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Visitation Sunday at CHS for Ralph Donald Ayres, 67

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Ralph Donald Ayres, age 67 of Chesterton, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

Ralph was born in New York City, New York, on September 12, 1948 to Robert and Olga (MacKenzie) Ayres who precede him in death.

Ralph is survived by his sister, Donna P. Brown of Chesterton, brother, Charles H. Ayres of Portage, IN; nephews, Robert H. Ayres and Alec J. Ayres of Portage, IN; dear and lifelong friend, Barbara J. Stroud from Chesterton, IN; aunts, Diane Mackenzie of St. John, IN, and Olga Mackenzie of Lafayette, IN, and numerous cousins.

Ralph has been a Chesterton resident since 1956. He graduated in 1966 from Chesterton High School. He attended Indiana University where he received his bachelorís degree in 1970 and his masterís degree in 1972. In his senior year at IU he received the Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award. He was honored by his students with the Outstanding Teacher Award in 1979 and 1986. He received the Duneland Education Service Award in 2004, Indiana Outstanding Young Hoosiers Award 1979 by the Jaycees, the Duneland Chamber Citizen of the year in 2001, Paul Harris Fellowship from the Chesterton/Porter Rotary, and was given the Sagamore of the Wabash by then Governor Orr in 1986.

He was elected to the Porter County Council and served from 1978 to 1980. He was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives and served from 1980 to 2006. Upon his retirement he became Director of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association for two years. He was serving as a volunteer with the Porter County Youth Service Bureau, AARP, the Porter County Retired Teachers, and at the present time was the President of the Duneland School Board.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Chesterton High School Auditorium, 2125 S. 11th Street, Chesterton, IN, 46304. Private graveside services will be held at Chesterton Cemetery, Chesterton, IN.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donorís choice with a slant towards children and education.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Posted 3/31/2016





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