Ralph Morgan

WASHINGTON - Ralph E. Morgan, 80, of Washington passed away at 1:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Rosewood Care Center in East Peoria.

Ralph was born on March 5, 1932, in Island Grove Township to Joseph "Frank" and Vivian "Irene" Kinnerman Morgan. Ralph married Barbara A. Strakowski in Ziegler, Ill., on Aug. 4, 1956. Barbara died on Nov. 7, 1999, in Washington.

Among those surviving are two daughters, Jean (Dale) Null of Ziegler and Tina (Cameron) Skobel of St. Louis, Mo.; one son, Michael (Gwen) Morgan of Peoria; one sister, Janetta Dehnbostel of Eureka; one daughter-in-law, April Morgan of Washington; 11 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his youngest son, John C. Morgan, who died on Jan. 22, 2008; and his brother, Sherwin Morgan.

Ralph was a veteran of the Korean War and had served in the U.S. Navy.

He was retired from Metropolitan Insurance Company, where he had worked as an agent in the Washington area for 35 years. Prior to working for Metropolitan, Ralph worked for his father doing road construction in southern Illinois.

Ralph was of the Baptist faith and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Washington.

Ralph enjoyed working on cars in his spare time, especially loving old classic cars like his 38 Chevrolet and he also once owned a 55 Chevy. He also loved to fish and was a member of the Washington 12th Man Organization.

A ceremony to celebrate Ralph's life will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the funeral home. Further visitation will be on Wednesday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Vantrease Funeral Home in Ziegler, followed by burial in the Ziegler Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson Foundation.

Online condolences to the family may be made at masonfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Feb. 25, 2013