Hitchens, Ralph Norman

14077214HitchensHitchens, Ralph Norman age 88, of NE Mpls, passed away peacefully May 8, 2014 surrounded by family. Preceded in death by his wife, Jean. He will be missed by his children, Nowell (Tom) Hodnett of CA, Shelly (Jerry) Madden, John (Judy) Hitchens of GA, Denise (Jim) Caputa, Cheryl (Brad) Earley; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Lil McKinnon of IL; brother, Len Hitchens of British Columbia; other relatives & friends. Ralph was born in Minneapolis and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, that is where his love for hockey began. Serving his country in the US Navy during WWII, he was stationed in Farragut, ID and San Francisco, CA. He returned to Mpls to attend the University of MN. In Dec. 1947 he married Jean Kevelin and together raised five children. In 1959 he joined the Minneapolis Police Dept. He spent several years managing Duff’s. He then returned to the Mpls Police Dept. He served as Chief of Police in the Litchfield Police Dept and retired as Chief of Police for the City of Brain- erd. A Celebration of Ralph’s life will be held Tuesday, May 13, 5-9 PM at Elsie’s, 729 Marshall St. NE, Mpls. Private family service and interment at Fort Snelling. Memorials may be directed to Catholic Eldercare. www.Washburn-McReavy.com Northeast Chapel 612-781-6828