Franklin “Ralph” Koller

Ralph Koller

Flag SMFranklin “Ralph” Koller, age 89, of Brookfield. Air Force Veteran. Past District Governor District 1-A Lions Clubs International. Beloved husband of the late Mildred “Millie” Koller, nee Chromicky; fond father of Kenneth Ralph (Terri) Koller and Katherine Ann (Joseph) Mrkvicka; grandfather of Kayla (Jon) Brehm, Kyle and the late Jenna Nicole; brother of the late Daniel (Carmela) Koller, Jr.; uncle of many nieces and nephews; cousin to many. Ralph dedicated his life to volunteerism.

A Visitation for Ralph and Millie Koller will be Wednesday, March 31, 2021 from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. at Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd., 9445 W. 31st Street, Brookfield.

Lions Club Emblem Featured Image7:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. is reserved for Lions Club Members. A Lions Memorial Service will commence at 7:30 P.M. All Lions Club members arriving for the reserved Lions Club time and Service must R.S.V.P. Maximum of 50 participants. R.S.V.P. at or 708-485-2000 reservation will close when maximum of 50 are registered. Attendance above 50 will not be admitted.

Private family services will be on Thursday.

Covid Regulations allow for a maximum of 50 people in the funeral home at a time. Face coverings are required, the lounge facilities are closed, outside food or beverages are not allowed at this time. All are asked to pay their respects / condolences to the Koller family and be cognitive of others waiting to do the same.

Interment Private St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park.

Memorials appreciated to the Lions of Illinois Foundation, 700 N. Peace Road, Suite B, DeKalb, IL 60115

Information 708-485-2000 or

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  1. Teresita Zaretsky condolence:

    On behalf of the Franklin Park-Manila Lions Club we celebrate the good lives of Lions Ralph and Millie. We had fond memories through lions activities and our personal lives. What a wonderful couple. You have been reunited in your eternal life. Rest In Peace.

  2. Larry McGuire condolence:

    We lost two good Lions and two good friends when we lost Lions Ralph and Millie. They always made you feel like you were family, even if you weren’t. Lion Ann and I will surely miss them.

  3. Susann Carlson condolence:

    “WE serve.” Ralph and Millie both wonderfully exemplified the motto of Lionism, serving our Lions District 1A and their Brookfield-LaGrange Park Lions Club with joy, enthusiasm, and steadfastness.

    Their legacy is that they made the world a better place, daily, in a way we can all admire. A smile, a handshake, a laugh, these are the best memories we will continue to cherish of Millie and Ralph, two very special people who touched our hearts in their inspirational commitment to service and community.

    Helen Keller said it best: “What was once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never loose, for all that we love deeply  becomes part of us.” ~~~ Helen Keller

    Millie and Ralph will forever be “part of us” LaGrange Highlands Lions, who will deeply miss them, cherishing remembered friendships and bonds.

    We send our heartfelt prayers and condolences to their family during this very difficult time.

  4. Ralph & Sue Zarada condolence:

    I have many memories of Lions PDG Ralph Koller aka “the other Ralph” and Millie Koller. Lion Ralph K. and I shared the same first name. He tag himself as the “other Ralph”. I can close my eyes and hear him shouting across the room “Hey Ralph. It’s the other Ralph”. PDG Ralph K. inducted me into the River Grove Lions during his term as governor and from there my career as a lion grew to be governor of the district. Thanks PDG Ralph K. Both PDG Ralph K and Lion Millie were dedicated Lions and always there to serve. Sue and I will miss their presence at Lions gatherings. Our deepest condolences go out to the family on their loss.
    Godspeed Lions Ralph and Millie.

  5. Lions Benni & Norma Fernandez condolence:

    PDG Lions Ralph & Millie were great Lions and have been big part of the Franklin Park – Manila Lions Club family. Both of them are very supportive, dedicated and true to the motto “WE SERVE”. We will surely miss them and may their souls REST in PEACE. ️‍♂️️

  6. Benni & Norma Fernandez condolence:

    PDG Lions Ralph & Millie were super great Lions and have been a big part of the Franklin Park – Manila Lions Club family. Both of them are both very supportive, dedicated and true to the motto “WE SERVE”. We will surely miss them and may their souls REST in PEACE.️️‍♂️

  7. Mike and Michelle Sheehan condolence:

    Our condolences to the Koller Family. We enjoyed our time in the Lions Club with Ralph and Millie. Ralph served his country and community proudly. Thank You for your willingness to always assist others.

  8. Rich and Sue Buresh condolence:

    Our deepest sympathies to Ralph and Millies family. Have such fond memories of two of the nicest people we’ve ever known.

  9. Diane Svoboda condolence:

    My deepest condolences to the Koller family. Ralph and Millie were two special people who gave of themselves for others. I always enjoyed Ralph’s enthusiasm for the Lions Club! He will be sorely missed.

  10. Lions Bill & Pat Crook condolence:

    Reminiscing on past conventions and Lions Club activities. Lions Ralph will be missed.

  11. Lions Desi and Jeff White condolence:

    Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Both Ralph and Millie will be missed. We’ve enjoyed knowing them these past years

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