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Ralph Putman-Melbourne-Lt. Col. Ralph Wayne Putman, 89, died at The Fountains on Friday, July 30, 2010 from natural causes. He was born Octo ber 23, 1920 in Lynchburg, OH to the late Joseph and Eva (Gibson) Putman. Following high school graduation in 1937, he attended Wilmington College. On December 21, 1943, he was united in marriage to Georgia Lee Kennard from Lebanon, OH. During World War II, Ralph served as an aircraft navigator in a B-17 bomber squadron with the Eighth Air Force in England. After discharge from the Army Air Corps in 1945, Ralph worked as a grocery man ager until recalled to military service during the Korean War. Ralph served as a navigator and as a navigator instructor until 1956. He served as a supply and logistics officer in the United States and over seas in Germany, France, Iraq, and Alaska until his retirement in 1968. After completing college at the University of South Florida in 1970, Ralph and his family moved to Brevard Coun ty, FL where he worked as a teacher at Gemini Ele mentary School in Melbourne Beach. He retired from teaching in 1982. Ralph is survived by his wife, Georgia; daughters, Billie Dickson, Julie (Robert) Gilbert, Linda (Mike Arrants) Putman; sons, David (Tophie) Putman and Phillip (Debi) Putman; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Walter and Robert; and sister, Ruth Gross nickle. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Vivian Johnson, Esther Morris and Donald Putman. A funeral service will take place on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Florida Memorial Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Florida Memo rial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ralphs memory to the .

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 2, 2010
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