Ralph D. Williams, 84, of McDowell, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009, at his home.
He was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Star City, the son of Maynard and Alphia (Brown) Williams. On Sept. 18, 1949, in Eureka Springs, Ark., he was united in marriage to Rethal Mae Zinn.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of over 59 years, Rethal; three daughters, Tracie Snodgrass and husband, Mike, of McDowell, Pam Dorton and husband, Ted, of Verona, and Tamra Sunby and husband, Larry, of Monett; one son, Kelly Williams and partner, Michael, of Washington, D. C.; one sister, Ruby West and husband, Byron, of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren, Shey Snodgrass and wife, Julie, of Monett, Shasta Schmidt and husband, Roy, of McDowell, Chelsea Sunby and Kelsey Conard, of Pierce City, Cody Sunby, of Monett, Larry Junior Sunby, of Wyandotte, Okla., Stacy Sunby, of Miami, Okla,, Shannon Moller and husband, Dwayne, of Purdy, Sean Kelley and wife, Tina, of Monett, Keri Dewitt and husband, Mike, of Butterfield, Tara Twitchell and husband, Jerel, of Neosho, and Austin Kelley, currently stationed at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one great-grandson, Patrick Moller.
At the age of four, Ralph and his family moved to McDowell where he attended grade school and later became a life-long resident. He graduated from Verona High School and continued his education at SMS and Drury in Springfield. He was a dairy farmer, a field man for Producer's Creamery in Monett, and later he worked as a social worker for Barry and Lawrence County Division of Family Services. During World War II, he served his country in the United States Army as a high security code operator. Ralph was a loving husband, father and grandfather with a great love of the outdoors and an avid fisherman.
A celebration of life for family and close friends will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Little Flat Creek at McDowell.
Memorial contributions may be made to any children's charity or to Missouri Girl's Town in memory of Ralph.
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