Thurston Woodrow Ralph
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94, of Kidron, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at his home following a period of declining health. Thurston was born on Oct. 21, 1918 in Belle Valley to the late Miles and Leota Ralph. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran having fought at Iwo Jima and being awarded a Purple Heart. He was in the grocery business most of his life. He worked in his father's grocery store in Belle Valley, several chain grocery stores and the IGA store in Walnut Creek from 19631976. He also operated the Charm Restaurant for some years. He was a member of St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Marshallville and the Masonic Lodge where he had received his 50 year pin.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, George (Ardyth) Ralph of Logan and Thomas Ralph of Saylorsbury, Pa.; twin daughters, Rebecca Shilling of Massillon and Rachel Baughman of Penfield, N.Y.; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law, Irene Raber of Walnut Creek; sisters-in-law, Marlene (Mike) Yoder of Millersburg and Karen (Don) Yoder of Berlin.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday at Noon at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Marshallville with Pastor John Corsi officiating. Private burial will take place in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Spidell Funeral Home in Mount Eaton. A memorial website has been created by the funeral home and may be accessed at www.spidellfuneralhome.com where you may share a memory or sign the guestbook. The family would like to thank the staff of Walnut Hills Nursing Home and Crossroads Hospice for all of their care during Thurston's illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Suite E., Green, OH 44685.
Published in The Times Reporter on Nov. 13, 2012