Ira Ralph Atticks III, 69, of Lewes, DE, died peacefully on March 5. Ralph was born in Fishing Creek Village in Harrisburg, PA, and moved to Glenn Dale at age four. He graduated from High Point High School, and attended Wesley College. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, Ralph married Therese Gillespie in 1968 and raised son, Kevin, in Bowie, where he worked for C&P Telephone and Onan Generator before tuning pianos as a trade. He married Janet Thomas in 2002, and worked at St. Pius X Church and School until his retirement. The two moved to Lewes, DE in 2012. Ralph was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Chapter. He was a tennis player, and enjoyed the outdoors and craft projects. He was an avid kayaker, and at various times was known for rebuilding pianos, shaping snowy egrets from construction materials, and building tree houses and ponds. He was preceded in death by his father, Ira Ralph Atticks Jr.; sister, Judith Peebles; and mother, June Harm Atticks. Ralph is survived by his wife, Janet Thomas; son, Kevin Atticks (Andrea); step-son, Brad Thomas (Katie); and step-daughter, Lora Jones (Will); two grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Bowie. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Matthews UMC.
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Published in the Bowie Blade-News on Mar. 13, 2014