Ralph Douglas Sharer, 81, died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home in Farmington. He was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Roswell to James Byron Sharer and Eva Essie (Adcock) Sharer. He grew up in Roswell, except for the time his father served in the U.S. Army during World War II when he lived in Ridgeland, Miss. He graduated from Roswell High School in 1951. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, serving in Japan during the Korean War.
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While working at the U.S. Embassy in Vientiane, Laos, he met his future wife Helen McNamara. They were married Aug. 30, 1958, in Washington, D.C. They made their home in Albuquerque. They moved to Farmington in 1962, then back to Albuquerque for five years, returning to Farmington in 1972, where they wanted to rear their children. Ralph owned the Credit Bureau of Farmington.
He is survived by his wife, Helen of the family home; sons, William and wife, Beth of Farmington, Barry of Bloomfield, Donald and wife, Kerry of Clovis; daughter, Kathleen of Farmington; grandchildren, Amanda Yates and husband, Michael, Sean Sharer and wife, Jessica, all of Farmington, and Brigid and Anthony Sharer of Clovis; great grandchildren, William, Patrick, Samuel, Elizabeth, and James Yates of Farmington.
A viewing will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home in Farmington. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. also at Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home. Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 28, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 2100 E. 20th St. in Farmington, with Father Frank Chacon as celebrant. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery, 6917 E. Main St., in Farmington.
Donations may be made to San Juan County Special Olympics, c/o Debra Lisenbee, 8320 Hood Mesa Trail, Farmington, NM 87402, or to the PATH home via the Four Corners Foundation, PO Box 5160, Farmington, NM, 87499.
Ralph's care is entrusted to Brewer, Lee and Larkin Funeral Home, 103 E. Ute St. in Farmington, 505-325-8688. Those who wish to express their condolences may do so at www.serenityandcompany.com.
Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home
103 East Ute Street
Farmington, NM 87401
Published in Farmington Daily Times on Aug. 27, 2014