Farha, Ralph, passed away on February 28, 2014, surrounded and cared for by his family. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and dear friend. A lifelong resident of Wichita, Ralph was born in 1924 to parents Naseem and Atter "Kate" Farha who emigrated from Lebanon. He entered the business world at the tender age of 5, selling newspapers on the streets of downtown. Shortly after graduating from North High, Ralph served in WWII, as part of the U.S. Army Air Force. He was a waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator, and his crew completed 30 European missions. Among his medals, Ralph was honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross. After returning home from the service, he owned and operated several grocery stores with his brother Fred. He attended Wichita State University and was an avid Shocker fan. His personal interests included golf, travel, and dancing. Ralph volunteered with Meals on Wheels, was a steadfast blood donor, and a member of Midian Shrine. Preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 54 years Nina, and brothers Fred, Farris, Luke and Tannel. Survivors include his children Renee (Kim) Hahn, of Wichita; Sherrie; and Gary (Susan) Farha, of Potomac, MD; grandchildren David Hahn, Evan, Griffin and Eliza Farha. Visitation hours are 4-8 pm at Lakeview Funeral Home on Monday, March 3. Trisagion and funeral service will be 7pm Tuesday, March 4 at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral. Graveside internment will be 11am Wednesday, March 5 at Lakeview Cemetery, with military honors provided by McConnell AFB. Memorials have been established with St. George and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice. Condolences may be left at mylakeviewfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Wichita Eagle on Mar. 3, 2014