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Steve Ralph III

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Steve Ralph III Obituary
Steve Ralph III

Bartlett, tn

Steve Ralph III of Bartlett Tennessee passed away on August 15, 2017. He was born 22 June 1931 in Osceola Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents Steve Ralph Jr., and Mary Louise Fletcher. He graduated from Hendrix College and had degrees from the University of Tampa and The Naval Postgraduate School. He retired from the US Navy with the Rank of Captain where he served as a Naval Aviator. He flew All Weather Fighter Aircraft Off Aircraft Carriers and served as a Surface Warfare Officer. He served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He Commanded at Sea on four occasions and served on various Staffs and the Pentagon. His personal awards included the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star for Valor.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Elizabeth Moore, his sister Betty Lou Barr, his sons Colonel Steve Ralph IV USMC (RET), Robert Ward Ralph and Joseph Fletcher Ralph, his daughters in law Dr. Risa Ramsey-Ralph and Amy Ralph.

He was a proud grandfather of Faith, Grace, Steve Ralph V., and Judge.

Captain Steve Ralph III USN (RET) will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC. The family will gather and receive friends Wednesday, August 23, from 5-7 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Road, Bartlett TN. The family requests, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on Aug. 20, 2017
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