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.