While I only knew Ralph for a few short years his love for A&M and his zest for life changed mine.
He was the kind of person who you just felt you had known forever from the first time you met him.
His love and dedication for A&M and for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will live on through the generations of young people whose lives he has touched.
Ralph personified the long, tall Texan and more--a gentleman. Not many remain; he could teach a graduate course on it. We laughed a lot, a whole lot when he lived in Tifton,Georgia. We were like brothers over the age of 21 with cars, a little money and free spirits--quite a combination. We all lost a fine person. I continue to grieve. I wish I could be half the person Ralph is.
Ralph is going to be missed. I loved traveling the world with both of you - what fun times we had. He was a very special person and I am honored to have gotten to know him and share such special memories during our fun Traveling Aggies trips. Whenever I saw that the Wards were signed up for a trip I knew we were in for a fun time. I will miss Ralph alot. Cathy - we hope you continue to travel with us. I know Ralph would want that and we love you!
We met Ralph and Cathy on a Travelin' Aggies trip and subsequently took several trips together. While in a fancy hotel on the Canadian Rockies tour, we had given our names and were waiting to be seated. The waiter came out and asked for the Montgomery-Ward party. Ralph was quick to point out that we were waiting for JC (Penney).
From that day on we became the Montgomery-Wards. We are blessed to have such special memories of Ralph.
Of the many wonderful things I remember about there are two which stand out in my mind. The first would be playing football with him. Ralph played quarterback and I played wingback. When we got into the huddle Ralph would becone nervous and unable to call a play so the coach, Ken Jones, annointed me to call the plays. In later years Ralph and I joked that we would have had a good team but all the passes and all the running plays were to the wingback(me).
The other series of events that come to mind is related to new cars that arrived at our auto dealership.
When a hot new car came in I would call Ralph and he and I would would take the car out for a quality check. I particularly remember a new Olds 442 that Ralph and I tried out and are lucky that we did not kill ourselves as fast as we drove it.
Finally, if you remember we could get a drivers license when we were 14 years old and a beginners license when we were 13 years old (with a licensed driver). I got my beginners license when I was 13 and Ralph was my licensed driver since he was born about 6 months before me. It is a frightening thought contemplating the two of us driving at 13 and 14 years old.
Dear Cathy: Though I didn't know Ralph for very many years, he was one of a kind! Great sense of humor and the same political views as me! He will be greatly missed for his kindness and his love of students as well as animals alike! God Bless you abundantly
Ralph will be dearly missed by all of his Aggie friends with the TAMU - College of Ag Development Council. During my leadership term on the Council, I will always remember how faithful & committed you and Ralph were about attending our meetings. A person might think that because Ralph was soft spoken, he might not be heard...but let me tell you, when Ralph spoke, the room silenced because people wanted to hear what he had to say. The reason for that is his humble nature and strong committment to supporting the mission of COADC...that of attracting financial resources to enhance educational programs and opportunities in the College of Ag and Life Sciences. In other words, he didn't just talk-the-talk...he engaged himself to provide a difference and opportunity for lots of young Aggies. I consider him a dear friend & mentor. Cathy, may you find comfort & healing from the Lord's Hands and in all the worderful memories. May he rest in peace. Amen.
I met Ralph about 25 years ago at the Rusk County Project Show, then some years later actually got to know him through his beloved dogs. Ralph always had a story to tell about the kids. He loved his animals.
Ralph was a good man, a true friend, an Aggies Aggie, and a devoted husband.
May God continue to give you the strength to carry on. I know that we will all get to see him again someday.
It still seems so unreal that Ralph is not with us any longer. It is true that it is not how many years you live, but how you live the years you are given by our Lord to live. Truly, Ralph lived his years to the fullest. As I told both of you, from the very beginning of our friendship, it was always as friends just talking about the needs of students and families. Know that we remember you as you begin a new life and wish you God's speed in all you do.
Pat and Sharon Taylor.
I know you feel such a loss because I know you and ralph had a very special life. I am so thrilled you did your traveling and that you spent so much time together.God knew that he was needed in Heaven more than on Earth. I am so happy that I knew him and I truly respected him and admired him for all he did for the youth and the impact he made on so many lives. I know his Mom was dancing in the streets of gold in Heaven when her little boy arrived. May God bless you and wrap His loving arms around you, Cathy. Please call me if I can do anything for you. Patti Miller
I am so glad my path crossed Ralph's. I always enjoyed his visits at the bank and on rare occasions when I would stop by the Foundation. He and I would visit about Twelve Oaks, which I knew as Rolling Acres. I think he enjoyed hearing about me running around through the pasture and fishing in the pond when my Uncle Bryan owned it. I always appreciated Ralph's love for our young people and his desire to see them better themselves through education. I will miss him dearly, and am glad I was able to call him a friend.
Don't hesitate to call or come see me, if you need anything.
Todd and Rachel Meadows
February 14, 2011
My first involvement with the Ward Family began in 1963 when I accepted the position of Agricultural Instructor and Farm Manager at Kilgore College. At the time I became involved with the Bruce McMillan,Jr.Foundation and my contact with Mr. Ralph Ward,Sr. During that time, Mr. Ward was a great help while I was working on the development of the Kilgore College Demonstration Farm. I look back on this experience as one of my best.
It was two years later that Ralph Ward,Jr enrolled in my agricultural courses at Kilgore College. Ralph was an intelligent young man that excelled in his academic courses. During the time he was always helpful with promoting the Agriculture and Rodeo Clubs, which the agricultural program sponsored.
While a Junior College Student, Ralph showed a love for Texas A&M. It was my policy that students with interest in Texas A&M always received my full attention and support.
The record shows that Ralph Jr. received a number of academic degrees which included degrees from Texas A&M.
It was a fitting occasion that Ralph Ward,Jr. was called upon to become the Managing Trustee of the Bruce McMillan Jr. Foundation following his experiences after his academic training and the leadership of his father, Ralph Ward, Sr.
Ralph Ward, Jr. was faithful in supporting agricultural instructional programs and supporting the many young people that sought higher education
Ralph was a great student, friend, and leader.
Cathy,may the Lord comfort you during this time of sorrow.
With our love,
Wayne & Jane Lacy
Ralph and I became good friends in graduate school, and he always had a positive word and encouragement to "stop and smell the roses." Of course, when Ralph was your friend, it never ended--a true Southern Gentleman before I ever heard the term.
Several years ago, the phone rang one evening here in Lubbock. One of our sons was a student at A&M, working on a charity called Change, which helped deserving Aggies buy their senior rings. Justin's name wound up in The Battalion, associated with the charity. The phone call was from Ralph. We hadn't talked in a few years-- only exchanged Christmas letters. Ralph was having a meeting at A&M, and he called to ask Justin to attend, talk about Change, and collect for the charity. Ralph never passed up an opportunity to do something of benefit.
Oh, the memories, the special times that we all spent together. The stock show travels (including the aisle sweeping), the arguing over who pays the check at the restaurant, the trips to all the universities to make things easier for transfer students and even the hundreds of cups of coffee at the farm. The positive influence that Ralph Ward, Jr. had on so many people, young and older. His passion for God, family, friends, and community. His never-ending desire to make life better for those who knew him.
Having shared his friendship the last 20+ years has been a tremendous honor for my entire family. My mother described him as being "so distinguished, yet so humble". His generosity, honesty, integrity, sincerity, loyalty, etc. has provided so many of us with the desire to set higher goals and to work harder to achieve them. He always did everything within his capacity to help others, and their successes revitalized and motivated him to help more people, yet he wanted no recognition. We admire Ralph so much for his commitment to agriculture and education, for we could see the good that resulted from his efforts. He earned the utmost respect from all who knew him. That alone is a testament of his life.
Personally, most of all, it is his friendship for which I am most appreciative--a friendship he provided so genuinely.
Cathy (Mrs. Ward)(and you know how to respond to that greeting), we thank you and Ralph so much for the sacrifices you have made to help us and the Kilgore College Agriculture Department. I know of the countless hours that the two of you spent thinking of ways to help us and the program. Both of you have made such a difference. Please know that Ralph's memory lives within us and that our friendship with you will always be.
Kara, Christie, Alice, and Bob Young
Kilgore College Farm
Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will always remember Ralph as a man of great integrity. I consider it an honor to have done legal work for him over the years. He would listen and take action. I will never forget our many discussions about his beloved Aggies and my Longhorns. Who says the two cannot co-exist?! I know you have many fond memories of him that you will carry with you. Please call upon me at any time that I can help you in any way.
Dear Cathy, I had you in my thoughts and prayers while in Italy. It is so hard to believe the 4 of us were enjoying being together on the Aggie Carribbean Cruise in Jan. of 2010 never dreaming we would be without our spouse in 2011. I am so sorry for your loss and I know and understand the feelings you are experiencing. Ralph was a joy to know and I will always remember seeing him on his bicycle when he was young and meeting up with him again in 2010. I could tell how much he loved you, and you him. Our time together is a cherished memory. It was a joy getting to know him and to learn of his accomplishments. I know he will be greatly missed. I hope you will find a Wellspring Ministry Grief Recovery Group. I could not have made it without mine. My heart goes out to you. God will take you through this. but it will take time and the help of friends and family. If you ever need to talk, please give me a call. Love and Blessings, Sharon Eatherly
Dear Cathy, Guy and I send our thoughts and prayers to you on the sudden loss of Ralph. Although we knew you and Ralph briefly on the Pearls of the Carribbean Cruise with the Traveling Aggies last January, we remember having such a good time getting to know you. We had several wonderful dinners together and of course the get togethers every evening..
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you Always in the days and months to come.
Guy & Carol King
Dear Cathy (you spunky, vivacious love of Ralph's life, you!),
What an honor and privilege to be included as one special enough to lay our friend to rest...what a feeling of despair to not be able to be there. Knowing of Ralph's love for children, though, I think he would have approved of us being with our new grand baby girl. Your description of the funeral was just what I had expected, and seemed to be a true celebration of who he was and what he stood for. (I don't think, however, that the dogs leading the casket was such a bad idea!) :)
I just finished reading all of the posts on Ralph's page, including your sweet words. All I can say is "ditto", "Ditto", and "DITTO!". Truly he was in a unique position in which he could live out his life's ambition of helping others. There were so many things he pursued, though, that were not his responsibility as President of the foundation. His support and zeal for Kilgore College and the Rusk County Youth Livestock Show are but two examples. I will never forget his face when we were talking about the possibility of buyer groups as a way of supporting the Overton youth. His face lit up as if he got a new puppy for Christmas, as he had a new means to do good. It wouldn't surprise me if he started making phone calls that very evening, as he turned an idea into a reality! He did it time and time again, in many arenas.
I have told you before, but I will tell you again, my friend. You have Dorothy's and my condolences, and our congratulations. Our condolences for your loss, and our congratulations for having had this man in your life! Until I can hug you in person and whisper in your ear, "God bless you real good, like he already has!
Love and prayers, Dorothy/Jeff Grote
Ralph was one of my favorite patients at the dentist office. We could hardly get any teeth cleaned for talking about Kathy, his dogs, and his recent trips. Then he wanted to hear about my family and vacations. He was the greatest, most thoughtful, and loving man. Never left without hugs and smiles. He will be GREATLY missed!
Ralph was one of the best men I have ever known. He was a true southern gentlemen and was the best boss I have ever had. It was an honor to have known him and he will be greatly missed. He was just the best!!!
Cathy, just heard the news about Ralph today. He and I became friends as ag journalism students at A&M. I later moved to Tifton, Ga., after he got here, and we've remained friends and kept in touch over the years. I don't know if he got my message after receiving his last Christmas letter, but I told him how fortunate he was to have found and loved you. Please accept my condolences and prayers. His many friends will miss him.
Ralph Ward was an ambassador for so many entities, whether it was Texas A&M University, farming and ranching, education, or the community of Overton. Our town has lost someone who not only knew its history but loved it and shared it with others. One time when I visited the McMillan Foundation to ask Ralph about proposed library expansion plans, at one point he looked on as I took notes and said, “That sure took a long time to write ‘no comment.’ “ Those who knew him can probably visualize the smile on his face as he said that. The local library, named for the McMillans, as well as the school districts knew if they needed something and it was in his power, this man would help them. As a Longhorn, it does not bother me in the least to say, “Gig ‘em” in Ralph’s memory.
We became good friends with Ralph and you after only one Aggie trip together. Obviously, our values were similar and we had fun together. Ralph was a great guy and a great Aggie and he will be sorely missed by so many who knew of his good works. I will answer for him at Aggie Muster this year.
Jim & Donna Beth
Ralph will be missed by so many, a great southern gentleman with a big loving and giving heart. I have truly been blessed by having him as a boss and friend. Cathy-I am so sorry for your loss, but know that God will give you the strength to move on. Ralph would want you to cherish the memories that were made and keep Chili II and Dottie girl close to your heart. He loved you all so much. You will be in my thoughts and prayers always.
I had the opportunity to meet Ralph several years ago and I feel blessed to have had that opportunity. He made a wonderful first impression on me and I will always remember him for being the gentleman he was.
Cathy- My heart goes out to you and all the others that loved him so much. My hope and prayer is that God will give you the peace and strength to move forward with your life. Cherish the memories- I know I will!
Cathy, Ralph's passing leaves a whole in me, in East Texas, in His beloved A&M. I know three things about Ralph, first and most of all he loved you Cathy, I never saw him that he he did not mention you and how good his life was because you were in it. The second thing I know about Ralph is that he loved animals in general and dogs in particular, not just his dogs but he would on occasion direct someone and their pet my direction and if he thought they could not afford the care they needed, would say "let me know if I can help with the bill but don't tell them". The last thing I know about Ralph is that he was the spirit of Texas A&M because he always did the decent thing. His ability to help people and make them feel good about themselves was unmatched. We will all miss Ralph, I will be praying for you in the days to come. God Bless and Keep you Cathy, Terry Ray
We at COADC will remember Ralph for his support with anything that would help the students. He was a great Aggie and a gentleman and we'll cherish his memory.
Anita and I want to express our sadnes for Ralph's passing. He was one of the few really good people to travel this earth. It is with that in mind that we wish you the vey best going forward snd extend our help in any way. You have but to ask.
Ralph and I worked together on the Kilgore Treatment Center Board and I learned what a truly nice guy he was. I am verry respesctful of such relationships - they are few. Grief takes time to pass but be consoled that atheds will be there with you.
Ralph's celebratory service yesterday was beautiful,and, I think, just as he would have wanted. His impact on so many lives was evident by the large, diverse group of friends who attended the service.
It was an honor for me to know and to work with Ralph. He did a wonderful job in carrying out the mission of the Bruce McMillan, Jr., Foundation. His legacy will live on through the churches, schools, other charitable institutions and young people he cared for so much. The new library for Overton was his passion, and the trustees of the Foundation will see to it that the project will come to fruition and that Ralph is appropriately recognized for his tireless efforts.
My prayer is that God will give you strength, courage and peace in the days ahead.
From someone touched by the great work of the foundation and Mr. Ward himself, I would like to extend my deepest condolensces. I had the pleasure of speaking with him on several occasions and was always inspired by his calm, professional attitude and his passion for helping. He is a great man who will be missed by many!
I wanted to leave a sentiment while my feelings were at such an apex of emotion. As his wife, I know time will take away the physical pain, but the memory of the pain will always be there.
My husband was my best friend. He afforded me the privilege of being a "stay-at-home" wife. He was old-fashioned and simple in that way. He encouraged me to finish college. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in business (at SFASU) in 2002 at the untraditional age of 40! I thank him so much for the support, encouragement and occasional "nudge" to complete this endeavor. I honestly couldn't have done it without his help. It was so wonderful to have someone to unburden all my insecurities and discouragements but also to be there to help me celebrate the accomplishments and achievements.
We enjoyed the farm life for 14 years in Longview before moving to Overton in 2009. It was always a learning experience. But we both had a love for agriculture. We always thought agriculture was the new buzz word for the Garden of Eden and never could understand why so many people were getting out of the business. Doesn't everyone feel closer to God when they do a little gardening, plant trees, fix a few fences, ride around checking cows, and just watching Nature take its course? We are all supposed to be stewards of the His land.
And then there were times when my patience would not allow me to be at my diplomatic best. Ralph would always mend the fences and keep me from becoming ostrasized by society. He always had my back. God! What a man! (And what a job he had!!!)
Thank-you all for getting to know Ralph. His life was richer by knowing each and every one of you. And, I certainly appreciate you all for signing the guestbook and leaving me a sentiment or story that I can cherish forever on a DVD. I cannot say thank-you enough to all who helped memoralize him yesterday and make the day very special, though sorrowful. He certainly was worth the effort all of you put forth. Thank-you just seems so inadequate, but it's all I have to offer.
I knew Ralph as an Aggie, a patient, and a cowboy. I will miss him terribly. He always reminded me as the "John Wayne" or "Sam Elliott" type. Maybe it was the hat, but I think he would have been one of the "good ole boys" in a western movie. Whenever I open a Hereford World Magazine, I will think of Ralph.
Happy trails my friend!
Cathy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you! What a shock! Ralph has been our good friend for such a long time. He made such a positive impact on our lives and the lives of our children. We are so very thankful that the two of you chose to visit us so recently. We will remember Ralph and you as we saw you that day. Our hearts go out to you. May God ease your pain.
It was an honor to serve as Ralph Jr's pallbearer. He was a true Rotarian, living their motto, "service before self", a friend for 63 years and a loving husband to Cathy. I going to miss the "long" story, the Christmas letter, stories about the travel / the love of animals and mostly the phone call when A&M won a football game.
He would want us to move forward, helping others, as he is in heaven now, with Ralph, Sr., Louise, & Linda, at a new home, with lots of pastures and room for a big herd.
Our prayers are with Cathy and friends,
Rene' Goforth, Victoria, TX
I will always remember Ralph and Cathy when I guided them amongst other aggies in Iceland in 2005. Ralph's interest in agricultural equipment is something I still remember from that trip and his interest in the landscape and the history of the country. I will always appreciate that Ralph stayed in touch since then.
Cathy, I and Anna send you and the family our condolences.
Truly a southern gentleman. His eyes would light up talking about you, the dogs and travel. I will miss him so much. The members of the Bruce McMillan, Jr. Foundation were family. It will never be the same.
Cathy, we are so sorrow. We always looked forward to seeing you and Ralph at COADC and catching up on all the animal stories and trips. Ralph took every assignment very seriously and I could always count on a call from him when we served on a committee together. His love for helping people and especially young people will be one of the things we'll remember about Ralph. He was always willing to do whatever it took. We will miss him very much and you and your family are in our prayers. Hope you will stay in touch and hug the pups for us.
-Jimmy and Sandie Roppolo,El Campo, Texas
Cathy, we will forever remember Ralph ordering tea and ten at the tearoom.
Jean and John
Ralph was a great American, a great aggie and a great friend. we all should try to be more like him.
Not long after becoming acquainted with Ralph while attending the Texas Junior College Agriculture Association and Agricultural Consortium of Texas meetings each year, I realized that he was an extraordinary man who had a strong desire to help others. It is a great privilege to have been able to get to know Ralph and to call him a friend.
Cathy, I think that everyone would agree that Ralph personnified the meaning of friendship. I doubt that he ever met anyone that he did not value and appreciate. Being president of the Bruce McMillan, Jr., Foundation suited him perfectly since he loved to help people. He always cherished you as his wife. It was evident by the way he talked about you. I never dreamed that Ralph would leave this earth so early! I guess it's true that the good ones go first. I enjoyed his many e-mails, and will miss those as well. I hope that you will stay in touch. Beverly Davis, Kilgore College Scholarship Office
God Bless & may you find strength in Him.
Frank & Shirley Fenoglio
Cathy , What can i say ?
when the three of us got together , there was only one sane person in the room. My latest memory of Ralph was when ya'll moved from kilgore to overton. We had no business moving all that heavy furniture at our age but no one told us and we werent smart enough to figure it out until it was all done. I remember trying to get that huge platform bed down the hall. Ralph suggested we cut it in half with a chainsaw..haha . That may have been the best idea yet. If I know anything about Ralph , I know he loved you deeply. You could just see it in his eyes when he talked about adventures you shared..Ralph ( gonna miss you bud !)
I have known Ralph my whole life and went to school with him for about 15 years--Overton, KC, A&M. Ralph liked people and had many friends. He was a positive influence on many. I agree and copy what Mr. Pope said--"Ralph did what all of us desire to do. He left this earth better than he found it, and all of us who were privileged to have known him are better for it." He will be missed by me and many others.
Ralph was not only a dear friend of Kilgore College, he was a personal friend. We would sit and talk about everything from the Iditerod in Alaska to stories about his parents and grandparents, whom I used to visit. He will really be missed.
Sharon and I always enjoyed visiting with you and Ralph at COADC events. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
Cathy, I send my deepest sympathy. Thinking back to the 3 years that I was next door neighbors with you and Ralph, I remember the many long chats that Ralph and I had over the fence while the dogs ran and the cattle grazed in the pasture. I always apprecited his advice and just plain good visit with a fellow Aggie. I could always count on you and Ralph if I needed to borrow the trailer or have someone watch the house. I will miss him. God bless you in your time of loss.
Howdy from Aggieland..I want to say I will truly miss Mr. Ward. He and I had gotten really close working together on the McMillan Scholarship. He was a great guy! May God Bless the family during this time. Judi Haas Assistant Director - Scholarships Texas A&M University.
Mrs. Ward, I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Ward was such an inspiration to me while I attended the Kilgore College Agriculture Program. I know he will forever hold a special place in my heart as he was truly a genuine person that was always contributing himself to someone. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you endure this difficult time.
Courtney (Spoon) Ashmore
Cathy we have known you and Ralph for such a short time however, during that time we feel that a special bond was created. The friendship was enhanced by your "infectious" laugh and Ralph's obvious love for you his soul mate We were so happy that we visited with you and Ralph at Good Sheperd hospital and can take that memory with us always. I am not a very religious person but I know the father above took Ralph so that he wouldn't have to suffer thru the agony of serious health issues. We look forward to seeing you today to honor the passing of a very special man. Love Jim & Bonnie
Ralph truly made a difference through his involvement, participation and support in so many ways to so many people and organizations. He will be missed by the community and by those who knew him and were touched by his life. You are in our thoughts and we will try to do as you suggested, celebrate his life.
Dear Cathy, We are so sorry about the loss of your Bubba, what a joy you were to him. Ralph was a great promoter of east Texas and A&M. He will be sorely missed. God Bless you!
Ralph and I have were friends our entire life. Besides being a good friend, I remember how Ralph would go about any project he took on with enthusiasm and tenacity. In high school, no one worked harder with his ag projects or classes. This carried over to things he did as an adult. If you wanted a job done, put Ralph Ward Jr. in carge. We all will miss him.
Michael C. Branch
Cathy, My thoughts and prayers are with you and all those who worked with and knew Ralph. Ralph made a difference in the lifes of so many people through the years. I feel blessed to have known him.
Our family had the good fortune of having Ralph and Cathy as neighbors for quite a few years. I’d hate to know the number of hours Ralph and I jabbered at each other across the fence, watching our dogs wear themselves out as they chased each other up and down the fence-line. As much as Ralph loved conversation, he also loved work (I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man go after a weed patch with a yo-yo the way he did). His numerous acts of kindness and generosity to us will never be forgotten. We hurt for you, Cathy.
Cathy , what can i say ? When You , I and Ralph got together their was only one sane person in the room ! The most recent memory I have of us together is when ya'll were moving from your house in kilgore to overton. Lord KNOWS we had no business moving that heavy furniture at our age ! Problem is no one bothered to tell us and we were not smart enough to figure it out till it was all done. i remember trying to get that huge platform bed out of the bedroom and Ralph suggested we take a chainsaw and cut it in half..haha Looking back that might have been the best way to do it. Ralph always carried himself in a way that made you proud to be his friend ! He didn't always wear his emotions on his sleeve but he could not conceal the fact that he loved you with all his heart !
We first met Ralph when we moved to Overton in 1968 and bought their family home. Ralph, Sr., Louise, & Ralph, Jr. were like family to us, & we were so happy when you and Ralph married. You made him so happy, Cathy, & I am glad you shared many wonderful times traveling together! Ralph was a model of a true gentleman, & he certainly was a great friend to us and many others! Another milestone in his life was when he became an Aggie & received two degrees from Texas A&M! He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Blessings to you during this very difficult time.
We cannot imagine your heartache over the loss of Ralph. Just remember that our loss here on earth is the Lord's gain in heaven. We pray God's love will give you strength and bring you peace. Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy, Bob and Sandra Noton
Cathy, I was so sorry to hear about Ralph. My thoughts and prayers have been of you.
Cathy, we are so saddened to hear that Ralph has gone from us. The two of you had so few years together. He and you will be in our prayers.
Vincent and Kathleen Haby
Cathy: Phillip just e mailed me about Ralph, we are thinking of you at this time, may God give you extra strength.
We love you, Ann and Lucille
Cathy, I was so very sorry to hear of Ralph's passing, you and your family are in my prayers. I met Ralph when I worked for Drew Heard and traveled with Drew to Overton several times for the Board meetings at the Foundation. He was such a kind man -- I liked him very much and always looked forward to his letter at Christmas. I also am an animal lover and have many 4 legged members of my family. Ralph told wonderful animal stories, one of my favorite was about WD. You are in my prayers.
Please accept my sincere condolences.
Cathy, I was privileged to meet Ralph & work with the two of you over the last few months. His love for you & all things important to him was so visible. Thinking of you!
Ralph was a truly remarkable man. I've been thinking about the trip we took to Texas to visit with you both. You two even made flea markets fun. His warmth and hospitality will always be remembered. You were blessed to have made many wonderful memories with Ralph with your travels of the world and your everyday life. You two were an amazing couple. I love you, Cathy. You have been and will be in my prayers.
Ralph was a great man who leaves a great legacy. Having had the opportunity to work closely with him over the last several years, I have a keen awareness and appreciation of the love and compassion he had for so many who crossed his path and benefited from his generosity. Ralph did what all of us desire to do. He left this earth better than he found it, and all of us who were privileged to have known him are better for it.
Rogers Pope, Jr.
Cat,so saddened to hear of Ralph's death. You are in my prayers. Bettye Gauthreaux-Overton,Tx
A good friend and wonderful brother-in- law. He will surely be missed.
Cathy, our love and prayers are with you. You were the best neighbors to us.
Ralph will be truly missed.
Linda and Dale McKinnon
Ralph loved people. His life was spent helping others, whether it be in agriculture, civic events, church, or in the community. His accomplishments will never be fully known in this life time. He was a man who walked his talk in a quiet, humble manner. We will see Ralph again for death to a Christian is only a comma, not a period. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Some people can light a room by leaving. When Ralph left, all the light and energy left with him. There was nothing more enjoyable than having a conversation with him. He had a special gift with words of taking a life experience to a higher level and filling it with humor.
Some people can light a room by leaving, but when Ralph left, all the energy and light went with him. There was nothing more enjoyable than having a conversation with him. He just had a special gift of taking a life experience to a higher level, filled with humor. Ralph loved people; that was his life. His accomplishments in education, civic events, agriculture, community, churches, and individual lives will never be fully known. Only God knows! He was a man that walked his talk and did so in a quiet, humble manner. We will see Ralph again, for death is only a comma, not a period in a Christian's life. He will be greatly missed by all.
From time to time people come into our lives that stand out above the rest. This is the case with Ralph. Cathy, from the first time you introduced "Bubba" we were impressed with the love of your life. The love you shared was very heart-warming and just being with the both of you we could see it was definitely true love. John and I will always remember the last time the 4 of us were together in Subway. We loved listening to the two of you tell of your adventures on your many travels. We are so proud you have these and so many other special memories to hold onto. It was a blessing to have crossed paths with this true Southern gentleman from Texas. We will miss him. Cathy, you have our love and our prayers.
My deepest sympathy to your family.
Cathy, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I was so saddened to read this heartbreaking news in yesterday's paper. Ralph was a tremendous man of stature and a dear friend of Kilgore College. I was blessed to have met him when I worked at KC. He will truly be missed by all who knew him.
On behalf of the members of the Agricultural Consortium of Texas, please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of your husband and our friend. We enjoyed so much our association with Ralph. His positive perspective on life and work made him a strong advocate for agricultural education. This former Lumberjack and Aggie will be greatly missed. We will keep you in our prayers in the coming days.
President of Ag Consortium of Texas
Stephen F. Austin State University
We had many happy times with Ralph in Uvalde when we all lived there in the early 80's. We kept in touch over the years and always considered Ralph & Cathy among our longtime friends. We will miss Ralph so much.
Teresa '88 and Daryl '78 Parma
We first met Ralph in about 1981 through our mutual friends, Nancy and Fred Thornberry. The memories that we will always have of Ralph will be his love of Texas A&M, his devotion to his parents, and his work ethic. Ralph was a true southern gentleman. We were so happy when he met, courted, and married the love of his life, Cathy. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.
Cathy, we are so sorry for you loss. Ralph was a great person and will be missed by all who knew him. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
What a great guy! Ralph would listen and then give his well thought out ideas...always fun to be with. Thank you Cathy for sharing him with all of us on the COADC! John
Cathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Ralph was a great man and I so much enjoyed visiting with him. He touched so many lives here at Texas A&M and will be sorely missed by all. Please know that you can call on me anytime. Sincerely, Tammy Shupak, Texas A&M University
The one thing I always think about when I think about Ralph is how much he truly loved his wife. He loved Cathy unconditionally. They were always holding hands and were truly an example of what a married couple should be. He was a good husband in addition to all the other wonderful things he stood for. Cathy, you know I love you with all my heart. I thought the world of Ralph and he will definitely be missed.
We were so saddened to hear about the loss of Mr. Ward. The good deeds that he did have touched the lives and hearts of many, including us. Our prayers and thoughts are with Mrs. Ward during her time of loss.
Michael and Jaci (Jaggers) Postell
KC Ag Students 2002~2005
So Sorry to hear about Mr. Ward. He was good to help my son in college and his dad helped me in college too! Prayers to Cathy and the family!
What a wonderful man with such a loving and giving heart! He truly made his mark and was respected by so very many people. Ralph's legacy of generosity will endure forever. Jan and David Wylie
I've known Ralph since I was a young teenager and lived across the street most of my life. I never could have imagined the impact that he and Cathy would have on my life. We shared special four-legged friends as part of both of our families (Flopsy, Handsome and W.D.). Ralph LOVED to talk and tell stories and I enjoyed listening and his friendship. He encouraged me to go back to school and finish my degree. He supported me from Kilgore College to my years at Texas A&M. He shared in my joy of receiving the coveted Aggie ring and my graduation from Texas A&M...WHOOP!! He is the reason I am an Aggie. He provided me generously with scholarships as well as moral support and plenty of advice. The world has lost an extraordinary human being. His love and encouragement was a gift to all who knew him. If you were lucky enough to know Ralph Ward, you are truly blessed. I am a better person because he was my friend. I love you Ralph and Cathy more than you know.
We have fond memories of our visits to East Texas and especially spending time with Ralph. His life has influenced so many and his legacy as a gentleman and a scholar will continue to bless all who knew him. We are saddened to hear of his passing and will keep you in our prayers.
Rich and Ellen Hannum Oxford Pennsylvania(son Rich Hannum was a student at Kilgore College, now at West Texas A & M)
This was a heartbreak for me when I heard about Mr. Ward. I have so many memories of him, as well as so much respect for him as an individual person. He helped me so much when I was a student at Kilgore. My prayers are with Cathy as well as everyone else affected by his loss.
Everyone who knew Ralph thought he was the salt of the earth. A good Christian and a fine person. He was always concerned for others. He served his community and the charitable foundation (Bruce McMillan Jr Foundation) with integrity and diligence. Hundreds were aided by his efforts. We will miss him. God bless Cathy for her loss.
My sincere prayers are with you and his many friends at the loss of your loved one. He will be greatly missed in the community and the East Texas area. May God give you Peace and Comfort in the coming days.
I am sorry for your loss. I did not know Ralph except for his involvement with ACT/TJCAA but I always enjoyed visiting with him at those events. May God lay his comforting hand upon you during this time.