Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, made the following statement regarding the death of Ralph Hauenstein:
“I am saddened to learn of Mr. Hauenstein’s passing. For more than a century, he has had a profound impact upon our Catholic Church both locally and internationally. He was an active layman, working as an auditor at the Second Vatican Council. In West Michigan, Mr. Hauenstein founded the Grand Rapids Serra Club, helping to provide support for men who are interested in pursuing the priesthood. He was a longtime member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, which supports the Christian presence in the Holy Land. In 2013, he was awarded the Silver Palm of Jerusalem for his extraordinary service to the Order. Mr. Hauenstein is an inspiration to us all as someone who lived and practiced his Catholic faith. He will be truly missed. May Mr. Hauenstein rest in eternal peace and enjoy the fullness of the glory of the Lord he served.”
The funeral Mass for Mr. Hauenstein was held on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew and was followed by a ceremony of full military honors held on the Piazza Secchia outside the cathedral.