Ralph C. Dula

Ralp C. Dula

Ralph C. Dula, 85, of Florence, Ala., died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Hanceville Rehab Centre, Hanceville, Ala.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening, April 25, from 5-7 at Greenview Funeral Home. The service will be held Friday morning at 10:30 in the Greenview Memorial Chapel with burial in Greenview Memorial Park.

Ralph was born March 5, 1928, in Warren, Ohio, the son of Nellie L. Sly and Thomas C. Dula. He was a graduate of Howland High School, Warren, Ohio.

Ralph entered the Army in 1950 and served until 1952. He spent the "coldest winter" in Korea where he earned the prestigious Combat Infantry Badge and attained the rank of Master Sgt. Upon his discharge from service, he married the former Ann Marie Morrison, of Gallipolis, Ohio, on June 14, 1953.

Ralph earned his associate degree in business administration from Chipola Jr. College, Marianna, Fla., in 1955 and transferred to the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fla., where he majored in aviation administration and was a member of Sigma Alpha Tau honorary fraternity.

In 1957, on the final phase of earning his commercial pilot's license, he crashed in the mountains near Lenoir, N.C. suffering third-degree burns on 60% of his body and spent a year in the hospital.

Ralph was an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Agency for five years. Ralph was employed by Revlon, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. in sales/sales management for their military sales divisions and was promoted to World-wide Military Sales Manager for the Leeming/Pacquin divisions of Pfizer based in New York.

Ralph was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Thomas C. Dula Jr.; and infant daughter, Cathryn Ann.

Ralph is survived by his wife of 59 years; daughter, Jacqueline (Daniel) Reardon, of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; twin grandsons, Christopher and Patrick Reardon, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughter, Karen (Danny) Creasy, Florence, Ala.; granddaughters, Ellen (Mrs. Delano Ellis), Columbus, Ohio, and Katie Creasy, Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces; and nephews.

Ralph was a lifetime member and past commander of American Legion Florence/Lauderdale Post 11, lifetime member and past president of Korean War Veterans of Northwest Alabama, lifetime member and past National Adjutant of Combat Infantrymen's Association, organized the local unit of Combat Infantrymen's Association and served as the group's first Commander and lifetime member of 24th Infantry Division Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5140, and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of North Wood United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Post 11,

P. O. Box 629, Florence, AL 35630, or any other veteran's organization of your choice.

An online guestbook may be signed at greenviewmemorial.com.

Arrangements by Greenview Funeral Home.

Published in Florence Times Daily on Apr. 23, 2013