Ralph D. Williams, age 84, of McDowell, Missouri, passed away Monday, July 20, 2009 at his home.
He was born October 18, 1924, in Star City, Missouri, the son of Maynard and Alphia (Brown) Williams. On September 18, 1949, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, he was united in marriage to Rethal Mae Zinn.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife of over fifty-nine 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; eleven 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, Oklahoma, Stacy Sunby of Miami, Oklahoma, 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, Mississippi; fourteen 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, Missouri. He was a dairy farmer, a field man for Producer's Creamery in Monett and later 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 in McDowell.
Memorial contributions may be made to any children's charity or to Missouri Girl's Town in memory of Ralph.
Online obituaries, guestbook and private condolences may be viewed at www.fohnfuneralhome.com.