RALLS, Francis Gene 90, of Palm Harbor, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend of many passed away peacefully May 4, 2014. Gene married the love of his life Lee Bradbury Sept. 9, 1950. Gene attended the University of Michigan and received a BA in Architecture and Design. He served in the US Navy during WWII. In 1959, along with three partners, Ralls, Hamill and Becker / Architects and Planners opened for business. The firm works included educational projects, public and municipal buildings, hospitals, and other project types. He moved to Florida in 1982, while in Florida he was employed by David L. Wallace Architects. In 2007 Gene joined Toy Makers of East Lake, it soon became one of his true joys in life. Gene was a member of the A.I.A. Rotary Club, and a life member of the Alumni Association of The University of Michigan. Gene is survived by his loving wife, Lee; daughter, Debbie Fulgham (Steve); son Brad (Renee), Swedish son Ake Flintull (Inger) and family; his grandchildren, Ken (Cemele), Kelsey, Ali, Derek; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Mia; and his beloved Gabriel as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the members of the Suncoast Hospice House Brookfield. Their dedication and effort to provide quality care were a heartwarming blessing to the entire family. We thank God for the gift of his life and the blessing of the time we spent with him. He was predeceased by his dearly loved children, Buffy, Ray, and Mark. He was also predeceased by his parents, brothers, and sisters. A memorial service will be held honoring Gene Friday, May, 9, at 11 am at East Lake United Methodist Church, 2801 East Lake Rd. Palm Harbor. Reverend Jay Kowalski will officiate. Burial will be at later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to Toy Makers of East Lake, East Lake United Methodist Church, Suncoast Hospice House, Brookside, all in Palm Harbor.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 8, 2014