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Tuesday, 20 May 2014 00:00

Napa Valley Auto Body Enthusiast Ralph Stephen Deuer Passes at 79

Ralph Stephen Deuer was a long-time resident of St. Helena, CA, and passed away on April 26, 2014, at the age of 79. He was the son of George Deuer and Nancy Raymond Deuer, who were also long-time residents of Napa Valley, CA. Ralph attended St. Helena High School and graduated in 1954. After high school, he joined the Army and served in Korea for two years. Upon returning from the service, he learned auto body and mechanical repair at Bryon’s Auto Body shop in Napa, CA, which led to a long-term hobby of automobile buying, repairing, and trading.

Ralph was an active member of the Napa County Grange and numerous wine-making clubs, auto clubs, and other local organizations. He learned many of his wine-making skills from his father, George, who was the lead wine chemist at the Inglenook winery. He enjoyed going to auto swap meets throughout Northern California, where he traded, bought, and sold parts for vintage automobiles. What he enjoyed most was the solitude and natural surroundings he had on his small ranch north of St. Helena.

A celebration of his life will be held in late spring or early summer 2014. You can express your thoughts and memories at

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