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PEORIA - Ralph W. Rashid, 87, of Peoria passed away at 12:40 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, at Methodist Medical Center.

He was born Nov. 6, 1920, in Toulon, Ill., to Namen and Amelia (Rashid) Rashid.

He is survived by one sister, Florence M. Rashid of Peoria; one niece, Martha (Dennis) Schuler of Morton; two nephews, Vic (Kathy) Rashid and Jerry (Kim) Rashid, both of Peoria; and nine great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.

Ralph was co-owner of the Ideal Food Market in Peoria, which was a family operated retail grocery and meat market.

Ralph served in the U.S. Army for almost four years and was a charter member of the 5th Army when it formed in Africa. His tour of duty included stops in Africa, Sicily and Italy, and he served under Gen. George Patton while a member of the 1st Armored Division. From Europe, Ralph's unit went directly to the Pacific Theatre and was scheduled to go in the invasion of Japan when the war ended.

Following his military duty, he was in business as part-owner and president of the Rashid Provision Company, a distributor for Oscar Mayer & Company for more than 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was account executive for Peoria Chiefs and Peoria Rivermen, where he originated Fan Appreciation Night.

He was the recipient of 2004 Builders Award from the Peoria Rivermen's Hall of Fame.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Peoria Jaycees, Peoria Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Peoria Post 2, Knights of Columbus 427 Third Degree Spalding Council, Old Timers Baseball and Elks Club; president of Spalding Boosters Club; past president of Peoria Metro Lions; and past commander of VFW Post 814 in Peoria.

He received the five year Recognition Award for the Peoria Chiefs and Chicago Cubs.

A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holy Family Church, with Franciscan Friars officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wright & Salmon Mortuary, with recitation of the rosary at 6:45 p.m. Additional visitation will be 30 minutes before the Mass at the church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in West Peoria.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Hospital of Illinois.

Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 4, 2008.
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March 6, 2008
Dear Rashid Family,

Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of Ralph. He was very dedicated, kind and had a great sense of humor. He will be missed. Ralph and the Rashid Family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Greg & Judy Shaheen & Family
Greg Shaheen
March 6, 2008
To my Rashid (other) family;
Having grown up with Jerry Rashid since we were in kindergarten together I have been close with the whole Rashid family and when Jerry said everybody called him Uncle Ralph it was especially true for me. When I was young, Uncle Ralph was this exciting and busy guy who always had time for me when I was hanging around their house, as all the family did. There was always warmth and love in the Rashid house, and much joking and joshing among them. To me: it was just like just like family, walk in without knocking, say hi and look for the food! To Flo; you are part of a great family and I miss and remember Ralph, Alice, Billie, Alvey and Vic and I still miss you. God Bless you all.
David Abraham
March 5, 2008
We have many great memories of Ralph. He loved to talk and share his life experiences. His trip to East Africa excited us to take the same trip later in our lives. We send our prayers and thoughts to you his family.
Dick and Darlene Cornelius
March 5, 2008
Our deepest sympathy to the Rashid family. Ralph was a wonderful person with a great sense of humor and an amazing memory for names. He treated everyone as a friend and we will miss him. We have such fond memories of him because of his dedication while working for the Rivermen.
Sherri, Kevin, Rachael Schneider
March 5, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Albie Rashid
March 4, 2008
I was sorry to hear about you lost. HE WAS A NICE PERSON
March 4, 2008
Rashid Family:
Ralph was a wonderful person. His friendship and genuine concern for others will forever be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him. His passing should encourage all of us to do our best to help others, as he did throughout his lifetime.
God bless you all.
Clay & Mary Cantrell
(Peoria, IL)
Clay Cantrell
March 4, 2008
I was sorry to hear about you lost.
Dorothy Reatherford
March 4, 2008
Flo, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Ralph will be missed by his family, friends and the community. My mother, Martha Myers, has such fond memories of all of you from those wonderful WMBD days and will be saddened to learn of Ralph's passing. God bless you and your family.
Nena and Dick Peplow
March 4, 2008
Rashid Family;
I'm sorry for your loss and I will keep you all in my prayers.
Dan Tingwall
March 4, 2008
Flo, we know how much you will miss Ralph. May our Lord and Savior give you and the rest of the family a peace that is above all. Ralph will be greatly missed by all who ever came in contact with him.
Gene & Ann Rebholz
March 4, 2008
Jerry & Kim,
So sorry for your loss. You and the kids are in our prayers.
Rhonda & Bobby Parker
March 4, 2008
To Flo and the rest of the family, May you know and experience God's peace in Ralph's passing. Having grown up across the street from Ralph and the girls, I feel like I have in some way gotten to know the entire Rashid family. With a honk of the car horn, we always knew when someone had passed by. Ralph will be greatly missed.
Mike Rebholz
March 4, 2008
Dear Vic & Jerry,

I am sadden to hear of the passing of your Uncle Ralph. Ralph always had a smile on his face, and extended his hand at every opportunity. I will always remember him as a "mover and a shaker", when it came to fund raising for various youth sports that I had an opportunity to be a part of as a young man growing up in Peoria.

My thoughts and prayers are with the both of you and your family during this difficult time. Take care and God bless you all.
Mike Barnett
Mike Barnett
March 4, 2008
It is with deepest regret that we read of the passing of a true gentleman and someone we could call friend. Ralph called on us as Red Fox Grocers for years and our day was always brighten by his precense. We feel blessed to have had him in our lives. We express our sincerest sadness of such a true gentleman. Sam and Pat Adams
San and Pat Adams
March 4, 2008
The entire Fry family would like to express our deep sorrow on the passing of Ralph. As a long time sports fan, we will keep him close to our hearts and always appreciated his love an devotion especially for the Rivermen. May he rest in peace.
Jim and Monica Fry
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