Ralph Vachal
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RALPH VACHAL
February 19, 1923 ˜ June 19, 2020

Ralph Vachal, 97, passed away June 19, 2020 at his Proebstel/Livingston, WA area home, the same property where he was born. Ralph was born February 19, 1923, the youngest child of James and Stella (Binder) Vachal.
He graduated from Union High School in 1941. After school, Ralph enlisted in the Navy, and was a World War II veteran. He served aboard the USS Douglas Fox, and was on board when the ship was hit by a kamikaze May 5, 1945.
He married Dorothy Darlene Davis on January 31, 1947. They spent nearly the entirety of their 65-year marriage on the family farm, raising three children. Dorothy passed away on March 22, 2012.
Ralph farmed his entire life. Dairy cows and laying hens in the early years with his father, and later raising cattle and fryer chickens. In addition to farming, he had a share of and worked at the Linnton Mill and drove truck for the Hockinson Co-op. He and Dorothy also owned and operated the country store in Proebstel for a time. Ralph was a member of the Elks, the Western Czech Fraternal Organization, and a 55-year member of the Washington Grange #82. He had many friends, and long enjoyed hunting and fishing, even into old age. Ralph continued living at home, and was active on the farm well into his 90’s. In his later years, he enjoyed motoring the farm on an ATV. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him.
Ralph is survived by his children and their spouses: Diana and James Harrison, Dean and Pauly Vachal and Don Vachal; grandchildren and spouses: Vanessa and Brian Viles, Bradley Vachal and Deborah Gumm, Christopher Vachal and Colleen Allen (unmarried), and Ashley Vachal; and great-grandchildren: Avery and Blake Viles and Everett Vachal.
He was preceded in death by his wife; his daughter-in-law, Janet (Dinihanian) Vachal; and his siblings: Ted, Ethel Snyder and Alice Snider.
The family would like to thank Marge, Sue, Roxy, Heather, Joylyn, and Visiting Angels, the loving caretakers, for making Ralph’s last days and months as comfortable as possible.
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Published in The Columbian on Jun. 28, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
Ralph & Dorthy were dear friends of my parents. Carol & Albert Waddell. They raised chickens too! He was at our farm often. He always made me laugh! My friend & I walked down to the little store they owned almost every day! He will be missed. God bless the family!
Gail Wiltse
Friend
July 4, 2020
My DAD AND MOM WERE NEIGHBORS TO RALPH AND DOROTHY FOR MANY YEARS. RALPH WAS A GREAT NEIGHBOR AND ALL OF US GIRLS THOUGHT ALOT OF THE FAMILY. HAVEN'T SEEN RALPH FOR MANY YEARS. BUT THOUGHT OF HIM AND FAMILY ALOT. HE WAS A GENTLE MAN,AS I RECALL. AND WILL BE MISSED. HE HAD A LONG LIFE. TO ALL THE KIDS WE USE TO BABY SIT. TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
BOOTS VANDENBERGHE BAIRD.,RAMONA NICHOLS,GAIL APPERSON AND SHARON JULSON.
Boots Baird
Neighbor
July 3, 2020
Ralph was a great man and a really great friend. I will miss you greatly. We had some really fun times hunting, fishing. Memories were had from elk hunting in Montana to fishing in Alaska. RIP my friend you were one of a kind. Thank you for it all.
Dennis
Friend
July 3, 2020
In 1969 we bought ten acres of the Vachal homestead. Ralph was always very kind to us, and we have fond memories of our first experience working in the hay fields with Ralph and the boys. His Mother would always fix us a wonderful lunch. We always enjoyed seeing Ralph driving his pickup in the neighborhood with his faithful dog by his side. He will be greatly missed.
Bill and Janet Fallon
Friend
July 3, 2020
You will be deeply missed I always enjoyed it when you came in to the Safeway fuel station, and chatting we me.
My condolences to his family
Dale Ann
Friend
June 29, 2020
It was on the mourn
That I saw a ship a sailing
The sea was calm
The winds were fair
Ralph was young
And he was at the rail
With shipmates once again.---rs
Roger B. Sheetz
June 28, 2020
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always. I enjoyed hunting and fishing with Ralph. Especially the time Ralph traveled to Alaska to fish with me. I always enjoyed stopping by Ralphs for a visit when I was in the area. Will be greatly missed by many.
Mike Hopley
Friend
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