Slusher, Dr Ralph
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of Scottsdale, Arizona, died on the Good Friday, 29March2013. He was born on 24January1924 in London, Kentucky, to Feeling and Cora (Poff) Slusher. Ralph had four brothers and two sisters of whom one sister, Nancy, survives. Ralph enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1924 and served on the U.S.S. Arkansas as well as on the U.S.S. New Jersey. On his discharge from the Navy, he completed his high school education in Miamisburg, Ohio, before enrolling at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, where he finished his degree in veterinary medicine in 1954. Also in 1954 he wed Marybelle Schick, who preceded him in death. After practicing as a veterinary in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in Mason, Ohio, Ralph returned to Ohio State and earned a Masters in Radiology. Following the completion of his Masters, he taught at Ohio State; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; and the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois. In 1971 Ralph moved to Phoenix where he soon established Biltmore Veterinary Services in which he maintained his veterinary practice until he closed the clinic in 2008. For a number of years, he did radiological work for the Phoenix Zoo and served on the Zoo Board. Ralph was an active member of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association and promoted professionalism in everything he did. He had an abiding passion for America and took pride in his military service. He is survived by his wife Betty; a son Michael, Melbourne, Australia; a daughter Melinda Stutts, Oxford, Ohio; grandchildren; and great-children. A memorial service for Ralph will be held at 7pm Friday, 12April2013, at the Oasis Community Church, 15014 N. 56th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona (between Thunderbird and Greenway, nearly opposite Horizon High School on the corner of Greenway and 56th Street). In lieu of flowers, contributions can be in Ralph's name to the
, 1510 E. Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 10, 2013