Ralph Wronker was born in Palmdale, Calif. in May 1955, and was raised, primarily by his father, in Santa Clarita.
Ralph had a natural talent for drawing and opened his own art studio near the Newhall Courthouse after graduating from William S. Hart High School. In the 1970s and ‘80s, he turned his talent into a career, working in both television and motion pictures as a scenic artist.
He had a lifelong hunger for knowledge and learning. Ralph studied electronics at College of the Canyons in Valencia, Calif. and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information technology from University of Phoenix in 2005.
In the mid-1980s, Ralph turned to another childhood hobby and began working as a senior engineering technician in the disk drive industry and in the pro-audio industry at ElectroVoice International, Audio/Gauss Division in Sun Valley, Calif. His job included diagnosing and repairing problems with audio systems and components, saving the company approximately $1 million by successfully troubleshooting equipment failures during manufacturing. He also salvaged a $3 million project by working over two consecutive weeks of 24-hour shifts. At the same time, Ralph continued to use his artistic skills by writing and creating illustrations for technical manuals.
From 1997 to 2001, Ralph worked as a consultant and trainer for the Pace Group in Pasadena, Calif. He had corporate clients that included Pac Bell and Southern California Edison. The most successful training consultant at PACE, more than 95 percent of Ralph’s students passed the coursework the first time, and he was the only consultant whose classes had a waitlist. Ralph’s accomplishments at Pace Group included: designing an A+ Certification curriculum, including tests and assignments, based on information from over 20 textbooks; serving as a contributing editor for The Basic Electricity Workbook; rewriting copy, generating photographs and technical illustrations; training technical and non-technical students in computer, electronics and telecommunications subjects, including basic electricity and formulas for computing power usage, A+ computer configuration and repair, telecommunications technologies, and Boolean logic; and evaluating students’ technical competency levels and customized coursework based on student proficiency.
In the mid-1990s, Ralph began taking the skills of his past and working his way from parttime self employment to fulltime self employment as a consulting electronics teacher and as a computer consultant to small business. In 1997, Ralph opened his own firm, WronkerRoom.com Mobile Technical Services. With this business he offered computer hardware, data management and networking solutions for small to mid-sized businesses. He saved customers over $1 million cumulatively through effective project and resource management by: maximizing computer network and hardware configurations based on budget constraints; converting manual marketing processes to automated internet-based marketing; securing favorable pricing from key suppliers; centralizing and automating data management; educating clients about computer technologies and process optimization; and salvaging incomplete or poorly-executed projects of other contractors. More than 90 percent of his projects were completed under budget. Ralph was especially proud of managing the computer network setup for simultaneous start-up of 26 nationwide insurance offices. He designed system specifications, procured computer equipment and network hardware. He also implemented security measures to ensure network integrity while allowing for easy integration with independent agent computers.
Ralph was also a family man. He enjoyed raising his son, Jeremy. He shared his love of the outdoors with Jeremy, participating in many of his Boy Scout campouts.
In 2009, while Ralph was working on the computer network at an optometrist’s office, one of the employees suggested Ralph should go out with her mother. A blind date was arranged, and in 2010 Ralph married Carol Walker. Not long after, they adopted their three grandchildren: Evin, Bella and Gabriella.
In 2013, the family moved to Pine Mountain Club, where they enjoyed the openness and the forest and the amenities of their new community, including swimming, basketball, hiking, biking and tennis. Ralph loved his grandkids and participated in as many of their activities as he could. He was usually the grandpa in the back with the giant video camera. Ralph also enjoyed classical and salsa music, and a favorite pastime was playing golf.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Carol; three grandchildren, Evin, 10, Bella, 6, and Gabriella, 4; son, Jeremy Wronker (Ohio); stepdaughter, Jilie Beth Walker (Reseda, Calif.); and two sisters.
A prayer and reflection service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the clubhouse at 25051 Avenida Rotella in Valencia, Calif. A memorial fund has been set up in Ralph’s name.