weiskittel, and his father, Nelson, who was a pressman. His brother, Robert, worked in the display advertising department.

Born in Covington in 1924, Mr. Weiskittel joined the paper as a copyboy in 1942 after graduating from Elder High School in Price Hill. Three months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army. He served in Europe before being honorably discharged in 1946.

Mr. Weiskittel returned to the Enquirer and worked as a financial reporter while attending evening classes at Xavier University. He was the business and home editor 1963-77.

He resigned from the Enquirer in 1977 to become vice president of corporate markets for Koetzle Corp. Realtors. In 1990, he was named vice president of sales for Matthew Toebben Construction Co. in Crescent Springs. He also worked as a broker for several agencies, including Cline Realtors. He retired in January.

He was a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the Society of American Business Writers, the Diocese of Covington's Advisory Council and St. Agnes Parish Council.

Survivors include: his wife, Audrey Bushelman Weiskittel; a son, Thomas of Symmes Twp.; two daughters, Carol Finnell of Fort Wright and Barbara Brausch of Lebanon; and six grandchildren.

Visitation: 4-7 p.m. today at Middendorf-Bullock Funeral Home, 3614 Dixie Highway in Erlanger. Mass of Christian Burial is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Agnes Church, 1680 Dixie Highway in Fort Wright. Burial at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright.

Memorials: American Diabetes Association, 8899 Brookside Ave., Suite 102, West Chester, OH 45069; or Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Development Office, 3333 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039.

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